Stylist fashion writer Billie Bhatia decodes festival style to get you ready for the best street party of the year…
“What to wear to a festival” ranks pretty high on searches when it comes to the British summer.
From Glastonbury to Wilderness, Bestival to Secret Garden Party and then culminating in a multi-coloured cacophony for London’s Notting Hill Carnival, we know how to do a good festival.
Yet we constantly seek a look that both reflects our own sartorial style as well as encompassing the unadulterated joy of dancing in the streets with your friends to the sound of steel drums.
Whether you opt for the festival go-to denim cut-offs or mix some of season’s biggest trends with your trusty Converse One Stars, here are four looks to make up your festival style offering.
The utilitarian look
Embrace the utilitarian trend that was rife on the spring/summer catwalks for a refreshing take on festival style.
Opt for darker colours like khaki and black as your base layers (layers are a festival must), and off-set your look with one brightly coloured or patterned piece like this silk print shirt.
When it comes to the finishing touches keep your accessories simple for high impact – hoops, on-trend small sunglasses and black Converse One Stars, which bring a laid-back approach to your footwear, creating the perfect, fuss-free silhouette to finish off your pared-back style.
The iconic staple
Denim shorts have long been a staple festival look (thank you, Kate Moss and Alexa Chung).
For a 2018 take on the trend, opt for a high-waisted pair that are slightly longer in the leg and roll up for your desired length.
Pull the look together with a pair of denim-like finish kicks – they’ll work as an extension of the shorts, creating length to your legs and avoiding over-complication of your look.
Add in a crop top and hat for ultimate Nineties girl status.
The elevated fringe feel
What would a carnival be without some brightly coloured fringing?
Elevate your fringing by choosing a piece with natural texture and volume – less Coachella, more Carnival.
Keep your other key pieces muted colour-wise by pairing the jacket with a light wash denim in a cropped style, preferably a cropped flare, and keep the top half simple like with this football inspired monochrome top.
To bring balance to your outfit, bring colour back in with your trainers. It’s a look that guarantees you won’t get lost in the crowd.
The trendy one
Call it the Kim Kardashian effect, but cycling shorts have been the surprise street style trend of the summer.
Like all tricky trends it is best to keep the colour palette neutral with this one. Opt for stone washes, blacks and khaki greens to avoid becoming an Eighties fashion parody.
Bring some glamour to the look with a red bum bag – only to be worn across the body – and a slick of red lipstick. And then call it a Carnival effect.
Whether you’re by the subwoofer or joining in from the rooftops, make sure you make Converse One Star your style staple for Notting Hill Carnival. Shop the range now.