Ways To Wear: Festival Fashion (ft Miss Selfridge)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Okay, so when it comes to festivals there's no real 'right' way when it comes to dressing. From my experiences I've witnessed style that ranges from short shorts and cowboy tassels, bikinis, band tees and more morphsuits than you can possibly comprehend (that's without having even visited Bestival yet...) the mantra seems to stand at; if you're happy and comfortable it's probably ok. However, when packing for festivals I know how easy it is to opt for the cheapest and oldest denim shorts and vests you own, in fear everything will become damaged and/or pinched and then end up with a backpack a lot of things you certainly wouldn't normally wear. Okay, things do get a bit dirty (that's why Ariel was invented) but in general most of my clothing has always stayed in tact, meaning I'm now confident to have a little more fun with my festival fashion, and why shouldn't we all? It certainly makes the time a little more fun, and by no means has to be expensive. After teaming up with the fab Miss Selfridge; I've compiled a selection of various outfits (each for a different festival theme: Dance, Indie, Abroad, Celeb Spotting, and Day festival) and ways to wear them, in hope to give a basic outline on how to create some versatile, interesting and wearable looks for your field trips this summer...

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(Looks 1-3- All clothing Miss Selfridge: 1: Headband: New Look, Shoes: Topshop, 2: Boots: Topshop, Jacket: Whistles, 3: Boots: Topshop)

Looks 1-3 were created for your typical 'indie' summer festival. Think Reading & Leeds, Field Day, Isle of Wight or Leefest. Obviously the maxi skirt and sandals look is exclusively for something a with little less mud, or even something abroad (this would have been perfect for Benicassim), but teamed with an oversized denim or leather jacket makes for a pretty late night outfit at something a little more whimsical a la The Secret Garden Party. Additionally, the second two looks include two of my favourite festival outfit details: studding and tassels- I even went and matched my boots to my dress, fancy!

PLAYLIST 1: Howler: Back Of Your Neck, Beach Fossils: Sometimes, Kindness: House, The Vaccines: No Hope, Summer Camp: Better Off Without You, Spector: Celestine.

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(Looks 1-4: All clothing Miss Selfridge, 2: Belt: Vintage, Boots: Topshop, Hat: American Apparel, 3: Jacket: Whistles, Sunglasses: Zara, Boots: Topshop, 4: Sunglasses: New York: Shoes: Converse)

A series of looks, created for a series of festivals. Although any of these outfits, could pretty much be worn to any type of festival (bar the heels in look 1- not always practical ;) the looks go as follows; 1: dance festival (or something for the evening, at Benicassim the main arena was all concrete, meaning you could probably get away with something like this), 2: Day festival- armed with a big Aztec print bag (obviously packed with a rain mac, snacks, and if in England, a woolly jumper just in case!), 3: Celeb spotting- cool jacket and band tee, armed with some huge bad-ass shades to fan-girl over your favourite band crushes as they line the field (so cheesy, but so so true), 4: Dance festival- Perfect for something like Global gathering or Creamfields; a playsuit and a UFO sized top knot make for the perfect outfit to get around in.


PLAYLIST 2: Friends- Mind Control, Mother Protect- Niki & The Dove, Where Are Your People?- We Have Band, Grimes- Vanessa

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(Looks 1-3: All clothes Miss Selfridge, 2: Shoes: Topshop, 3: Shoes: Topshop, Sunglasses: Zara)

I've picked these final outfits based on festivals overseas! Having visited Benicassim last year, and with other festivals this summer including Roskilde in Denmark, Exit in Serbia and Pukkelpop in Belgium,these picks will carry you through the scorching daylight heat, to cooler later hours when many sets usually begin. When I was in Spain last year, I didn't realise that although vests, shorts and bikinis were appropriate day-wear, come the evening (think 7-4 in the morning) when the bands were playing, it became surprisingly cool and breezy meaning chunky cardigans and oversized shirts were pretty necessary. I'm in love with this Olsen esque cardigan from Miss Selfridge, which would look equally as cool over some denim cut-offs!


PLAYLIST 3: Tribes: Sappho, Blood Orange: Champagne Coast, Beirut: East Harlem, The Black Keys: Lonely Boy, Beach House: Myth, King Charles: Lady Percy


I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to pack a festival wardrobe, are any of you going to any cool festivals this summer, or have you already been? If so, have fun!


x

Head over the Miss Selfridge Blog to see my post there if you fancy too! All items are available to buy online too.

44 comments:

  1. This was really helpful, and all the outfits looked lovely on you1 Such great choices, I especially loved the maxi skirt :) xx Becky

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  2. You look so so so amazing! It's hard packing for festivals because of the fudging weather but you've chosen some awesome pieces that are really versatile! <3

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  3. You look stunning in all these photos, I love the looks

    xx

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  4. You look stunning in all these outfits! I really love the cardigan in playlist 2!

    xoxo, Laura

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  5. Ahh you look amazing, I want it to just be warm so I can dress like this despite Bestival being the only festival I am going to! There are SO MANY of those morph suits at Bestival! I went to Coachella this year and there was lots of girls going about barefoot in the grass and sunshine.... bliss x

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  6. Gorgeous outfits, I love the first selection of clothes most, especially the fringing! x
    Sirens and Bells

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  7. Absolutely love this post Olivia, so many lovely outfits! Are you going to Beni again this year? I went last year too and had the best time, I WISH I could go this year and see the Stone Roses!

