Summer’s in full swing, and so is festival season. I’m all festival’d out this year after Bilbao BBK (see my recent posts if you wanna read allll about it) but I’ve got a serious case of the blues and I wish I could go to more! Unfortunately for me it’s time to work the rest of the holidays after having my fair share of fun, although that hasn’t stopped me stalking the shops for my festi fashion favourites and lusting over what I’d bring with me if I was off to another one.
1 – The Sturdy Shoes. I am a firm believer that Converse are literally indestructible and therefore are dream festival trainers. I’ve had my pair three years and despite being a tad battered and weathered (which looks better anyway) they’re still going strong. If I was to invest in some new ones though, I’d go for the super cool Comme Des Garcons Play collab.
2 – The Co-ord Flares. Flares are big news at festivals. They’re an instant fix to looking groovy with minimum effort, especially when teamed with a matching top. I’m majorly regretting not buying this Boohoo outfit to show off in Bilbao! I’d team it with some plaits, tinted sunnies and glitter (obvs).
3 – The Cool Tee. Forget band tees, it’s all about the slogan. Witty, blunt and bold, tucked into some Levi cut offs or a black denim skirt. Original cool gal Alexa Chung has nailed it with her ‘Screw You’ style, giving off some serious sassy vibes.
4 – The Statement Earrings. One simple way to jazz up your style for a festival? Jewellery. I’m loving all the funky earrings around at the moment, including these amaaazing orange tassel hoops I found on Etsy (I do hope I’ve made my love for hoops clear enough by now). They’re guaranteed to add a pop of colour to any ensemble but I’d team them with all white to really let them do their thing.
5 – The Disco Dress. Sportswear has long been creeping it’s way in to our daily wardrobes and proving it can be worn for more than just sports (case in point: I rarely go to the gym anymore but you’ll rarely catch me out of trainers). As much as I love a long, floaty, floral Florence & The Machine inspired dress, they’re impractical for the festival afterparty and they’re kinda dated. I’m digging the more casual, sports influenced mini-dresses, which would look as in place on a tennis court as it would in a dance tent. I’m also drooling over Fila’s collection right now, it’s got that edgy twist that stands out from other brands. So, I’d totally be ditching the hippie dress and taking this Fila number with me.
6 – The Groovy Glasses. I’ve seen a spectacular range of awesome novelty sunnies this year, shout out to the impeccable finds from my friends (think hearts, hexagonal shapes and colourful tints). These ASOS beauties are incredibly chic, featuring a slick cat eye and a flashy, vibrant red hue with a Parisian touch. I might purchase them anyway because they’re fun and would make a fab addition to my sunglasses collection.
7 – The Boho Jeans. If you’re festivalling in good old Britain (or even Spain, if it’s the North) it’s bound to rain or at least be a lil’ bit chilly and so if you’re wise (unlike me) jeans are a must. Not just plain old denim though: ripped, flared, frayed, cropped, studded, embroidered or patched, as long as they’re a tad out there, they’re good to go. This pair in the Zara SALE (!!!) are so dreamy with the right amount of hippie flare would work smashingly with an oversized jumper and boots.
8 – Vinyl of the Month. Alt-J’s second album Relaxer was released in June, and, dare I say it, is even more stunning than their debut. They’re the ultimate chill band, with those subtle bass beats, quirky lyrics and catchy tunes. Seeing them live is a dream of mine and they’d be the best festival act to watch the sun go down to. ‘Hit Me Like That Snare’ and ‘In Cold Blood’ are definitely my faves.
Hope this gives you some festival inspo!