Get Your Festival style sorted

Festival season will soon be upon us, and this year sees the biggie back, with Glastonbury once again promising to be memorable. Festivals are a great mixture of great style, great music, and, notoriously bad weather, but they are a part of Summer to enjoy and savour, whether you go for a single day or enjoy the whole camping/glamping experience.

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 being the reigning Queen of festival fashion, but with the likes of Lily Allen, Alexa Chung and Millie Mackintosh also showing us how it’s done.

Festival style

Glastonbury Festival

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

British festival style is a cool mixture of Hunter Wellies, cut off denim hotpants worn with either shabby chic knitwear, tie and die, or vintage cotton. The aim of the look is to be eclectic, this mish mash of styles works to create a look that is both unique and practical, whatever the weather decides to throw at you.

 

Camping or Glamping?

Festivals often mean camping, with most festival goers setting up their own tents for the duration. But, if like me, camping is not your thing, and you prefer home comforts and luxury whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, then maybe glamping is a better option for you.

The Yurtel Steanbow experience is the most luxurious way to experience Glastonbury this year, the one that I am sure Kate Moss would well appreciate. From deluxe bell tents, to Yurts full of home comforts, to the absolute creme de la creme, the luxury suites that come complete with cosy rugs, a shower room and front decking from which to enjoy the views of Glastonbury Tor, the experience allows you to enjoy all the fun of the festival, but to then chill out with Spa treatments, and to enjoy a la carte dining with not a dodgy burger in sight.

This is definitely the way to enjoy Glastonbury if you are just there for the music, and want to avoid the burger vans, portaloos and too much mud.

Are you going to a festival this year? Will you be camping or glamping?


 

Getting Set For Summer With Gudrun Sjoden

I’m having a fan girl moment for Gudrun Sjoden once again. I honestly believe that when the weather turns brighter, there is genuinely nothing better than turning to their eco-cotton creations that look stylish and keep you cool. Gudrun’s Summer creations are made for packing in your suitcase, they weigh next to nothing, feel cool and lightweight when you are wearing them, and yet still look good enough to take you from the beach to sightseeing around the city.

The dress I am wearing here totally illustrates this point. This is the Monsun eco-cotton dress which has a loose flowing style and, hurrah! is a dress with pockets. This dress is a dream to wear as it is in a very thin cotton, but it is not see-thru, as some cotton dresses tend to be. The fabric has a slight pleat to it, and a wonderful floral pattern that reminds me of aboriginal art.

This dress is super comfortable to wear, another reason why it is such a great holiday choice. The sleeves are not tight, the dress does not cling, and it has pockets – always a favourite feature for a day dress. The style is best worn loose and flowy, with the hippy-sh, Marrakesh style vibes that Gudrun is famous for, but could be adapted into a slightly more formal look with heels and a smart blazer. When the weather turns cooler, you could add a denim jacket, or even wear this layered over leggings in order to make it earn a place in your wardrobe. The dress really is versatile.

If you visit the Gudrun Sjoden website right now you will be in time for the early bird prices for the brand new Summer ranges, this time inspired by the wonder and design of Japan.

 

 

 

Hush Summer Fashion Event at John Lewis

Hush is a brand that was once known for its homewares, then its lush leisurewear, and is now known for its beautiful, wearable fashion pieces. The brand is affordable luxury, the sort of pieces that can take you from all occasions, from work situations to weekend fun, from relaxing days to nights drinking cocktails.

I so love this basket bag!

Last week stylist and TV presented Beth Goodrham hosted an evening of summer fashion focusing on Hush in their concession in John Lewis in Birmingham’s Grand Central. The evening was an opportunity to have a look at their latest range whilst enjoying a chat and a glass of bubbly. It was a chance to get to know the brand a little better and whilst perusing the latest pieces.

Some of my faves

The highlight of the evening was a styling session with Beth. She had gone through the complete collection in order to curate a holiday wardrobe which was perfect for a long weekend away, taking in all the eventualities, from layering at the airport, to sightseeing around a city (Beth suggested a girly weekend in Barcelona, which sounded pretty perfect to me). There were also outfits for the evening, and accessories and bags were also taken into account.

The selection showed the range of really well, and showed just how diverse it is. There were shorts for those who live in them in Summer, but also a great range of sundresses, jumpsuits and maxi skirts for those who don’t (i.e. me, I think I own three pairs in total). There were statement pieces like the Dorothy style gingham dress that I am totally in love with and will now be stalking, but there were also great basics, like the khaki jacket which you could literally wear with anything, and those wonderful star print t-shirts that I think everyone had fallen in love with. Shoes were also matched to each outfit from the wider range at John Lewis, giving clear idea of a complete outfit.

I came away with a new appreciation of Hush, and a new destination to add to my shopping map.

You can check out the complete Hush range at John Lewis by clicking here.

*With thanks to Beth Goodrham and John Lewis for the invite.