Festival season is in full swing right now and yet again my news feed is swamped full of the latest high street looks and how to look ‘on trend’ while covered in mud. Well – vintage lovers like surfing the crowds and sitting in fields listening to bands just as much as the next person! But just what DO you wear when you want to stay super sassy and glamorous yet drink alcoholic beverages from plastic bottles while putting UV paint on your cheeks?
‘My number one tip for styling vintage festival wear is – anything goes. DON’T follow the crowd – stand out in it. Use your imagination. The plain grassy fields are your blank canvas so paint away’
If you are visiting an English festival, be prepared for our wonderful varied weather. Pack things that you can layer and go for similar colours so that everything goes with everything else. I love to pack some stand out pieces – a sassy full circle skirt, or a colourful rain mac. When you think “festival” – try steer clear from the standard Primark floral head band and denim shorts combo – be more inventive! Make your own floral crown or crazy headwear and customise a pair of vintage jeans into shorts for something different. What I love about festivals is that people can wear the craziest of outfits and get away with it – what a great opportunity to express who you are.
I wore this fabulous get up to the Isle of Wight Festival when The Northernettes performed a set there. The “skirt” shown here is actually a 1980s does 1950s vintage prom dress that I purchased from a vintage stall at the Isle of Wight Festival while I was there for a bargain sum of £5.00. I wore it as a dress with the white crop top underneath but then also rolled the bodice down to make a skirt.
I also bought this pastel stripy jumper from another vintage stall at Isle of Wight for £3.50 – it was a quick purchase as I had not brought anything from my tent that day and needed something to warm me up. It has actually become one of my favourite vintage jumpers and I cannot bear to part with it or sell it on my store. It is really lightweight but keeps you warm when layered. It has a pretty pastel print and a slight slashed neckline that is really flattering.
I paired this with a straw bag (available from Monica Valentine Vintage), a headscarf and some sparkly jelly sandals. I packed some ankle wellies for if it rained but otherwise, jelly sandals are perfect for me at a festival. They keep my feet cool and are really comfy, also – you can just run them under some water if they get mucky! Of course, I have silver sparkly ones because what is life without a bit of sparkle?
Headscarves are the item I probably over pack when going to a festival. Perfect for bad hair days, adding some sass as a neckerchief or even jazzing up a plain outfit as a belt – they are really versatile. I try and pack a good few that coordinate colour wise with whatever I am wearing. Another essential item I cannot live without has got to be dry shampoo! For me I could wear no make up and sunnies all day long but if my hair looks rubbish then I shrivel inside a little. Dry shampoo is perfect for adding volume; if you don’t want to brave the mucky showers or if just want a quick spritz up for the nighttime!
No festival kit would be complete without a pot of glitter – literally each time me and Sophie May were ready to go out for the day – Katie would insist our outfits were not complete without her mandatory glitter check. If you have any lip balm, pop a few dabs on your cheeks or under your eyes, apply glitter and you are an instant fairy.