Festival Fever – No Thanks!

When it comes to festivals, it is safe to say I am now firmly on the side of 6 out of 10 magazine and their stance in the article ´Why festivals aren´t for me´.

Now, I am the first to admit that Kate Moss and her crew of super cool friends still look amazing glamping in their Winnebago´s, complete with their own toilet and home comforts. And yes, the music is still super exhilarating in its brilliance. I am so looking forward to the Goddess that is Florence Welch headlining this Friday night. But I will be just as happy to watch it on the TV in my Menorcan hotel (blessed with all BBC channels) rather than actually experiencing it at Glastonbury.

Glastonbury Festival

Why? Well there´s the British Weather for a start. If I wanted to bathe waist high in mud, I would make sure it had some theraputic or beauty properties first – maybe in a Turkish mudbath? British festivals are well known for mud, rain and storms, it just seems the mention of the word ´festival´ seems to turn the best British Summer into Monsoon season!

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And then there´s the toilet situation. The 6 out of  10 article hits the nail firmly on the head when it says ¨…It is insane how much of my festival hate is urinary based´. There are the portaloos filled so high you literally rise when you sit down on them. The obligatory peeing in a bottle, and then throwing it (if it´s cold it´s beer, if it´s warm it´s pee…) is a sad but true fact when you have found yourself a good space and don´t want to lose it. Why would we pay good money to put ourselves through a urine soaking?

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Then there´s injuries. Pryers Solicitors have produced a great infographic of festival injuries that you can also view on the 6 out of 10 page. Falling whilst crowd surfing, being hit by flying objects, slips, trips, falls and all manner of crushes just add to the absolute ´fun´of festivals.

When you put it all together, maybe it is best to enjoy it all from the comfort of your armchair, with a clean toilet just a step away…

 

New Look has got festival style sorted

Festival season is here, and next weekend sees the biggie, with Glastonbury once again promising to be memorable. Style Queen Florence and the Machine have just been named as headliners for the Pyramid Stage, as poor Dave Grohl will be recovering from his leg surgery after falling from a stage last weekend. Florence has amazing style as well as a fantastic set of pipes, and her appearance promises to be a showstopper once again.

Festivals in the UK are as famous for the inclement weather as they are for the music, and weather does tend to govern festival fashion. Unlike Coachella, white is never a good idea at British festivals, one downpour and that lovely fresh field becomes a total quagmire. That said, there have been some amazing festival fashion over the years, with Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Alexa Chung and Millie Mackintosh all showing us how it’s done.

Festival style

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Florence Welch

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Kate Moss

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Alexa Chung

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Lily Allen

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Millie Mackintosh

New Look have a great collection of festival ready pieces that can help you to put together a cool look that will work whether you are attending a festival, or just chilling in your local park.  Whether you favour a boho style midi dress and sandals, or denim cut-offs and a fringed style top, New Look has something that will work, and won’t break the bank in the process.

Festival Style.

Look 1 – Midi dress and wellies.

Black Tile Print Strappy Midi Dress £22.99 click to visit New Look

Black Tile Print Strappy Midi Dress
£22.99 click to visit New Look

Khaki Short Buckle Strap Wellies £19.99 click to visit New Look

Khaki Short Buckle Strap Wellies
£19.99 click to visit New Look

Look 2 – 70s revisited with flared jeans and a bit of crochet.

Dark Pink Crochet V Neck Cami £17.99 click to visit New Look

Dark Pink Crochet V Neck Cami
£17.99
click to visit New Look

Blue Flared Jeans £24.99 click to visit New Look

Blue Flared Jeans
£24.99 click to visit New Look

Look 3 – mix it up Florence style with hip hop joggers, white cotton and a bum bag – yes, they’ve made a comeback!

