FESTIVAL FASHION #1: THE DRESS

UK Festival Fashion 2017 2018

This month I'll be heading to Reading Festival – yep, we're switching it up from the usual Leeds  (see some of my vintage posts on festival fashion/Leeds Festival here and here (lol)), because why not? I'm beginning to consider what to pack in my very un-festival-like suitcase (it has served me well through lots and lots of festivals – I will never cave to the holdall).

Obviously, I realise this is a bit late as it is reaching the end of the festival season but if you're heading to Reading Festival, Leeds Festival, V Festival, Leefest, Greenman, Creamfields or Boardmasters – hopefully this will be helpful and provide a little bit of packing inspo!

Dressing for festivals is great because you can wear things you might not normally dare to wear (i.e. a ton of glitter all over your hair/face/body, a sparkly 90s-style crop top, wellies with hot pants etc) or have the chance to, and I love the casual, music-inspired style that naturally dominates at festivals.

For years, however, the denim shorts and crop top look has been my go-to for festivals and frankly, I'm over it. This relinquishing of the one outfit I have relied on for such events has provided me with the task of coming up with, god forbid, alternative options – largely denim-free. It has not been easy, so I thought I would share my journey in the form of a festival fashion series. Keep scrolling for look number 1.

vintage bumbag festival fashion uk

The Bumbag: yes, it's still cool. Or maybe it isn't, but it's certainly practical so DEFINITELY PACK IT. There's nothing worse than dealing with an unruly cross body bag when you're trying to dance in the middle of a crowd.

Style note: People are wearing them like this now. I'm not sure how I feel about it but would like to hear your thoughts...

The Rings: it's all in the detail people. I can't leave my rings behind for anyone or anything. These are a mix of Dixi and Rock 'n Rose and I bloody love them.

denim jacket festival fashion uk

Admittedly I said my new festival looks were largely denim-free, so forgive this jacket. My beloved oversized denim jacket from Urban is my favourite thing for festivals, it just looks so great over dresses and skirts.

However, do be warned that when it gets wet, it gets VERY wet. Trust me. And probably won't dry for the remainder of the weekend, no matter how long you lay it out on the your mandala print throw, so do take an alternative outerwear option... 

trainers festival fashion uk

I can't recall ever risking trainers at a festival yet, but I am going to take them in the hope that the weather is somewhat dry this year and I actually have the opportunity to wear them. I'm as sick of wellies as I am Levi cut offs.


Of course, the prime accessory of a festival is the sunglasses. Take as many pairs as you like or can fit in your suitcase/holdall I love these cheapskate Ray Ban rip offs because they go with pretty much everything and look quite rock n roll. However some thicker frames are also useful for when you're feeling more Nicole Richie than John Lennon.

 Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Dress: ASOS
Trainers: ReebokClassics (similar below)
Sunglasses: ASOS (similar below)
Rings: Dixi & Rock 'N Rose

If you enjoyed this, stay tuned for a further two festival fashion posts! And check out my selection of similar items here:




1 comment

  1. You look gorgeous!!! I absolutely love your rings and 100% need to stock up on some for myself. Have an amazing time at Reading x

    Abi | abistreetx

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