Festival Fashion Favourites

By Olivia Rooney, Contributor

So it’s almost that most wonderful time of the year again; festival season! While everyone is cramming information and frantically typing assignments and dissertations over the Easter break, we at The Gown thought it was a good idea to compile a list of this season’s best festival fashion fixes – just for that little bit of motivation to get you through your studies.

The Statement Jacket

Embroidery is everywhere at the minute. It seems every corner you turn there is a dress or jean or shirt with embroidered flowers or fruit. And why not? This is a fun trend that’s not going anywhere soon! The floral and fruit patterns on offer scream summer and festival. This trend will jazz up any daring outfit, but also allows a plain all black look to be styled up in a subtle yet funky way. A metallic or bold coloured rain mac also allows practical and unconventional styles to meet, ensuring you will stand out in the crowd! If these styles are a step too far, a faded denim jacket is ideal for a subtle difference on a classic piece which you can easily find in high street stores for both genders.

zara jacket

Source: Zara

The Short

Shorts are a must for a festival and there are so many trends to choose from. The classic high-waist denim short never goes out of fashion. If you look hard enough on e-Bay or Depop you might just be lucky enough to get a pair of Levi’s, and they will be well worth the investment. Alternatively, most high street shops will have this chic pick on offer. For those more adventurous there is also the sequinned short. Not for the faint hearted but a stand-out piece for all you disco queens. A more typical festival short is a boho style floral short. The best way to wear these is loose with a peasant or cut-out shoulder top; you’ll be feeling the Woodstock vibes all day and will bechannelling your inner hippie. There are plenty of options for men too in the short department. Chino-style shorts are the most classic and you can get them in the plainer navy or beige tones as well as vibrant colours to make you stand out.


Source: Topshop

Give it some welly!

Wellies are an essential for those muddy festival fields. These are worth investing in. The last thing you want is for the puddles in and around the portaloos to be leaking around your toes. Hunter is a tried and tested brand and available world-wide. They come in all colours and are available in all lengths too. Whilst some can be a bit pricey they won’t fail you. On the other hand there are a lot of stylish alternatives from many high street stores including glitzy Chelsea style wellies. Whatever you go for do not forget them!


Source: ASOS

The Dress

When you think of festival fashion chances are some dainty floral patterns and maxi drsses come to mind. Whilst these are always options there are some beautiful trends at the minute almost made for a festival look. Gingham is everywhere at the moment in tops, trousers and dresses. Primark’s off the shoulder gingham number is so on trend e and under a tenner it’s hard to beat! The Molly Goddard effect has infiltrated the high street shops with most offering sheer tulle dresses. This trend is dreamy and made for getting lost in the music in the open air. Primark strikes again with the girly pink number which can be made even dreamier with a kimono, or add a bit of edge with a biker jacket. Who doesn’t love a multi-wearable dress?


Source: Primark

Statement T-Shirts

A t-shirt is the handiest item to pack in your festival bag. If you’re sticking to shorts, skirts, leggings or jeans for your bottom half then a selection of t-shirts will be the option to keep your outfit fresh. For men patterns are best to wear with a plainer jacket. This tie-dye tee is also reminiscent of a military style and so makes a perfect festival combination. While for the high-street offering for women on the t-shirt front emphasises strategically placed items that show the cheeky and light-hearted side of festival fashion.


Source: Pretty Little Thing

There we have The Gown’s festival fashion guide. A combination of classic style and the latest trends is the best way to go in the festival field. Both of these options allow for your individual style to shine through in the sun or the rain!

Happy shopping!

Featured image source: Pinterest

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