Festival season is upon us; and I'm so excited!
Having had the opportunity to spend the summer living in Amsterdam, I can tell you, the Dutch know how to throw a festival. In Holland, there are festivals every weekend so you have an endless choice of parties to go to; I did my best to embrace Dutch culture meaning I've had some experience trying to master the festival outfit.
Have you bought tickets for a festival this summer? Did you spot an outfit from Glasto which you loved? If you're looking for a simple plan for what to wear to a festival this summer, scroll through my top tips.
Your Party Shoes
At the last festival I went to, I did almost 29,000 steps in one day - how did I manage it? A comfortable pair of dancing shoes is absolutely key to enjoying your time at a festival.
Thankfully, we've been blessed with sunny summer's in Holland meaning I was able to wear my fave festival shoes: a pair of leather Vans - totally indestructible! I'd say any pair of trainers will do you well at a festival, but leather or pleather will at least keep the rain/mud/beer out too!
If you're not certain about the weather, a pair of boots will keep your feet warm and dry whilst you're racking up the steps. Dr Martens are the go-to festival favorite but a pair of biker boots are equally as trendy for summer 2019.
A classic bottom to any outfit, a skirt is easy to style, comfortable and not an issue when you're squeezing into a portaloo. I'd always recommend denim as they're a bit more robust, have pockets and aren't easily made dirty on a dusty day.
- SALEMonkiTight fit Mini length Front and back pockets Zip fly with button closureIn a size 38 the waist width is 75 cm and the length is 39 cm.£8.00
Denim mini skirt32 34 36 38 42More details
- SALEMonkiMini length A-line fit Roomy front pockets Zip fly with button fasteningIn a size 38 the waist width is 74 cm and the length is 41 cm. Monki caresBetter Cotton InitiativeThanks for supporting responsibly grown cotton, together with Monki. Read more about our partnership here.£8.00
A-line mini skirt32 34 36 38 40More details
- MonkiIn a size 38 the waist width is 74 cm and the length is 37 cm.£18.00Monki
Denim skirt32 34 36More details
- MonkiHigh waist Midi length A-line cut Zip fly with button fastening Front and back pockets Monki cares: Made from organic cottonIn a size 38 the waist width is 74 cm and the length is 51 cm.£30.00Monki
Colour block denim skirt34 36 38 40 42More details
- SALEMonkiMid waist Mini length A-line cut Button front Functional pockets Monki cares: Made from organic cottonIn a size 38 the waist width is 74 cm and the length is 39 cm.£8.00
Mini A-line denim skirt32 34 36 38More details
- SALEMonkiMid length- Tight fit- Zip fly with button fasteningIn a size 38 the waist width is 75 cm and the length is 50 cm.£4.00
Denim skirt32 34 36 38 40 42More details
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Crop Tops <3
Mine are all loose fitting, figure flattering and decorative. Crop tops are definitely my favorite choice to wear with a denim skirt or wide-leg jeans at a festival.
- SALEMonkiTight fit Cropped length Rounded neckIn a size S the chest width is 78 cm and the length is 42 cm.£5.00
Cropped sporty teeXS S M LMore details
- MonkiOversized fit Cropped length Rounded neck Mid-lengthIn a size S the chest width is 100 cm and the length is 43 cm.£15.00Monki
Cropped top2XS XS S M L XLMore details
- SALEMonkiIn a size S the chest width is 104 cm and the length is 50 cm.£6.00
Cropped button-up blouseXLMore details
- MonkiTight fit- Cropped length- Button frontIn a size S the chest width is 87 cm and the length is 24 cm.£15.00Monki
Button up crop top2XS XS S M L XLMore details
- MonkiIn a size S the chest width is 104 cm and the length is 50 cm.£20.00Monki
Cropped button-up blouseL XLMore details
- MonkiIn a size S the chest width is 96 cm.£15.00Monki
Button-up crop top2XS XS S M LMore details
- MonkiIn a size S the chest width is 104 cm and the length is 50 cm.£20.00Monki
Cropped button-up blouseXS S M L XLMore details
The trusty back pack/bum bag.
One thing the Dutch have clued onto which the British have not yet, is having easily accessible lockers at every festival. This might possibly be due to everyone needing to bring layers to wear for the bike ride home (yes, we even bike home from a festival).
If you're someone like me who has tonnes of unnecessary things in your handbag which proves challenging when you're dancing away, it's time to invest in a backpack or bum bag.
