Festival Season: Festival Fashion

Festival fashion has become a force that eclipses seasonal trends, street style and even what is normally deemed acceptable dress. Ever since Kate Moss donned that pair of denim cut-offs and revived Hunter wellies, what your wear to a festival has been almost as important as what you wear to a wedding or job interview.

Festivals have this unique ability to infuse moments with a dusting of rock ‘n roll magic that just doesn’t happen at stadium gigs or acoustic nights. Remember when the Libertines reunited at Reading and the atmosphere was pure euphoria? Or that time Jay-Z brought out THE MJ? Then there are the moments I would give anything to nip back in time for like Bob Dylan’s rebellious gig in 1965, Janis Joplin owning the stage in Monteray or Otis Reading performing with raw emotion in 1967. This is the thing with music festivals, they create iconic moments in time – Jay Z headlining Glastonbury honestly changed the face of hip-hop, Tupac’s resurrection at Coachella was one of the years most moving moments and the list goes on. The point of all this reminiscing? To inspire your outfits at your festival of choice, because it’s not just glamming up on a Friday night, it’s becoming a tribute to a rich and rebellious history.

Below you’ll see three of the biggest and most varied festivals on the calender – the iconic Glasto, the creative Bestival and the world’s biggest party – Hideout. Styles differ teepee to teepee but if you want to lead the fashion pack there are a few trends you’ll find at each one, that you need to get your stylish head around.

Go boho at Glastonbury

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These Love Label shorts are a festi must as their classic denim appeal keeps you chic even on day three, while the colour-pop vest is a great basic for moshing in. The cross body bag keeps your essentials (plasters, tent key etc) safe and the bright and bold Hunters will be your saving grace when the rain falls.

Shop for Glasto here: Love Label Shorts, South Vest, Hunter Wellies, Love Label Jumper, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Cross body bag.

Break the rules at Bestival

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This etheral maxi dress by South has an angelic air that’s perfect for dressing up with print and colour. The statment-making kimono hits the right style note for Bestival and the beaded clutch and classic shades finish this look off with a “classic festival” feel.

Pack for Bestival here: Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, South maxi dress, Love Label Kimono, Clutch bag 

Bare all at Hideout

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If you’re wearing more than a bikini or possibly some shorts then you’re overdressed. This mono bikini was made for dancing all night on the beaches at Hideout. The printed Havaianas keep you comfy and add a splash of print, while the Aztec backpack makes sure your hands are free when you hit the EDM tent.

Get set for Hideout here: Ray – Ban sunglasses, Back pack, Flip flops, Bikini 

For more festival inspiration check out our Pinterest board – more flower crowns than you can shake a stick at!

Love, Roanna x

p.s. Check out my blog becomingraje for a gorgeous take on fashion, life and beauty.

Festival Fashion fashion illustration by Susannah Garfit (visit her website here) and graphics by Svea Carney.

1st June 2014
Written by Very_Lauren

Posted by: Iyaz 5 March 2015

Many thanks for the kind cmtmenos- Bestival was much more fun than I was expecting and I didn’t feel like the oldest person there!Glad yuo like the look CheersNx

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