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Festival Fashion 2010 for the girls

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As festival season is now officially upon us, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at all the exciting festival fashions. Us girls will of course be aware that sunshine and dry weather can’t be guaranteed, yet we will still dress like we are in an episode of Eldorado, after all; the huge sombreros come in handy to dive under, once the inevitable pelting of rain begins. 

I have looked at my festival staples; wellies, maxi dresses, across-the-body bags, playsuits and jewellery and picked a selection (of just my favourites) categorised by price. But remember…it’s not easy dressing at a 45-degree angle whilst your friend tries to stop the tent flap from exposing you, causing you to then trip over her and muddy the cut-off denims you’ve spent all weekend rubbing with a cheese grater to get that perfect ‘Kate Moss look’; eventually ending up looking more like Aunt Sally, as your freshly bronzed face also hit the ground sheet as you went down. 

First up, wellies. I couldn’t have coped without mine at V last year; it didn’t rain luckily, but they’re just so comfy and it can be a bit of a trek to and from the car parks. They also go with everything if you choose wisely and it can get quite chilly at night-time stood in a field, or running away from burly men with Red Stripe in one hand and illegal highs in the other. 

Budget 

Croc Effect Wellingtons, £12, Wynsors

 Croc Effect Fuchsia Wellington Boots, £12, Wynsors (www.wynsors.com

These have a small heel and firm grips on the soles. They can also be adjusted slightly with the buckle at the sides. I love the croc effect on these and the colour is lovely and summery. I got my last pair from Wynsors and they are really well made and great value for money. 

Mid-range 

Dogtooth Wedge Welly, £37, New Look

 Dogtooth Wedge Welly, £37, New Look (www.newlook.com

Also available in Candy Girl Pink and Croc Black. These are knee-high which I think is best due to the inevitable mud and slosh. They also have grips on the soles and a mid-height wedge heel, so functional and fashionable! 

Luxury 

Limited Edition Hunter Festival Tall, £139, Hunter

 Limited Edition Festival Tall, £139, www.hunter-boot.com 

Hunter is undoubtedly the celeb welly of choice; so much so, last year they collaborated with Jimmy Choo to produce a £255 crocodile print pair, favoured by models and musos alike. The Limited Edition Festival Tall pair come with all the creature comforts like multi-layered cushioned insoles and a quick dry knitted lining with ‘Festival 2010’ print. They also come in Blue. 

Maxi Dresses 

Budget 

Jess Floral Print Maxi Dress, £22, Boohoo.com

 Jess Floral Print Maxi Dress, £22, www.boohoo.com 

I love this pretty floral print, as I am a big fan of the colours black and red. I think they complement all complexions and hair colours. The dress is 117cm in length and is available in sizes 8 to 14. I love Boohoo website, it certainly rivals ASOS for choice and on price, with most items ranging between £10 and £30. I’ve bought a few pieces from here and never been disappointed. 

Mid Range 

ASOS Denim Maxi Dress, £50, ASOS

 ASOS Denim Maxi Dress, £50, www.asos.com 

This gorgeous dress is a halter neck style with an empire line  and low scoop back. Also available in Petite. 

Luxury 

Antik Batik goya printed maxi dress, £143, Net A Porter

 Antik Batik goya printed maxi dress, £143, www.net-a-porter.com 

I love this dress and the tribal print in general. I went to TK Maxx once and stumbled across an Antik Batik kaftan. I had never heard of the brand and so thought £6.99 was just your average deal at TK Maxx, oh no my fashion friends; this item was probably worth around eight times that brand new and I still wear it beachside to this day! 

Across-The-Body Bags 

Budget 

Festival Across-The-Body Bag, £18, Next

 Festival Across-The-Body Bag, £18, www.next.co.uk 

Hmm, it’s my birthday on 16th July…just putting it out there. 

Mid Range 

Stone Daisy Acrossbody Bag - Tan, £39, Beales

 Stone Daisy Acrossbody Bag – Tan, £39, www.beales.co.uk 

This bag is inspired by the English Countryside and features fine stitching on the daisy flower at the front. Delivery is within three working days and if you spend over £40 on the website, delivery is free (otherwise £5). They do have 12 department stores nationwide, mostly located in the South, with just Bolton, Kendal and Southport for us northerners. 

Luxury 

Patrick Cox 'Montpelier' cross body bag, £125, Debenhams

 Patrick Cox ‘Montpelier’ cross body bag, £125, www.debenhams.com 

This item is 100% leather and I love the detail and print on the outside. This would do you for many a night out as well. 

Playsuits 

Budget 

F&F Printed Playsuit, £20, Tesco

 F&F Printed Playsuit, £20, www.tesco.com (online exclusive) 

I think you can get some great pieces at F&F these days. They model the range on the latest designer pieces, so you can feel like a celeb for less than half the price. Everyone loves a bargain. 

Mid Range 

French Connection Terry Playsuit, £45, ASOS

 French Connection Terry Playsuit, £45, www.asos.com 

This is cute and I love the colour, Melon Pink. This has a bandeau design with halterneck strap and pockets at each side. I imagine this would be a cosy number for those long festival days and nights. I can handle terry towelling, as long as the word Juicy isn’t emblazoned across it. 

Luxury 

Whistles Mini Leo Playsuit, £110, Selfridges

 I love this peach toned silk playsuit, it’s perfect for summer. It has a drawstring waist and gold buttons and would look great with a pair of gladiator sandals. Best get saving… 

Jewellery 

Budget 

Metallic Collar Necklace, £6, Peacocks

 Metallic Collar Necklace, £6, www.peacocks.co.uk 

I thought this was a nice statement piece, now reduced to £6 from £12. Grab it while you can. 

Mid Range 

Retro Vinyl Record Pendant, £16, Zara Taylor

 Retro Vinyl Record Pendant, £16, www.zarataylor.co.uk 

I adore these pieces and have mentioned Zara Taylor before on here. I cannot rave about her enough! This long pendant necklace is perfect for the music lover, is solid brass and measures 35x40mm and is hung on a 27 inch solid brass chain. All Zara’s items come with free delivery and are gift boxed. Again I must say, July 16th people…someone’s having a birthday. 

Luxury 

Made Brass Multi-Chain and Aqua Glass Necklace, £75, John Lewis

Made Brass Multi-Chain and Aqua Glass Necklace, £75, www.johnlewis.com 

From the brand Made By the People For the People. This simple multi-chain brass necklace has swirly glass beads dotted about on 7 link chains. Each piece of jewellery is unique, therefore irregularities will add to its character. All Made By the People For The People products are designed  and then sourced and created within disadvantaged communities across East Africa.
Well, that’s your lot for today. I hope that you found a couple of pieces that you like or some food for thought.
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