What To Wear To a Festival

SBLfestivalespadrille2Festival style (and features) have not only been done to death but taken to eye-hurting extremes. But the reality is festivals aren’t going anywhere, there seem to be more than ever these days! So the dilemma still endures. What to wear to a festival?

Back in the, ahem, old days, my approach to festival dressing was generally pretty sane – vest top, skinnies and hi-top Converse usually with optional leather jacket and scarf. Mainly because for me festivals, while always a laugh (WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER FUN? FUN, ACTUAL FUN – Tom Tom Club ref for you there!) have always been a bit of an endurance test. I run out of steam quite easily and unless fuelled by alcohol tend to need to rest, snack and wee on an hourly basis. 

Of course, I’ve had my mad moments; full on fancy dress in horns and strapless ballgown, ridiculously short cutoffs and Mini Mouse ears with a lumberjack shirt…  but these days, festival wear for me is about looking a bit more adult, comfy but still stylish. So here you have my efforts at styling a couple of more grown-up, if you like, festival looks with my favourite picks – the glitter boots and walnut espadrilles – from the Seven Boot Lane SS15 collection; see my guest post their blog too. 


A Glittery Haze

Ankle boots have always been an obvious go-to. They protect your feet, allow for crossing long distances on uneven terrain and add a little bit of height. And where else best to wear boots covered in crazy silver glitter? I thought this pair didn’t need much more than a long flowing dress and biker jacket for a quite cool rock n’ roll party look. But without feeling like I’m totally disconnecting from my regular style. 

Seven Boot Lane boots | H&M kaftan (similar here) | Miss Selfridge biker jacket | Karen Millen bag (similar)


Easy Breezy Espadrilles

The espadrille look is much less festival really. Let’s be honest, I’d wear this on pretty much any normal day, except the fringing and wide silhouette give it an easy, breezy feel that says I’m relaxed, up for anything, could be a party, could be a festival… The extra inch of wedge on the platform is brilliant for boosting height too. And I think this is probably the look I’m gonna rock at Somersault, a family-friendly festival in Devon we’re going to be going to in July. Yup, gonna to be camping and everything… Currently researching bell tents and cotton mattresses haha!

Seven Boot Lane espadrilles | Won Hundred culottes | Urban Outfitters cardigan | Eileen Fisher tank | Wolf & Moon necklace


Photography by Clare Walsh Image

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