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Girly in Gingham
It's patterned, pretty and a perfect addition to your festival wardrobe. It’s summery and seductive, energetic yet elegant. The juxtaposition of each element is enticing and shockingly affordable this season. You could wear this look classically in the original colouring of black and white or you could embrace a twist of colour. Popular shades in gingham at the moment are pastel blue, baby pink or ruby red. For those less tickled by the trend, incorporating it subtly with a hairband, choker or frilled school-like socks would be minimal yet noticeable.
A trend that has never and probably will never leave the festival circuit. Olden but golden, you’d be silly not to invest in a killer piece of the fabric this year. After all, it is one of the easiest outfit staples to recycle. Thanks to denims neutral tone it's easy to mix and match with other more extravagant pieces that we're brave enough to rock during the festival season. With so much on offer this Spring-Summer from coloured denim, dungaree style denim or cut out denim – you have the choice to wear it in whichever way fits you and suits your personality best, so get browsing!
The Ruffle revolution
A revolution I am only too happy to get behind. Seriously, this trend is a girl’s best friend and I know I will not be alone when welcoming it back with open arms. Volume is being turned up on and off the stage this summer and let me tell you why this should excite you. Volume in the form of ruffles, frills or peplum structures if worn correctly can completely reconstruct a silhouette. It can slim us down, curve us up or add dimension to out of proportional figures. No Bridget Jones pants, no waist trainers and thankfully no fad diets. With just a credit card and a penchant for online shopping you can totally transform yourself. And tonight Matthew, I’m going to be.. Absolutely gorgeous.
This trend has been around since Spring however the Summer brings an unexpected twist on the cut out phenomenon. Cut-out outerwear, YES you read that correctly. No doubt some would debate taking chunks out of a jacket used to shield you from rain, wind and the cold would defeat the purpose of wearing such a garment but each to their own. Are you prepared to sacrifice a little chill for a super cool outfit? Or do you think the whole concept is a little off? I’ll let you make your own mind up about this one!
Embellishments have made their way from the make-up world to the fashion franchise and I’m not mad about it. This trend speaks to the extroverts out there, like pizza speaks to my soul - A lot. Sequins for festival season is hardly groundbreaking but it still excites me immensely. There’s just something about delving into the arty, childlike side of your personalities as an adult that I can’t help but love and encourage. I mean when else is rocking glitter, sparkles and sequins post childhood acceptable? Make the most of the opportunity.
Hope this has helped some of you who are packing or prepping what to wear in advance this festival season. Unfortunately I haven't booked any gigs myself this Summer but October will be spent trooping back and forth to concerts, including Gabrielle Aplin, J Cole and Picture This. What artists are you looking forward to seeing this year? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @sm_scribbles.
As always, thanks for reading