This long, hot summer has been full of surprises, like the heatwave that’s had us Brits counting our lucky stars and the possibility that football might actually be coming home (it is). Festival season is in full swing and if you know me at all you’ll know the one thing I look forward to every year is letting loose at a festival and having a good old boogie in some crazy clothes.
There are days when a neutral palette tickles my fancy, but honestly my style is colourful, fun and quirky and there’s no better place to experiment with different outfit ideas than the music-filled fields of Britain in summertime. I’m heading to Bestival for the first time this year with a good group of mates and the line up, night life and circus theme look incredible (here’s hoping the weather stays incredible too). With all that in mind I’ve been on the hunt for some groovy accessories and items to piece my festi wardrobe together and want to share with you some great finds and essentials.
1 – The Floral Midi. One thing to keep in mind if you’re in doubt is that you can’t go wrong with a floaty boho dress and a pair of chunky Dr Marten boots (festival necessity that trump wellies with style and durability every time) for a tough but relaxed hippie look. It works to keep cool in the heat (and save you from sunburn if you’re anything like me) or looks just as cool with a sweater thrown on top if the real British weather decides to return. Urban Outfitters never disappoint in the dress department and this kimono style is ideal.
2 – The Vibrant Sweater. Anything colourful is bound to make a statement, and at a festival that’s what it’s all about. The wackiest jumpers are usually found in vintage stores or charity shops but Alexa Chung is rivalling them all with her amazing ‘Fantastic’ sweatshirt (p.s. it’s in the sale). Yellow is my personal colour theme this summer and the clashing red slogan is genius. Imagine it paired with denim shorts and boots for maximum effortless effect.
3 / 4 – Sporty Spice. Dua Lipa is forever my ultimate festival crush – her Instagram is full of gorgeous gig outfits that make for great inspo and she does sports luxe (crop tops, fashionable joggers, trainers) to a tee. This River Island two piece has that kind of casual / cool vibe all in one with the added bonus of a wrap top and flared trousers, and would work so well on a colder day or if you’re partying into the early hours. The green tone is beautiful and the stripe detailing reminds me of an American cheerleading kit. What’s not to love?
5 – Rainbow Shorts. Okay, let me start by saying how I was never into the cycling short trend… until I saw these. Not a style I would consider unless at a festival, which is the beauty of them because you embrace things you wouldn’t normally wear. The cute print on this Boohoo pair is balanced by the masculine shape, and they’re super funky to pair with any top – especially if the theme is circus!
6 – Tapestry Blanket. After going to festivals for about five years, it’s safe to say I have fully given up on camping chairs. They’re a lifesaver for about ten minutes and by the end of the festival you’re left with a soggy, beer-soaked pile of material and poles because unless you invest in a high-end one (which realistically would probably get nicked) it’ll collapse while you’re sitting in it (hilarious but not worth fifteen quid). Instead I’ve been taking my old wall tapestries to use as a blanket because they dry quickly and they look a lot prettier than an army green fold-away chair. The only downside is the lack of cupholders so beer spillage risk is higher. You can bag a cheap version on eBay / Amazon but this Urban Outfitters one is lovely.
7 – Baseball Chic. Safety first. Always. Especially if you’re as prone to scalp-burn as me. Decent vintage one-off caps aren’t easy to find so vintage style is the next best thing. I’m digging this rustic blue New Balance cap that’s only a tenner in the Topshop sale.
8 – Vinyl of the month. Nothing has marked the start of summer quite like queen of boho, angelic notes and soul-touching lyrics, Florence and the Machine’s newest release High as Hope. The album is a collection of bitter-sweet, passionate ballads with beautiful memoirs intertwined through that makes for easy and heartwarming summer listening. ‘Hunger’, ‘Sky Full of Song’ and ‘South London Forever’ are particularly special and highlight Florence’s talent for turning a short song into a touching story.
I hope you have a great month and enjoy festival season as much as me!