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Festival Chic

The rain is pouring down and the sky is grey- looks like summer is here. And with it comes the festival season.

Published on June 2nd 2006.

Festival Chic

The rain is pouring down and the sky is grey- looks like summer is here. And with it comes the festival season. Ok, so there is no Glastonbury this year, but with music events springing up all over the country it’s time to don your wellies and dust off the sleeping bag for some good old summer festival fun.

If you’re anything like me, the thought of dancing around in a muddy field won’t particularly appeal, but ever since the likes of Kate Moss and Cat Deeley squeezed into their oh so tiny khaki shorts and green wellies, the festival circuit has become as much about the fashion as it is the music.

So what are this seasons festival essentials? Well, it’s all about the hippy boho vibe, and expressing your personality with some practical twists.

Wellies are of course a must-have for the British summertime and with such an array of multicoloured treats on offer up and down the high street, wellie choosing has become some what of a minefield. The traditional green hunter boot, sported by Ms Moss, Air and Paltrow will never date and is the Chanel of the Wellington world. However if you fancy injecting a bit of personality into your footwear try the London Zip White Wellington by Swedish footwear specialists Tretorn, featuring a Puma trainer sole £45 or this funky zebra style by Lou Grali reduced to just £29.99 both at www.wellieart.co.uk. Grab them while you can girls!

With the hippy vibe still rife in the festival world, festival chic revolves around relaxed, comfortable clothing. Layering is essential as it can be cracking the pavements one minute then monsoon rainfall the next. Kaftans are a great option- there are tonnes in the shops at the moment, try Top Shop, H&M and Urban Outfitters for some of the best, but my favourite is this flower print creation from Ted Baker at John Lewis (£50). Pop a vest underneath and twin it with jeans, wellies and multicoloured beads (or a backstage pass) for the perfect funky look.

If the word kagool brings back memories of your mum squeezing you into a plastic lined, sweaty, blue anorak, think again. The waterproof world is now a much brighter place thanks to new styles, materials, and fashion lead collections. Check out this canary yellow number from The North Face (£60). It has all the technical features you could want, is totally breathable and hardwearing, plus it will keep you dry- bonus! Pop it over a floral print sundress and add a headscarf for total star appeal.

One must for any summer event is a nice big bag to pack all your bits into. But instead of going for the traditional back pack, why not go wild with your colour and choose a handy holdall in this season’s bold prints. Top tips when choosing your festival holdall are:

Look for styles that go over the shoulder to allow ease of dancing.

Have a zip-up compartment to keep wandering hands at bay.

Make sure they are easy to clean and waterproof, because nobody wants soggy sandwiches.

This option from Accessiorise (£25) would brighten up anyone’s rainy day and its waterproof lining, zip compartment and shoulder style tick all the festival boxes!

So there you go ladies, all you need for a head turning, festival look worthy of any VIP list. Other key pieces to remember are huge shades, chunky accessories and a blow up pillow- because even the most hardened festival-goer needs somewhere soft to lay their head and catch up on some hard earned beauty sleep.

Happy Camping!

Kathryn Whittaker

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