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Beauty Q: Would you wear 'bum gems'?

This is one we NEED to know.

FESTIVAL SEASON IS finally upon, as we boogie on down at Life Festival in Mullingar this weekend.

Of course, there are plenty more to come, at home and abroad, and no doubt the rig-outs will be MIGHTY.

Judging by the aisles of Penneys, glitter and gems are festival fashion trends that are here to stay. However, they appear to have taken on new and sometimes frightening guises …

… Such as, these ‘bum gems’.

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The idea is that the gems will compliment your festival outfit, which we’re assuming will have to be made up of some seriously high-leg shorts or bodysuit.

(FYI, Gypsy Shrine did it first though, and their example looks even hardcore, though they market their gems as being applicable everywhere).

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Here’s the thing – there’s obviously going to be an argument against practicality here.

But you could use that argument against a lot of what constitutes festival fashion RN. For a lot of people, festivals are an opportunity to dress outlandishly, not practically. Most people know that, wherever they apply glitter or sparkly things to, 85% of it won’t still be on you come Monday morning (or at least it shouldn’t be if you’re having enough craic).

It could also be argued that you shouldn’t really ever be sitting for too long at a festival – you are wasting VALUABLE dancing time here, people! (Not to mention that portaloos are for hovering).

However, no doubt that when you do sidle up to your camping chair to crack open a can of Gallahad, you’re going to be a bit uncomfortable. They’re probably a better option for super hot festivals like Primavera and Benicassim, when you’re more likely to swanning around in ‘kini bottoms.

Also, the environmental impact of stuff like this cannot be ignored. (Well, maybe by others, but not by me). Very few of these ranges are biodegradable, meaning that when you lose a couple of twinkly bits in a field in Laois, chances are they’ll still be there long, long after you’ve left.

But what do you reckon? Could you see yourself rocking these on you backside at an upcoming festival?


Poll Results:

You wouldn't catch me dead in them TBH. (1133)
I don't think they're practical for every occasion but I can see why people would wear them. (233)
Definitely - the more sparkle, the better! (158)



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