Don't knock it until you've tried it; I was sceptical about bum bags are first too but it genuinely changed my life when I could so easily access everything I needed in a bum bag around my shoulder. (I'm not even being overdramatic).
- AsosBum bag by ASOS DESIGN, New bag, new outlook, Adjustable body strap, Secure clasp fastening, Zip closure, External pocket. Giving you the confidence to express your individuality, ASOS DESIGN interprets major trends, adding a unique ASOS spin from our London design team. All the denim, dresses, jackets and pieces you need including our fit ranges ASOS Curve, Tall, Petite and Maternity and our ASOS DESIGN Makeup collection to invent a style thats all yours, then switch it up again tomorrow, making every day, night and everything in-between as extraordinary as you are. Your life is eclectic and unexpected and, now, so is your wardrobe.£15.00ASOS
Scuba bum bag with rose goldOne SizeMore details
- AsosBum bag by PIECES, For those just-in-case necessities, Leopard print, Adjustable body strap, Secure clasp fastening, Zip closure, External pocket. With its Scandinavian roots and minimalist styling, PIECES is your go-to label for everyday essentials. From clothing and footwear to jewellery and accessories, the brand ties your look together with its directional collections. Think wear-with-everything denim, chunky knitwear and simple earrings designed to take you seamlessly from day to night.£20.00Pieces
Leopard print bum bagOne SizeMore details
- AsosBum bag by ASOS DESIGN, For those just-in-case necessities, Adjustable body strap, Secure clasp fastening, Zip closure, External pockets. This is ASOS DESIGN your go-to for all the latest trends, no matter who you are, where youre from and what youre up to. Exclusive to ASOS, our universal brand is here for you, and comes in all our fit ranges: ASOS Curve, Tall, Petite and Maternity. Created by us, styled by you.£22.00ASOS
Suede double zip bum bagOne SizeMore details
- SALEAsosBackpack by New Look, Bag it up, Grab handle, Adjustable straps, Take control, Drawstring and flap-top closure, Silver-tone ring detail. Transforming the coolest looks straight from the catwalk into wardrobe staples, New Look joins the ASOS round up of great British high street brands. Get it or regret it with its weekly drops of essential coats, statement partywear and sleek boots, from ankle to over-the-knee styles.£15.50
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- MonkiA fanny pack (or bum bag if you're British) from Vans, featuring an adjustable strap, zipper closure and a zip pocket. Don't forget the cute Vans skateboard logo patch. Zip and go! Measurements: 21 x 13 x 5 cm.£25.00Monki
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Is there anything worse than having your hair in your face all day? Or worse, finding out YOUR hair is in someone else's drink?
I have, unfortunately, fallen foul of this experience and quite quickly learnt a trick or two to make sure my hair is out of my face (and everyone else's).
Like a blast from the past, hair accessories are back in fashion this summer so can pop a clip or two into your bag to make sure you can see - in particular, pearl beaded accessories are a must-have but probably not suitable for my curly hair.
- Selfridges & CoCan’t get enough of Shrimps’s beaded Antonia tote? What better way to match it than with the equally cute Albia hairclip. Shaped into a circle, it’s covered in shimmering pearls and easily slips into slicked back hair or tousled tresses with its clip fastening.Shrimps hair clipSlide onPearl beads£50.00Shrimps
Albia pearl hairclipOne sizeMore details
- AsosHair clip pack by Orelia, Pack of three, We're all about those finishing touches, Gold-tone finish, Gem and faux-pearl embellishment, Clip fastening, Exclusive to ASOS. Eclectic label Orelia makes beautiful costume jewellery adorned with Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones and charms. A love of shopping and travel sees eclectic influences across Orelia's collection of friendship bracelets, necklaces and earrings, with some lines exclusives to ASOS.£15.00Orelia
Exclusive pearlescent resin embellished hair clawsOne SizeMore details
- Selfridges & CoNot a brand to pick a side, Hugo Boss can do sharp tailoring and relaxed jeans and T shirts equally well. This tie is made from pure silk and covered in a woven micro dot pattern. Keeping things on the more contemporary side, it’s cut to a skinny blade instead of the classic wide style. Bonus points if you match it with one of the label’s suits.Valet hair clipSpring back closureGold toned metal, faux pearl embellishments£26.00VALET
Melissa pearl hair clipOne sizeMore details
- SALEPrettylittlethingWhite Pearl Rectangle Hair SlideWe re obsessing over hair slides right now doll featuring a white pearl design over a rectangle hair slide Perfect for adding chic vibes to any look£3.00
Pearl Rectangle Hair SlideOne SizeMore details
- RevolveJennifer Behr Oberon Bobby Pin Set in Metallic Gold. Gold plated hair pins. Swarovski crystals and pearl accents. Etched detail. Set of 5. Made in USA. JEHR-WA51. 117IQ3. Fascinated by the rich and powerful history of headpieces, which are signifiers of royalty and ceremony, Jennifer Behr is inspired by the talismanic power of a good headpiece, bringing you the most luxurious pieces on the market today. Each season, Jennifer artfully incorporates a range of materials such as sparkling Swarovski crystals with intricate metalwork, creating unique heirloom-quality designs, carefully constructed by hand in New York City.£143.00Jennifer Behr
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My most recent re-discovery is the scrunchie. I like to wear my hair in a pony-tail, so a decorative scrunchie just makes the look a little more fun.
