Fabulous Festival Fashion

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As festival season gets underway, with Coachella and Download under our belts, Matalan take a look at the top trends to be found up and down those festival fields. No matter where you’re heading for a spot of musical hedonism, whether it’s close to home at Leeds fest or on sunnier shores at Croatia's Soundwave, check out this fab style advice and you’re sure to give festival veterans such as Kate Moss and Alexa Chung a run for their fabulously fashionable money. 

Maxi Dresses

For easy breezy summer style, you can’t go wrong if you go long with a floaty maxi dress. Both bohemian and romantic, these dresses evoke a laidback air most befitting of festival fashion and will look great teamed with either gladiator sandals or a pair of wellington boots. To keep warm, opt for a leather jacket to offset the feminine feel and, just in case the sun is shining, take a look at Matalan’s cheap bikinis and wear one underneath at the ready. The ground may be wet and muddy, but hoist up your skirt and ready to get a little messy.


Anoraks are this summer’s answer to those pesky showers that inevitably blight Britain’s festivals. The good news is that this geek-meets-sports chic solution is particularly on trend right now, having been spotted up and down the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalks. What’s more, with the Olympics just around the corner, they’re the perfect cover-up for this season’s stylish sporty vibe. For a bold look, wear yours in neon brights or, for something a little more subtle, opt for muted earth tones. 

Futuristic prints

Festivals are a great time to experiment with trends and inject your wardrobe with a little sparkle and, this season, it’s all about futuristic prints. If stripes, checks and polka dots no longer float your boat, these edgy, contemporary prints are the way forward, breathing new life into clothes with their sharp graphics and punchy pixels. Go head-to-toe in this techno trend or break it up with retro worn denim and chunky biker boots. 

Pastel shades

If bold out-there prints aren’t your thing, opt for the soft shades of summer and pick a pastel palette. Think chalky hues layered together, such as peppermint green and glacier blue, or candyfloss pink and mellow yellow worn on slimcut jeans or cut-off shorts. You might be rocking out in the mosh pit with the best of them, but these sorbet shades will keep you looking sweet and ladylike. 


With limited space for several outfit changes, a capsule wardrobe will have to do and the best way to spice up a recycled look is with accessories. This year it’s all about donning your bonce with a signature piece to really turn those reveller’s heads. Whether it’s a hippie-chic headband or indie-cool trilby, headgear is your best friend when battling with rainy days and questionable shower facilities.