Styles fit for a festival

Summer may be nearing an end but with a couple of weeks to go until Harvest at Jimmy's there's still time to show off your festival style, says fashion expert Emma Lloyd

Summer may be nearing an end but with a couple of weeks to go until Harvest at Jimmy's there's still time to show off your festival style, says fashion expert Emma Lloyd

Forget your fortnight on the Costa del Sol, this is the year of the staycation as we move toward low carbon holidays and the weak pound making overseas holidays significantly more expensive.

Staycation is a relatively new trend of holidaying at home and locally, yet still taking time away from everyday life. With the UK being a relatively small but diverse and beautiful island we have at our disposal a wealth of staycation choices. Now, if only we could guarantee the weather!

Glamping and festivals are big news and here in East Anglia we are blessed with having Latitude on our doorstep.

Held at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, Latitude has grown massively over the last few years to become one of the UK’s best-loved festivals with its eclectic mix of music and a sprinkle of Hay-on-Wye with its literary, poetry and comedy tents.

In addition, this year, there is a touch of glamour to Latitude at the ‘Style’ tent - hosted by Daisy Lowe. Adding to the festival’s already thrilling mix of arts and culture, they’ve created a programme, which is bursting with the best of fashion, music, literature and comedy.

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The tent will be an exquisite oasis of fun, offering a series of intimate events where you can stop by for a makeover session with the Powder Puff girls and listen to short story readings by famous faces. The Style tent can be found nestling around the banks of the lake in the main arena.

So festival fashionistas, as now is the time to be thinking about that all-important wardrobe, here is my essential guide to get you through the festival season looking like one of Alexa Chung’s posse.

Roll-hem denim shorts are a staple for any festival, teamed with a slouchy motif t-shirt. Let your legs determine how high your cut-offs go, but if denim hot pants are not for you, opt for a slim leg cropped jean instead.

Not just handy for sunny days, this season’s trilby or a stetson hat will be the perfect antidote to bad hair days when you just can’t face the shower block. And of course you’ll need a pair of sunglasses to hide behind.

Ray Ban Wayfarers have clearly stamped their mark on the festival scene over the years. The late Noughties saw a massive surge in popularity for this classic style, which continues to be popular today due to the wide range of colours available together with their great UV protection.

A super-size scarf will instantly add fashion points to even the simplest ensembles and is a great way of injecting colour into your outfit, plus it’ll prove a handy extra layer on chilly evenings.

As much as you might not like to admit it, there is a good chance you might get caught in the odd summer shower. But don’t let the British weather put a dampener on your style.

Snap up a ditsy print mac with showerproof finish and oversized hood, and then at least you’ll be prepared for both rain and shine. Hunter’s iconic Wellington boot has long-been a firm favourite with festival-bound fashionistas Kate Moss and Rachel Bilson. It is the only welly to wear when the rain is falling; get your pair and don’t let showers dampen your style.

But if it’s not raining don a pair of espadrilles instead. They’re the shoes your art teacher used to wear in the summer term and they are currently having a moment. The wedge sandal’s slightly square older sister has a soft, sturdy sole making them practical for all kinds of outdoor occasions.

Again, thanks to a certain Ms Moss, the waistcoat has emerged as one of the new festival dressing essentials, perfect for adding that little something extra to simple get-ups. If you find one with fringing go to the top of the class.

With all that dancing, a secure bag is an absolute must for any festival sojourn. A satchel worn across the body ticks all the right boxes – but don’t let your accessories stop there though.

Boho jewellery makes a comeback and you can’t go wrong in anything with feathers. The Hayley Menzies tribal shawls, available from Marianna in red, grey or cream are luxurious statement feather trimmed wraps made from 100% cashmere and are simply stunning. And yes, it’s absolutely fine to unleash your inner hippy and wear flowers in your hair.

Generally, it’s a good idea to wear cheaper pieces as crowded outdoor festivals are prime places for you to lose jewellery, have your shoes trampled on and get your clothes dirty. Avoid wearing anything valuable or irreplaceable else there’ll be tears at bedtime.

And finally, the best piece of advice I can offer with your festival wardrobe?  Don’t wear a dress if you are planning to crowd surf (unless you want to give the audience a show of your own).

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