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Women's Festival Essentials

Your guide to staying stylish – even if you’re stuck in the mud


Always teaming her
trademark rock-chic
look with some sort
of revolutionary
twist. A boho-style
kaftan, heavily
statement pieces
finished perfectly
with a beaten-up
biker jacket and
black skinnies.


Goes for the more
preppy-rock approach
to festival fashion.
A slick of black kohl
eyeliner, leather jacket
and a classic stripe
t-shirt, all effortlessly
thrown together with
a trusty pair of denim
cut-offs and Hunter
wellington boots.


Celebrating street
style with a
approach. Throwing
out the rule book
means anything goes.
Pyjama print harems,
clashing coloured
snapbacks and, of
course, a neck full
of lanyards.

From Glasto to V – what are the
trends to wear (and where)?

Let’s begin with the beat. Creamfields, 22nd - 24th August 2014, Cheshire celebrates all things dance with icons on the decks like Eric Prydz, Annie Mac and Pete Tong. Be bright, bold and brave in this season’s shocking shades. Not for the faint, but fashionista hearted. Fun fluorescents and statement graphic prints all comfortably clash together in a very loud and electric frenzy.

Always the leaders when it comes to breaking the rules, Bestival, 4th -7th September 2014, Isle of Wight is the place to let go. From decadent dressing to fancy dress, this is a great gig to delve into a fun, retro look. Gingham and polka prints perfectly channel that 50s flavour, while a classic combination of black and white with an added pop of colour, gives that staple 60s look an instant update.

For the ultimate in indie, Reading & Leeds, 22nd -24th August sees Jake Bugg, Disclosure and Blink 182 take centre stage. One of the more casual dress codes, this festival covets ‘The Classics’. Think Brit Pop of the 90s with parkas and plaids. Denim is die hard, coming in all shapes and sizes. Belt up a mannish cardi with a pretty ribbon. Get down with some styling DIY and customise. Along with slogan and band t-shirts, relive those hazy, student days because Freshers’ Week just got very fashionable.

The power of POP! is represented at V Festival, 16th-17th August, Chelmsford & Staffordshire. Lily Allen, Justin Timberlake and The Killers headline - so no one will be rushing back to their sleeping bags in a hurry. From pretty pastels to flirty florals all mixed in with a good dose of denim, max out on those midi rings and look your blooming best with prizes going to the biggest floral headband happening.

Then there’s THE BIG one! Glastonbury, 25th-29th June 2014, Somerset. The epitome of the British festival scene, getting dressed up for a gig as diverse as Glasto means anything goes. From a casual daytime look for hours spent lazily in the Healing Fields to something more fluorescent and free for the Dance Village. And perhaps a laid-back party look for the Pyramid Stage headliners. It’s amazing how a topknot and statement lip instantly updates an oversized t-shirt dress and boots.

Finally, for something more fashionably folk, there’s Coachella, 11-13th & 18th-20th April. Dancing in the Californian sunshine to the likes of Haim, Ellie Goulding and Bastille is one sure way to eliminate the stress from your styling. Swap heavy boots for barely-there, jewelled sandals. Feel the free spirit of the desert by flourishing your hair with a feathered headdress or floral garland. Celebrate bohemian beauty with appliqué details, on-trend tassels and something deliciously sequinned to dance to at sunset.

The insiders reveal their glamping tips



“Comfy shoes are essential – I walk moreat a three-day festival than I’d do in a monthat home. I wore heeled boots one year and regretted it. Bestival is one of my favtourites. It’s friendly, fun and you can celebrate your individuality in what you wear.”

Electra Formosa

Presenter and
Celebrity Stylist

“I love festivals in the sun! Last year I went to Coachella – really glamorous. I’m going back this year. I like to keep my look simple and just use loads of kooky accessories and jewellery. My saviours are dry shampoo and face wipes – glamping essentials!”

Lois Spencer-Tracey

Style & Music

“Glastonbury is my go-to festival. Along with a waterproof, you can’t beat frayed denim shorts, biker boots and an 80s band t-shirt. Kate Bosworth always gets it right. Minimal make-up is best – mascara and coloured lip balm; and don’t forget SPF!