How Not To Be a Festival Cliché

festival fashionIt’s easy to fall into a style rut when it comes to festival outfits. We’ve all seen countless images of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung at Glastonbury in their formulaic festival style consisting of tough biker jacket + floral shirt + ripped denim shorts + wellies. As well as the more boho inspired Coachella crowd mimicking Kate Bosworth and Vanessa Hudgens in their hippie maxi dresses + cross body bags + floral headdresses. And it’s safe to say ‘we’re over it’!

Let’s face it, it sucks going to festivals where you’re going to spot a hundred other girls in the same TopShop shorts as you, so, to avoid being another festival cliché, I’ve have picked out 5 essentials to give you the style edge this summer.

1. A Chic Midi Skirt

Midi skirts are perfect for festivals as they’re so easy to wear. So much more practical than a mini skirt, they’re long enough to lounge on the grass with but are also lightweight and summery which is perfect if you luck out with the weather! Team this ASOS one with a cook pair of kicks and a cute cami for a look that’ll have you the envy of all your friends.

2. Culottes

Don’t knock ‘em until you’ve tried them! Look, we know culottes can be a little intimidating but trust us… they give you the instant cool factor, are great leg-elongators and they’ll ensure you’re anything but a festival fashion cliche. This black pair are really flattering and a steal at £25!

3. Off-the-shoulder Tops

Off the shoulder has got to be one of the biggest breakout trends of this season. But while most people will be wearing this trend in a boho style with embroidered, shoulder baring dresses go nautical with this chic striped top from ASOS. This top is simple, refined and works equally well teamed with either jeans or a skirt .

4. Suede (and fringing!)

Forget denim shorts, it’s all about suede now dontchaknow?! We’re obsessing over these crazy-in-a-good-way shorts from Missguided that contain two of our favourite trends: suede and fringing. Team them with a white tee and you’re good to go!

5. Snakeskin

Break the classic festival trend of florals and let your wild side shine with some snakeskin sandals. It’s the print of the season and works so well on these Ash slides that are just the right amount of ugly-cool.

So there you have it! 5 picks that’ll help you stand out from the crowd this festival season. See you at the main stage!

Sian O’Flaherty

Hailing from London, Sian is a spokesperson on fashion trends, and creates digital content for a variety of fashion and lifestyle sites including fashion discovery platform, STYLIGHT. A member of an all-girl DJ trio, Sian also loves going to gigs, travelling the world (next stop Iceland!) and is partial to Voodoo Ray’s pizza.

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