Festival style tips & tricks

Festival season comes around quick – and with it the default wardrobe staples of denim shorts, floral wreath headbands, beads and the like. But we’ve been there, done them – and for far too long. It’s time to change the dress code and approach festival season with fresh eyes and a new look (and we don’t deny that might be hard to do considering fashion’s affection for the Seventies and hippy bohemia right now – but it can be done).

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It’s about thinking of quirks and tricks that make your style individual. Decorate your hands not your head – fingers enlaced with rings and striking henna, for example, is far more interesting. Then pile on the costume jewellery to trinket-y effect. Look to the jewellery-make-up Chola hybrid we saw at Givenchy autumn/winter 2015 for inspiration (though beautiful, you may find this actual look is more suited to the catwalk than the festival field).

If you really want to keep the focus on your hair, then leave the blooms behind and replace them with braids – the hairstyle of choice right now, and one that comes with far more than just the option of a simple plait trailing down the neck. They can, in fact, be done to mimic a flower garland in their elaborate construction. Or try out some millennium Bjork knots in your hair – it won’t be long before everyone will be doing them.

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A skinny scarf says you are definitely with the band and when at a festival, it’s a very legitimate look – and one that can easily take its nods from Saint Laurent, both spring/summer 2015 and forthcoming autumn/winter 2015. If you’re doing a scarf, don’t do a hat. You want to look like you’re with the band, not desperately following them around.

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Depending on the weather, your cover-up options range from something kaftan-like (though choose carefully) to a biker jacket number or some suede fringe. The latter will work best with a retro motif T-shirt and jeans. If channelling the Seventies, it’s about little nods, not over-enthusiastic ones. A biker jacket will deflect away all traditional festival stereotype looks, more rock ‘n’ roll and suited to being at a gig in its approach.

The rule of thumb, really, is: if you’ve worn the look before; if these are the samedenim shorts, the same floral accessory, shades et al from last year, and the one before, and one before; don’t wear it.

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