Fashion for festivals - a triumph of hope over experience

From left: T-shirt �4, shorts �10, shoes �6; Centre: dress �15, sandals �12, hat �8, necklace �1.50, sunglasses �3, bracelet set from �2.50. Right: vest �6, shorts �10, boots �15, rings from �2, sunglasses �3. All at Primark. Below, also from Primark.
From left: T-shirt �4, shorts �10, shoes �6; Centre: dress �15, sandals �12, hat �8, necklace �1.50, sunglasses �3, bracelet set from �2.50. Right: vest �6, shorts �10, boots �15, rings from �2, sunglasses �3. All at Primark. Below, also from Primark.
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Whether it’s Glasto or the local village fete, Stephanie Smith has tips on how to do festival dressing for 2014.

It’s all kicking off for the festival season, when we will be able to admire (mostly) the up/down dressing techniques of the uber-cool, as spotted on the anti-catwalks that are Britain’s celebrated fields of music and mud.

Top �4, bikini top �6, necklace �8. All at Primark.

Top �4, bikini top �6, necklace �8. All at Primark.

Glastonbury takes place at the end of this month, with Dolly Parton promising her biggest gig ever and the booking of veteran rock band Metallica raising eyebrows.

What will Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Alexa Chung be wearing? Will they turn up in white with rhinestones out of respect for Dolly, or a dark denim grunge fest as a nod to Metallica?

It’s not just about Glasto, or T in the Park, or Leeds Festival or any of the big pop extravaganzas, because there are also countless classical, jazz, literary, dramatic and artistic festivals up and down the country, and then there are all the village fairs, town and city square bashes and open-air cinema events.

Festival dressing is a wonderfully British affair, a triumph of hope over experience, rather like the British barbeque. We know the most likely outcome is that we will end up covered in goosebumps, grease, beer and dirt, but still we persevere.

So what’s hot for 2014? Well, the 1990s are a major trend, which means crop tops and double denim (e.g. blue denim jacket and black/grey denim jeans – there’s Metallica again), if you can bear it. Actually “bare” in the case of crop tops, although a cropped to the waist top over a high waisted maxi skirt is wearable for any age, much more so than the denim-shorts-and-wellies look popularised many years ago now by Kate Moss.

Tie-dye is a major trend and handy for a pop of bright colour, but don’t go head-to-toe in it, while there’s a Wild West pioneer meets American Indian look that can be both wearable and impressive, teaming fringing, feathers and embroidered tunics and jackets with rough cottons and linens.

Headgear is increasingly popular for all types of events and festivals are no exception, so look out for feather and floral headpieces, or simple strings and plaits to wear as a headband.

This summer’s fringed kimono comes in here too, proving itself to be the season’s most versatile key item. The High Street has loads – buy a long and a short.

Twitter: @yorkshirefashQ

Fashion assistant: Chelsea Sadler.