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  8. Cool outfit ideas!

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  9. These are amazing! festival fashion has ultimately got to be my favourite! This is making me even more gutted that I couldn't go to field day this year, even after winning tickets... Got to be one of my favourites!

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  10. love this post, gorgeous outfits!

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  11. I loved this post- great idea and you look so stylish in each outfit!

    I'm going to the 02 Wireless festival on the Saturday with Drake so this has given me some ideas. My dad has already purchased a rather fetching pink rain poncho for me in case of any bad weather!

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    Sarah

    xx

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  12. What an impressive and varied range of outfits you have put together into one post. All we need now is a little less mud/wind/rain so that such lovely looks don't end up being covered over with a waterproof jacket!
    I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to leave your very honest comment on my 'Mental health' post a while back.

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  13. wow love all the outfits especially the first one with the maxi skirt :) xx

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  14. These are all gorgeous looks Liv! I am lusting after the studded boots though - they must become a part of my life.

    Becky @ life.style.flash. x

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  15. the first set of outfits are my favourite but i love the dress on the last set! such a good post xx

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  16. Ah, this is amazing! You always look so effortless. Love it.
    Are you going to Bestival this year? I am, literally can't wait! Was amazing last year and the fancy dress is soo fun :)
    xo

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  17. Amazing post, thank you!

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  18. So many great photos. I cant pick my favourite.

    My blog is having a Le Spec Give away

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  19. I want to go to a festival so bad!x

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  20. Such a great post, so good to see all different looks in one post!

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  21. I love all the outfits!!
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    S xx

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  22. love this feature! unfortunately i'm not doing festivals this year but love your styling here :) x

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  23. That first outfit is absolutely stunning. Don't think I'd wear it at a festival (I'm going to Leeds - very muddy) but it's gorgeous for a summer party or something.
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  24. I love the first 3 looks, BEAUTS! Oh lady, this is making me want to go to a festival and I have none lined up :(
    You are as pretty as always, and I will have a festival in my room (weird?!) if I get to look like you x

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  25. i love that aztec print midi dress, so lush!
    all these looks are making me wish i was going to a festival this year (boo, student budget)
    you gorgeous as per lovely!
    love livvy co

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  26. love this post! some gorge outfits xxx

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  27. Love every single one of these outfits! Really wish i was going to a festival this year, might pick up a day tcket to somewhere. x

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  28. You look amazing! Love how you've styled each and every outfit, and all of the effort you've put into this post! xo

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  29. gorgeous outfits! thanks for your efforts doing this. this is dead useful for all of us, especially when there are festivals coming up very soon xo

    The Young Bridget Jones

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  30. Lovely post! You always make such an effort and it is well worth because I pretty much want to covet everything you are wearing here. And you are so damn pretty as well.

    Gemma x

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  31. This is such a great post! i love all the outfits and will try to style something similar for going to Hackney weekend! have you been to Leefest? my brother's friend is the guy that started it! :) xx

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  32. Absolutely loved this post! All of your looks are so lovely and have definitely given me a lot of ideas for my visits to Wireless and Bestival this summer!!

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  33. Lovely mix of outfits and music tracks too! I wish it didn't rain at festivals in England... mud is horrid and I have visions of losing shoes in an abyss of mud...

    x

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  34. You are beautiful :) and look great in all of these clothes LaceyLoves

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  35. These outfits are so so lovely! I especially love the second dress from the third row, got a great grungy feel <3

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  36. beautiful picks! esp those amazing coloured bow shoes and the sheer blouse!

    Big Smiles,

    bb, xoxo

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  37. I love your style!
    Like the maxi and floral headband look, the best :)

    BLEURGH
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  38. i really really love your hat :) <3

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  39. Very inspirational post! I also adore that cardigan as well as the (pink, blue and green) cut out heels - where did you find those beauts? Couldn't find it referenced underneath the photo is all x x

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  40. You have definitely given me some inspiration for my festival outfit for Hackney weekend!
    I have the fringe kimono cardigan... amazing isn't it. Im in love with it!

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  41. Such a great post! Absolutely love the looks being matched to different types of festivals, think the maxi skirt and flower headband looks is my favourite but you look fab in all of them! Great playlists too xxx

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  42. Oh Liv, what have you done to me? You've sold me that black, gold studded dress in the top row but I cannot find it anywhere on the MS site & now I'm distraught.

    You look absolutely amazing in every outfit here. I'm pretty sure you could wear a bin liner though and outshine us all! ♥

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  43. you have the best best best taste in music

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