Many of us may have dreamt of strutting our stuff on the catwalk, having been dressed in weird and wonderful garments by top designers, hair coiffed and make up on point. For those of us ballsy enough to accept that that probably isn’t going to be a reality (especially if we keep scoffing donuts and skipping the gym), there’s a chance to look out of this world in our own back yards. Behold, the look of this season: festival fashion.
When it comes to festivals, often the way we style ourselves, with clothes, makeup andaccessories, is just as important as the music. Festival fashion has become a big deal over the last few years and there are some really great outfits and accessories available in shops and all over the internet. What better time to fully express yourself through fashion than when you’re in a field surrounded by thousands of other people doing the same and letting all their inhibitions go?
There are many styles you can adopt and explore through festival season. From the more popular ‘laid back boho’, with a maxi dress and flower crown, to ‘soft grunge’, think dark colour palette, denim and tartan, to ‘urban space chic’ focussing on metallics and glitter to ‘wannabe Pocahontas’ with a Native American style headdress and plenty of fringing. Simply put, at a festival, ANYTHING GOES.
Pom poms, sequins, glitter, feathers, fringing, Lycra, the more the merrier I say! Clashing prints and textures can be really fun and means you can pack your bag in a carefree way, not worrying too much about outfit choices. Crazy pieces and even fancy dress are seen as customary at festivals.
There are some amazing websites for festival fashion, with pieces ranging from easy to wear to totally weird and wacky. Asos (www.asos.com) offers lots of great clothing and accessory options from frayed cut-off denim shorts, cool rain macs and Hunter wellies, to rock band tees, unique sunglasses and cute headwear. There are prices to suit all pockets, from Asos’ own brand to high end boutique prices. Watch out for up to 70% off sales and also scour through ‘Asos Marketplace’ to find indie labels and pop-up shops listing their own designs. RockNRose (www.rocknrose.co.uk) sell a variety of beautiful headpieces including large floral crowns, Grecian metallic headbands and boho bejewelled pieces. Prices are a little steeper for headwear but all designs would really add to a show stopping outfit. For the show stopping outfit, look at Festival Fashion (www.festivalfashion.co.uk) or Lom fashion (www.lomfashion.co.uk). Offering daring headwear, fluorescent Lycra bodysuits, printed flares, rainbow colours and a multitude of feathers and sequins; their clothing isn’t for the fainthearted but will definitely turn a few heads whichever festival you choose. Definitely at the higher end of the price scale but many items are bespoke, limited editions and even handmade. Etsy (www.etsy.com) is another great festival fashion platform in which you’ll find plenty of individual and handmade items at fair prices. Simply type whatever you are looking for into the search bar e.g ‘Indian headdress’ and everything relating to that item from various shops will be viewable to you.
So, whatever style you choose to explore, (and why stick to one?) there’s loads of festival fashion pieces out there for everyone. Instagram is a fantastic place to start if you’re looking for inspiration as many bloggers and designers use it to promote their looks. There’s many accounts devoted solely to the likes of face glitter and gems, henna designs and bindis, all of which not only make you look awesome but are an amazing way to make friends if you feel like sharing and getting creative on someone else. And, of course, the outfits and accessories you find don’t only have to be bought for a festival. They can also be worn at home when you’re feeling extra sassy!