Also, invest in some earplugs - tinnitus ain't no joke, folks.
- Selfridges & CoAW19 proves that hair accessories are still reigning, but we’re forgetting the barrettes and tiaras for a minute...and taking things back to the 90s with this scrunchy from Ganni. And with its check print? All we can think about is Cher Horowitz’s plaid two piece combo, a bit more subtle though. For once, we’re ignoring her matchy matchy outfits and clashing it up with contrasting patterns. Ganni woven scrunchieElasticated, check print54% polyester, 39% cotton, 7% nylonHand wash cold£20.00Ganni
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- SALEFarfetchRed cotton leopard print scrunchie from ANDAMANE featuring an elasticated band.£24.00
Leopard print scrunchieOne SizeMore details
- Dorothy PerkinsPretty Mustard Yellow Hair Scrunchie With Black Polka Dots. 100% Fabric.£5.00Dorothy Perkins
Womens Mustard Polka Dot Print Hair Scrunchie-ONEMore details
- River IslandWoven fabric. Dogtooth print£6.00River Island
Womens dogtooth check scrunchieOneMore details
- SALEWeekdayThe Opal Scrunchie is a playful hair accessory that makes you feel like 90's are just back again!£2.00
Opal ScrunchieONESIZEMore details
- MonkiAdorn that up-do with this extra glam black and pearl scrunchie.£4.00Monki
Pearl scrunchieONESIZEMore details
Bye Kimonos, Hello Oversized Shirts
Readers, if you haven't already sensed my boyish style, perhaps this will make it more clear.
Kimonos were once a staple to any festival outfit (#guilty). On reflection, a long kimono does look cool but at risk of getting covered in the dusty/beer mix created throughout the day.
Instead, this year, I will be packing my oversized shirt (in my trusty backpack) for when the sun goes down. Or, you could even wrap it around your waist as one of the different looks you'll be sporting throughout the day.
- FarfetchPolo Ralph Lauren's shirts are timeless pieces with contemporary lines and perfect fit. A refined garment with elegant buttons, crafted from high-quality materials. This easy-to-wear piece looks as good at the office as it does on any occasion. Exquisitely constructed from soft, breathable cotton and elegantly detailed with a button-down collar, front button placket and long sleeves with button cuffs. The brand’s signature embroidered pony at the left chest will certainly add prestige and elegance to your daily look.£85.00Polo Ralph Lauren
Button down collarS M L XL 2XLMore details
- AsosTop by ASOS DESIGN, Part of a co-ord set, Skirt sold separately, Tie-dye print, Point collar, V front, Tie hem, Long sleeves, Regular fit, Just select your usual size. This is ASOS DESIGN your go-to for all the latest trends, no matter who you are, where youre from and what youre up to. Exclusive to ASOS, our universal brand is here for you, and comes in all our fit ranges: ASOS Curve, Tall, Petite and Maternity. Created by us, styled by you.£32.00ASOS
Long sleeve tie front deep plunge shirt in tie dye printUK 4 UK 6 UK 8 UK 10 UK 12 UK 14 UK 16 UK 18More details
- AsosShirt by ASOS DESIGN, It's already got your attention, Point collar, Button placket, Printed design, Fitted cuffs, Dipped hem, Oversized fit, Designed to look baggy. This is ASOS DESIGN your go-to for all the latest trends, no matter who you are, where youre from and what youre up to. Exclusive to ASOS, our universal brand is here for you, and comes in all our fit ranges: ASOS Curve, Tall, Petite and Maternity. Created by us, styled by you.£30.00ASOS
Oversized satin long sleeve shirt in scarf printUK 6 UK 8 UK 10 UK 12 UK 14More details
- SSENSELong sleeve cotton Oxford cloth shirt striped in blue and white. Button-down spread collar. Button closure at front. Signature graphic embroidered in brown, white, and blue at chest. Textile patch in white at hem. Single-button barrel cuffs. Box-pleat at back. Shirttail hem.Supplier color: Blue/White£110.00Polo Ralph Lauren
And Classic ShirtS L XL 2XLMore details
