The essential festival fashion guide

December 16, 2014


Music festivals are the time to embrace your inner bohemian, so take inspiration from seventies Woodstock style. It’s all about flower power, loose styles and fun accessories. Visit fashion retailers such as Universal Store that have a range of floral patterned, lace and floaty pieces to get you in the festival spirit. Keep reading for a guide to essential festival fashion so you can stand out from the crowd this season.


A patterned playsuit is an easy and practical festival favourite. For a pretty bohemian style, opt for a floral print and a style that is drawn in at the waist. Pair with sandals, a long pendant and loose, wavy hair for a breezy look. Another playsuit option is to put denim overalls together with a white or striped tee and a slick of red lipstick, for a preppy take on festival fashion.

Swing dress

To really make a splash at the festival, look like you’ve just stumbled out of Woodstock with a colourful swing dress. For true seventies style, choose a style with bell sleeves, a short hemline and a loud pattern. If you aren’t feeling brave enough for a bold print, opt for a lacy design with sheer pattern on the sleeves for an equally retro style. Really show off your legs with a pair of solid wedges that will endure all that dancing and give you a bit of extra height.

Denim shorts

For an edgier festival style, take inspiration from nineties grunge. Find a pair of beat-up looking denim shorts, fashionably frayed with a tear or two. Put with an oversized tee, white is best. You can also show your loyalty to your favourite band by wearing their merchandise or have fun with slogans. If the festival is looking like a muddy one, finish the look with black lace-up boots for true grunge style.

Flower power

Make the most of the chance to wear flowers in your hair and rock that flower crown. Flowers mounted onto a headband make for the easiest option to keep them in place all day long. If you are wearing your hair up, pin a few flowers into your bun to get your hair into festival mode.

Oversized sunglasses

No festival outfit is complete without a pair of oversized sunglasses. Feel free to play with shapes and colours, maybe consider a pair of exaggerated cat eye frames in a white or tortoiseshell shade. Or stick with the classics and rock your favourite pair of aviators for relaxed seventies style. Online stores such as Felix Gray (try these guys out) might be quite helpful in finding the right pair. For even more fashionable sun protection, wear an oversized hat as well. A broad-brimmed floppy style is the most popular option and will keep you looking and feeling cool during the long, hot day.

What will you be wearing to your next music festival? Will you embrace bohemian glamour, fun seventies style or nineties grunge? What items are your festival essentials? Comment below with our festival favourites and keep reading for even more ideas on how to ace festival fashion.

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