White Crochet Trim Strappy Cold Shoulder Top £17.99 click to visit New Look

White Crochet Trim Strappy Cold Shoulder Top
£17.99
click to visit New Look

Black Aztec Print Joggers £17.99 click to visit New Look

Black Aztec Print Joggers
£17.99 click to visit New Look

Tan Studded Fringed Bumbag £12.99 click to visit New Look

Tan Studded Fringed Bumbag
£12.99 click to visit New Look

Look 4 – A kimono is a must have festival piece, team blue with tan accessories for a uber cool look inspired by Kendall Jenner.

Blue Tribal Print Longline Kimono Now £17.00Was £22.99 click to visit New Look

Blue Tribal Print Longline Kimono
Now £17.00Was £22.99
click to visit New Look

White Lace Sleeveless Top £22.99 click to visit New Look

White Lace Sleeveless Top
£22.99 click to visit New Look

Light Blue Ripped Denim Mom Shorts Now £14.50Was £19.99 click to visit New Look

Light Blue Ripped Denim Mom Shorts
Now £14.50Was £19.99
click to visit New Look

Tan Cut Out Lace Up High Leg Sandals £34.99 click to visit New Look

Tan Cut Out Lace Up High Leg Sandals
£34.99
click to visit New Look

Tan Fringe Trim Mini Backpack £15.99 click to visit New Look

Tan Fringe Trim Mini Backpack
£15.99 click to visit New Look

You can view the complete New Look festival range here.

What would you wear to a Summer festival?



 

Festival styling by Boden

If I’m being truly honest, Boden would not necessarily be the first place I would look for festival friendly clothing. It doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding style Glastonbury wear. But this is the season that Boden has emerged as a new contender for festival fashion, with an eclectic collection just released that is dedicated to pieces that will look perfectly at home in a muddy field this summer. With pieces christened ‘Boho’ ‘Festival’ and ‘Glastonbury’, Boden has definitely got caught up in the summer music mood.

Classic Festival style

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Boden has taken the elements of classic festival style, and has given them the Boden twist. This means there are hot pants, but with a Boden print rather than plain denim. There are cute printed vests that will contrast nicely with jeans or a denim skirt. There are animal print short wellies, these will practically go with whatever you choose to wear. And there are the usual raft of florals, items that every year we say are unsuited to a muddy field, but then marvel at the sheer style and bravery of the celeb wearing them (think Kelly Osbourne or Nicola Roberts in a tea dress, or Katy Perry at Coachella virtually every year.)

What do you think of the Boden festival range – a yes or a no?

Festival Vest BA049 (Was £25.00 ) now £21.25 click to visit Boden

Festival Vest
BA049
(Was £25.00 ) now £21.25 click to visit Boden

Glastonbury Jacket BE023 (Was £110.00 ) now £93.50 click to visit Boden

Glastonbury Jacket
BE023
(Was £110.00 ) now £93.50 click to visit Boden

Boho Shorts BJ002 (Was £45.00 ) now £38.25 click to visit Boden

Boho Shorts
BJ002
(Was £45.00 ) now £38.25 click to visit Boden

Ankle-Boot Welly AZ185 (Was £39.00 ) now £33.15 click to visit Boden

Ankle-Boot Welly
AZ185
(Was £39.00 ) now £33.15 click to visit Boden

Boho Printed Dress BH057 (Was £69.00 ) now £58.65 click to visit Boden

Boho Printed Dress
BH057
(Was £69.00 ) now £58.65 click to visit Boden

Fun Summer Tee BA046 (Was £49.00 ) now £41.65 click to visit Boden

Fun Summer Tee
BA046
(Was £49.00 ) now £41.65 click to visit Boden

Festival Skirt BG013 (Was £59.00 ) now £50.15 click to visit Boden

Festival Skirt
BG013
(Was £59.00 ) now £50.15 click to visit Boden

Festival Scarf BD027 (Was £25.00 ) now £21.25 click to visit Boden

Festival Scarf
BD027
(Was £25.00 ) now £21.25 click to visit Boden

To view the complete collection, click here.

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