- MR PORTERNN07 's button-down shirt is a really versatile piece that can be dressed up at the office or left open and casual at the weekend. It's cut from soft cotton-corduroy dyed a deep burgundy hue that'll work well with grey and navy. Shown here with Folk T-shirt, A.P.C. jacket, Jean Shop jeans, Common Projects sneakers. - - Burgundy cotton-corduroy - Button-down collar, buttoned cuffs, chest patch pocket, back box pleat - Button fastenings - 100% cotton - Machine wash - Mother-of-pearl: Turkey£100.00NN.07
Levon Button-down Collar Cotton-corduroy ShirtS M L XL 2XLMore details
Trendy for 2019
Boilersuits have come back into fashion for 2019 but I can't think of anything more difficult to wear to a festival. My alternative? Find yourself a dungaree dress for the best of both worlds. You have the ease of wearing a dress to a festival (with or without tights, probably dependant on how far North you are) and you can keep up with the summer's trends.
- SALEAmazonshort overall dress cotton leo print£13.73
Women's Pcsky Pinafore Dress-jj8 (Manufacturer size: XS) 10 (Manufacturer size:S) 12 (Manufacturer size:M)More details
- SALEAsosDress by Brave Soul, Daytime dressing made easy, Dungaree style, Contrast stitching, Button front, Side pockets, Regular fit, Just select your usual size.£26.00
Joan dungaree dress with contrast stitchXS S M LMore details
- AsosDress by Monki, Some serious daytime inspiration right here, Square neck, Tie straps, Regular fit, No surprises, just a classic cut, Exclusive to ASOS. If youre all for personality and expression then Monki is the one for you. Known for its street-style-meets-Scandi-chic design and super-fun story-based store concepts, Monki grabs bold, brash colours and a whole lot of prints and patterns before playing them out across a collection of 90s crop tops, bodycon dresses and skinny jeans.£25.00Monki
Denim overall dress inS L UK 4More details
- H&MDungaree dress in washed cotton denim with a chest pocket and adjustable straps with metal fasteners. Seam at the waist with buttons at the sides, a fake fly, front and back pockets and a raw-edge hem. Unlined.£24.99H&M
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- RevolveBB Dakota Overall Winner Dress in Blue. Size 2,8. 100% cotton. Hand wash cold. Unlined. Front button closure. Side slant pockets. Imported. BBDA-WD941. BJ208348. BB Dakota is an eclectic shake up of the modern girl. We believe that fashion is about self-expression and taking risks, but more importantly, its about having fun. We design for the rule-breakers, the dreamers? BB Dakota supports the moment.£91.00BB
Overall Winner Dress in . Size 2,8.2 8More details
- WeekdayIrene Denim Dress Washed Black is a dungaree-style dress crafted from orgnic cotton denim. It features a button closure on the sides and adjustable criss-cross straps to be tied at the back-The model wears size small that measures 77 cm in waist circumference and 41 cm in skirt length.£40.00Weekday
Irene Denim Dress Washed34 36 38 40 42More details
- MonkiRelaxed fit Mini length Front pockets Adjustable shoulder strapsIn a size S the chest width is 94 cm. Monki caresBetter Cotton InitiativeThanks for supporting responsibly grown cotton, together with Monki. Read more about our partnership here.£25.00Monki
Dungaree dressXS S M L XLMore details
- SALEMonkiRegular fit Mini length Adjustable shoulder straps Functional pockets Monki cares: Made from organic cottonIn a size S the chest width is 94 cm.£15.00
Denim dungaree dressXS S M LMore details
- Revolvesuperdown Ida Overall Denim Dress. Size M,S. 65% cotton 35% poly. Hand wash cold. Unlined. Front patch pocket. Exposed side zipper closure. Imported. SPDW-WD806. SDD610 U19.£69.00superdown
Ida Overall Denim Dress. Size M,S.S M LMore details
The only challenge with living in Amsterdam is that you're limited to the number of camping festivals you can go to... but with a choice of festivals every weekend, can I really complain?! If you're heading to a festival this summer, we hope the weather's on your side!