Bandos to Barbour – This years top festival fashion trends

With festival season well and truly upon us – we’ve been out style spotting and eyeing up this year’s fashion must-haves — from Pixie Lott’s floral playsuit at the Isle of Wight to Fearne Cotton’s Leopard hat at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Add to that floral headbands, Barbour jackets, and of course the ubiquitous wellies…

So, how do Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and the A-list crowd set trends in fields of mud? Size 0 figures with 6 figure salaries don’t hurt, but here’s our guide on what to buy to be in style, practical, and still have money for drinks… even if you’re not a super model with a super-size salary.

Let’s start with the fun bit and move on to the essentials…

From Black Jaguar hats to feather headdresses and floral bandos – great headwear will be everywhere this summer.

Festival junkie Fearne Cotton sported a House of Skadi Leopard print faux fur hat at Radio 1’s Big Weekend even tweeting about it multiple times! With ears and a scarf-like wrap around, it works as a statement piece, keeps you warm in Britain’s inclement weather, and practically counts as fancy dress.

As Heat World put it: “Think of it as an UGG boot for your head – and rest assured that this time next year everyone who’s anyone will be hatted up in fun furs.”

Fellow fashionistas can follow suit with the Leopard (£92), Snow Lynx (£92), or Black Jaguar (£82) styles from House of Skadi.

If you’re more into feather than fur, edgy brand Bitching and Junkfood offers a gorgeous Rose headdress (£110). It claims to be made of natural chinchilla feathers (which is odd as we thought chinchillas were furry mammals…), lace, iridescent pearls and an imitation rose cluster. Whatever it’s made of it’s an original beauty and would look equally alluring slung over your dresser at home as a little reminder of your 2011 summer fun.

For a less pricey look go for Pret a Portobello’s Elmstone Peacock Feather Crown (£30). A regular fixture at London’s Portobello Market, Elmstone creates beautiful works of art from feathers, lush velvets and vintage appliques and buttons. Make yourself a queen with this crown – which was even featured as one of Vogue’s top festival buys.

Or do you want to channel your inner hippy chick? There’s an array of pretty flowery headbands to help you conjure up that 60s vibe. Accessorize sells a Flower Crown Bando in green with little white and yellow flowers for £6. If that’s not your style, they have 43 other bandos to choose from – none of which will break the bank.

Dry shampoo is all the rage – but, any of the above hats or headbands will help tame locks that haven’t been washed for a few days!

Working our way down the body – scarves are another festival accessory staple. Alexia has scarves made of and with just about anything you could dream of – tie dyes, stripes, fringes, pom poms, jeweled beads, chiffon, silk, sequins, and even zippered pockets! They’re a bit expensive – ranging from £49 to £149, but take a look and you’ll be hooked! (Or head to your favorite high street shop for a more pocket-friendly look alike)

Now that we have the accessories sorted, what are this season’s essentials?

A great bikini is a must-have – or 2, 3, or 4. Heck – you can wear them instead’ve underwear and change them every day. That way you can strip down if it’s sunny, change your clothes, and not care who sees you in a crowded shower area. Next has a huge selection to fit all body types.

As for the outer layers…

Pixie Lott kicked off the festival season wearing a flattering playsuit to perform at the Isle of Wight.

Asked what this year’s trend would be and she told V-Blog: “‘What I love about festival fashion is that anything goes. You can wear a playsuit with wellies or a maxi dress and cowboy boots. I think the trend is to wear lots of nice pieces and not worry if it matches or not.”

The Mama Do singer has designed a series of pretty, floral playsuits and flirty dresses for her Spring/Summer 2011 range for high-street stores Lipsy. Most cost around £55.

Love Label also has some adorable floral and animal print playsuits for as little as £21.

Top Shop is always a great place to go for a gorgeous maxi dress to team up with some funky wellies.

If you want to emulate the fashionistas, here’s what Kate Moss (who was celebrating her hen do) and Alexa Chung wore to the Isle of Wight:

Kate Moss wore dark denim skinnies with a black crochet shawl on Friday. Saturday night, she chose Paige Denim cut-off shorts and a fur gilet.

Elsewhere, Vogue spied Alexa Chung working a Barbour jacket, and Fearne Cotton looked cool in her mix of a girly dress and utilitarian waterproof jacket. 

Speaking of Barbour, their Flyweight Rose Sapper Jacket (in black with a pink rose lining, £199.95 ) has proved a hit this year. But, if you like a splash of colour, we’re loving their plum coloured Flyweight International Quilt Jacket (£149.95).

Hunter Wellies have always being a must for the country set, but over the years they have become popular with the trendy festival set. Kate Moss has made the dull welly boots sexy when she teams them up with itty bitty mini denim shorts or a micro mini dress. They’ll keep your feet dry and you can even wedge pocket money and a mobile phone inside them. And with designs like Sweetpea Butterflies (£59.99) they can be pretty and girlie too.

Dr. Martens are proving a great alternative this year too.

As you assemble your festival look don’t forget to help your man out too!

Topmanzine has top tips from the hottest bands.

Check out Look’s 10 Best: Festival Fashion for Men for the best jackets, sunglasses, funky wallets and more.

If 10 is not enough, Asos has a Top 200 Festival Essentials for Men. They offer up a laidback collection featuring a mix of jeans, t-shirts, parka jackets and boots. Also, pay attention to detail with off-beat accessories like woven trilby hats and waxed cotton backpacks.

So, get shopping, packing, and enjoy the festival fun!

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