Monday, 23 May 2011

Festival Fashion: Part Deux

Accessories? Obviously!

You know that I love, love LOVE accessories and believe that they can take a meh look and make it amazing, so I think this entire section should talk about which ones I’m taking along to complete my looks. Personally, festivals aren’t really the place for my most expensive or treasured items (The Chanel bag stays at home) just in case any of them were damaged or lost. It’s so easy to lose things and I don’t want anything ruining my good time. Here are the bits I’m taking….what else would you take?

clockwise from left: Bag warehouse, bracelets urban outfitters,headband Asos, rings H&M and Asos, necklace V&A shop, green necklace gifted, studded belt urban outfitters renewal, cuff urban outfitters, earrings topshop scaves Alexander Mcqueen and H&M
My festival bag should be large enough to fit my essentials (cash, ID, phone, lipbalm) as well as be pickpocket-proof. This bag has a drawstring as well and a snap closure.It's also across the body, leaving my hands free (okay, for holding drinks) and raving. I cannot stress the importance of having a secure bag that's not too heavy(so you won't keep putting it down). Also, the festival belt/bag combos are a much cuter version of a bum bag.
Both scarves are oversized and the red one is cashmere- perfect for keeping warm in the evening.Scarves are brilliant not only for finishing an outfit(around the head, neck, waist or as a top/dress) but they're practical if you want to sit down or use as a towel. Pick up a couple of cheap ones from the holiday sections on the highstreet.

clockwise from left: Floppy hat Asos, black hat warehouse, black rimmed hat topshop, ankle boots primark, scarf kookai

I'm also packing a couple hats to hide the inevitable bad hair days (dry shampoos can only do so much). I love the floppy version to add a 70's feel to my sundresses. Also these ankle boots are so comfy! I'll be wearing them with denim cutoffs or to toughen up my minidresses. I think I'll also bring some brogues and love deckshoes with shorts.

from left: Rayban wayfarers, Chloe Heloise sunglasses

No festival look would be complete without sunglasses. I'm only bringing two this time and keeping the shapes classic. I think cat-eyed shaped or coloured sunglasses are so cute and hope to see loads of them there, but personally I'd rather stay low key to compliment my looks.

Dree xxxx

Friday, 20 May 2011

Festival Fashion: Part Une

And here, as promised is my festival series. I’m so excited about the festival season: great music, new friends and lots of beer! I always have such a great time and I’m sure you guys do as well! The real challenge is how to look good/stylish when you haven’t showered in 2 days and been sleeping in a tent for 3 hours a night! Here is my four part guide to looking your best (easily and cheaply!) Hope you guys enjoy it!


Classically, there have been 2 festival fashion camps: Boho and rocker chick. I’m a huge advocate of both looks and think both look great in the sunshine, but why not use this opportunity to try something new or trendy? This year, I’m trying colour blocking: so simple and easy, but big impact! The highstreet is full of separates in gorgeous colours (favourites include H&M and River Island), so you could try blue/red/green or yellow/red/blue combos. Anything goes really! The only drawback being that you have to pack loads of separates, which can be a pain or you may not have the space.  

Perfect Rocker chick

I’m loving the summer blouses (Topshop do the best ones) and love them paired with denim cutoffs or capris pants. Such a great laid back look, whilst adding a ladylike edge.Also, for those lucky enough to find a vintage treasure, why not wear it at a festival? Remember to wear with modern pieces to keep it from looking constumey. One woman who does this beautifully is Dita Von Teese.

I know it's a playsuit, but the whole ensemble is perfectly pitched

Unfortunately, there are some fashions that look great, but become complete disasters practically: maxidresses and playsuits. I love, love, love these, but seriously, they can be total pains. Maxidresses are great until you try to walk around in them- they seem to collect detritus by dragging on the floor. Also, people step on the hem and before you know it, it’s a minidress (this may only apply to me since I’m short!). Playsuits are so cute (especially with wellies/brogues/utility boots) but they completely fail when visiting the Portaloos. Who wants to get naked in a portaloo? Ewww.

you look ace hun, but impractical!