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Calling Woodstock…

BY LIZZIE, WOMENSWEAR EDITOR ON 22 MAY 2012 18:37 WOMEN'S FASHIONCOMMENTS

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Festival season is now upon us and, somewhat miraculously, the rain has stopped. At Debenhams we’re taking this as a sign summer is finally here and with it, our favourite time of the year – festival season.

With the sun (finally) shining in the sky, we’re willing to tempt fate and bet that this year, Glastonbury and co won’t be a washout. Not having to worry about the practical side of festival planning leaves us open to dreamily plan a wardrobe reminiscent of bygone Woodstock days, fashion that evokes the rainbow coloured, freedom inspired style of the sixties…

(Above image left to right: Floral jumpsuit, Shift-style lace mini and patterned maxi all at Phase Eight)

Festival chic has always boasted a vintage, hippie-inspired edge but, this year, we want to vamp that up to the max, quite literally, with a stunning maxi dress in bold patterns and colours – we love the Phase Eight number, pictured above.

Phase Eight are in fact a gorgeous option for festivals this summer, with many a Woodstock-esque wonder packed into the vivid collection. If the mini designs of the sixties were more your thing, then this lacey dress should be right up your street. A vivid bright yellow, this is one dress that will continue to shine even if we’re wrong about those sun-soaked days ahead. Slightly more recent, in terms of style inspiration, is this flared jumpsuit. Floral detail ensures it will stand out from the crowd, no matter the line-up.

(Above image left to right: Melissa Odabash hat, Sunglasses and Beaded top from Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, Satchel from H! by Henry Holland)

When it comes to festival accessories, come rain or shine there are always a few essentials to take note of. One, is a satchel-style bag of some kind – we love this H! by Henry Holland version with the brown, leather-look giving it an old-school feel. The satchel strap makes it perfectly practical to keep your belongings secure, while you get lost in the music. The colour is also ideal for, take it from us, festival season is the only season where fashion and mud mix.

If we’re expecting sun, then of course a sun hat and sunglasses are must-haves for your festival jaunt. We think the Melissa Odabash option is a wonderfully versatile option, while the Butterfly by Matthew Williamson over-sized sunnies, with rainbow hues, are perfectly in keeping with our colourfully vintage theme. As for the beaded Butterfly by Matthew Williamson top, pictured, we just simply fell in love with the beading. Not really a place for your ballgown, embellishments are a top tip when it comes to working that festival glamour.

(Above image left to right: Green wellies from Rascal, Heart dotted shorts from H! by Henry Holland, Red Herring orange scarf, Call It Spring gladiator sandals)

Just in case, we think it’s probably wise to point you in the direction of some wellies. The good thing about wellington boots is that teamed with a funky mini dress, playsuit or shorts, they can actually look rather cool. Last year we loved ours so much, we even started wearing them before the rain started. We recommend this green stylish pair from Rascal – the perfect accompaniment to the H! by Henry Holland heart dotted shorts.

The beauty of festival attire is that, aside from the must-have statement pieces, most of the favoured looks tend to be style staples. Shorts, vest tops, quirky tees etc, are artfully pulled together with a pair of gladiator sandals here, a colourful scarf there and some funky jewellery added to bring it all together. The result is effortless chic and laid-back cool.

Most importantly, don’t forget to be inspired by fashion from a different era. When it comes to festivals, style from the past is always the way forward.

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