So, let's take a moment to think about Festival Fashion… in fact it seems to me, year on year Festival Fashion has become increasingly more of a buzz word and increasingly more important to be inventive and original in what you are wearing… or is that just me?
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Perhaps you feel it’s a bit of a faux pas to be at the same gig as someone in the same ‘festival attire!’ That’s one of the many reasons why sourcing independent boutiques and new brands is something I’m passionate about; I love wearing and supporting all brands, but there’s something lovely about finding new businesses and giving those smaller boutiques and websites a shout out!
And how about getting to go to a festival… Le'ts face it, these days mums and dads; festivals are quite a juggling act to get ready for. With all the spinning around packing for a festival with your little ones in tow, we can often forget to think to plan our fabulous ‘festival outfit’ – but never fear… if you love to soak up the ‘festival vibes’ as well as ‘look the part’ I’ve done some of the leg work for you.
Whether you’re heading to some of the late summer family ‘gigs’ or need inspiration for next year – I’ve picked out something for all the family…
From unique brands, twinning looks, delightful tent décor to hassle free prep and pampering ideas so you can head to your festival feeling fabulous.
I’ve put together a collection of some of my favourite festival finds from this season which should give you some great ideas for dressing you and your family for festivals for the rest of this summer and beyond. So now these stunning brands are on your radar for now and future inspiration!
DESIGN YOUR OWN ADULTS & CHILDRENS TEE
Brilliant Festival Activity! The whole family can keep entertained personalizing their own festival t-shirts with this fab idea from lalaandbea! (men’s t-shirts available soon).
TWINNING IS WINNING!
Why not rock the twinning trend and be pretty in pink, with these gorgeous ‘mummy and daughter’ Peace baskets from Honey Rocks?
For pretty festival mother and daughter outfits, how about these fabulous Star Mela from Katie & Jo looks perfect teamed with denim shorts and straw baskets?
Add a sophisticated edge to any festival looks with these stunning hats from Cross Low.
DRESS UP YOUR TENT TOO!
Why not decorate your tent with garlands: these gorgeous Meri Meri cherries and gold knitted flags will not only make you the envy of the camping ground, but create added bonus of an additional family fun activity – win, win!
Maison Curate’s website is coming soon - but do visit their beautifully curated store on Battersea’s Northcote Road, London; it is utterly divine, a serene space filled with stunning pieces.
The quintessential festival look – these beautiful sandals; with handcrafted embellishment are from Iris Sandals (these are the Ibiza Tassel Gladiator).
ACCESSORIES MAKE AN OUTFIT
And these gorgeous long line beaded tassel necklaces add a pop of colour – working brilliantly with either a maxi dress, or a classic festival denim and boots look. France Chaulet’s been bringing happy, easy to wear clothing to her small market stall on the Northcote Road, SW11 London for about 10 years, definitely worth a visit or check out online.
SHEEPSKIN MOCCASIN SLIPPERS
A Festival packing essential! Snuggle down in your tent and get toasty in these gorgeous matching family moccasin slippers from The Small Home.
Stunning faux turbans by the talented Sahar http://www.saharmillinery.co.uk/product-category/faux-turbans-and-trinkets/ add real edge to a festival look.
Statement headbands are the perfect festival accessory, whatever your age - the bolder and brighter, the better! The Beller & Teller 'Boop Boop' (floral and pom pom head bands) are suitable for children and adults and come in lots of colour variations.
PREPPING FOR A FESTIVAL
For me, it’s all about the preparation. Before any event, I often get a good self tan done – it can be incredibly flattering if feeling self conscious wearing shorts for the first time in the summer and in need of a bit of bronze on the legs, it adds colour to the cheeks and saves bothering with makeup. Afterall, applying makeup in a festival tent, with no mirror isn’t the best look! You can also think about hair braiding, for any age, which keeps your hair in place for days and can last for days, and for fingers and toes; longer lasting gel nail varnishes are a great option.
Getting beauticians to come to your home is such a time saver, especially in the school hols. In fact, my children rather enjoy the novelty of watching me have a spray tan!
I’ve loved using Secret Spa in the past, and they’ve very kindly offered all you lovely UP ALL HOURS readers a promo code until the end of 2018 on the website (which covers Greater London).
Promo code: Created till the end of the year UPALLHOURS18
They offer everything from tans, gel nails and eyelash extensions all in the comfort of your own home. Secret Spa is the ‘go to’ beauty app for your pre festival prep. With appointments starting at 8am and running till 10pm this app is the lifesaver when you need to fit in getting ‘festival ready’ around childcare.
Founder Emily Ewart-Perks comments “Fitting beauty treatments around kids can be really difficult especially when on the school holidays. Our elite therapists will come to your home and with evening bookings you can get glam while the kids are sleeping! I would recommend having a spray tan the Wednesday or Thursday before a festival along with some bright neon gel nails. If you really want to wake up looking fresh with no make-up I would also recommend very natural eyelash extensions or a lash lift so if you lose your mascara there is no need to worry! But remember you should tan and have lashes at least 24 hours apart”
Finally, if you are off to a festival, embrace new looks and new styles. After all, surely a festival is a great opportunity to try new outfits or dress in a more adventurous way – enjoy, have fun!
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