It’s the start of festival season next month and that means a lot more flesh on show. We’ve already been treated to the gateway of festival fashion at Coachella last month, a homage to the great and good of summer fashion, and it looks like some of the UK stores have taken some Californian inspiration for us on this side of the pond.
Now when you attend a festival, you’re always praying for a heat wave and going by the recent forecasters predictions, we are in for one of the hottest summers on record (sorry, that’s probably just jinxed it!). So with that in mind, forget the wellies and macs this year and embrace the outdoors with some fine festival attire, oh and don’t forget the golden tan.
With the likes of Reading, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Lovebox ahead of us, you’ll need the perfect cover up and I don’t mean a coat. The ultimate festival purchase this year and top of my shopping list is a vintage style kimono. Ditch the pac a mac and slip on one of these beauties from River Island in Churchill Square Shopping Centre. They come in all shapes and sizes, with fur or feather trim or with my favourite, classic tassels. Wear them cropped or keep them long over cut off denim shorts, (I found this great pair from Zara in Churchill Square, see below) and leather cowboy boots, accessorised with a statement necklace… a winning festival combo. The great thing about the kimono is that it’s such a versatile piece that it can be worn in the day right through to the evening. For other alternative looks, rock it with a maxi dress or throw it over a pencil skirt for on the spot glamour.
The ethnic trend has never been too far from festival land and this year Coachella was awash with bohemian, Aztec and tribal trends. From Latin America to Africa, we saw many collections from the likes of McQueen, Givenchy and Valentino hit the SS14 runways all influenced by this globe-trotting trend. Rather than head-to-toe tribal, tone it down with ethnic accents such as animal prints, brightly coloured zigzags (such as this mini from Zara), cut out dresses, embroidery and beading. I absolutely love this sequinned and beaded dress from River Island. The black, grey, silver and orange tones are tribal down to a T and the length is perfect for sandals or ankle boots. In fact this dress is a summer all-rounder, ideal for that festival but it would look so elegant at a wedding teamed with heels and a clutch.
And finally but often most importantly are the accessories. You’ll need a statement necklace such as this beaded diamante one from Accessorize (hurry down to Churchill Square Shopping Centre as this is sure to be a sell-out). Youâ€™ll need the perfect pair of flats when those dancing feet get too tired. Zara have a fabulous range of metallic sandals and these gold flats with ankle straps will do just nicely. And every girl needs a bag… you may prefer to wear an across the shoulder bag so you can freely swing your arms about, but going away to a festival always means a lot of baggage and I love this fringed animal print holdall that I found from River Island. Its big enough to store all your weekend supplies and is also bang on trend.