Your 2019 Festival Season Style Guide
As we arrive in festival season, start donning our wellies and prepare to smell VERY bad for four days straight, the eternal question arises - “What do I wear?!” When it comes to festival dressing, the skill is in finding the right balance between stylish and practical - no one will care how fancy or extravagant your look is when you’re in a mosh pit. We’ve put together all the best celebrity festival style and some essential items for you all in one handy list, we’re nice like that! So worry no more about what to pack and just focus on how you’re going to get through the weekend on four hours of sleep.
Celebrity Festival Style Inspiration
Loose, light layers are the key to festival dressing. Whilst weather reports can never be trusted, a trusty vintage camouflage jacket can be. Layer over a sporty hoodie, cut-off denim shorts and some black fishnets for the ultimate grungy look. This look works perfectly with a pair of vintage Doc Martens, or a sturdy pair of wellies
Queen of festival dressing, Alexa Chung, knows how to pull of the ultimate chic festival look. Grab your favourite vintage tea dress and a cropped denim jacket and you’re good to go. Finish the look with a pint in one hand and falafels in the other.
Alia Shawkat shows you how to put together the best, laid-back festival look that works on and off the field and will see you through summer. Vintage patterned trousers, a lacy bardot top and a wide-brim boater - practical and stylish. A vintage hat such as a boater will keep the sun off your face and keep you cool whilst watching bands and soaking up the sun.
Wild Western Styling
This western-inspired look speaks to us on a spiritual level. A bubble-gum, pastel coloured skirt and vintage leather jacket is a perfect combination which perfectly balances practicality and style. A long, flowing dress or skirt will keep you cool (and is ideal for when those portaloo lines are just TOO long) whilst the jacket means you can keep partying into the evening without getting chilly. This look works with wellies, doc martens, or if you’re brave enough, Converse.
An outfit you could easily wear for the whole festival and still remain as effortlessly stylish in - a trusty pair of vintage dungarees. Mix and match printed denim with a clashing vintage tee underneath, or stay cool by opting for a cotton crop top. You can embrace the western style and add a pair of cowboy boots or just opt for your most hard-wearing pair of wellies!
Follow after Florence Welch’s lead and find the flounciest, lacy gown you can and pair them with a simple pair of vintage boots for a simple but effective look. We suggest a vintage white number but brave yourself for the mud! A maxi dress is one of our ultimate summer must-haves as there’s very few occasions where it wouldn’t work.
A playsuit is one of our favourite summer go-tos especially for those days when you just can’t be bothered; which is why a patterned vintage playsuit is the ultimate day-three-of-a-festival piece. Add a denim jacket or tie a sweater around your waist for the inevitable grey moments and finish with some giant sunglasses and a splatter of eco glitter to cover up those dark circles and a multitude of sins.
If you were on Tumblr between 2007 and 2010 (if you weren't then you missed out) Alice Glass is almost certainly one of your first style icons and tbh she has good festival style. No fuss, just a classic vintage band tee and a denim skirt, goes well with a denim vest and last-nights smudged eyeliner. Low-key, laid-back, très punk.
At Beyond Retro we absolutely L O V E a bit of animal print, so of course we think this Pixie Geldof Glastonbury look is to-die-for. A loose-fitting printed dress will give you plenty of room to move and groove your way through the festival, whilst a vintage scarf is the perfect accessory for covering up a greasy mop. Edgy sunglasses are essential, as is a vintage black denim jacket.
2019 Festival Must-Haves
A Camouflage Jacket
Super versatile and perfect for every kind of festival, you can't go wrong in camo.
A Bucket Hat
Stay dry and stay cool with a practical and super cute bucket hat.
It doesn't hurt to pack a little something extra in your bag for when the mood takes you and you want to fully embrace the festival spirit.
Cover up the signs of no sleep with a chic, statement pair of sunnies.
Every one loves to add a little sparkle to their festival look but make sure you're doing it in a sustainable way! This Eco Glitter biodegrades so won't pollute the water when you wash it off.
A Versatile Sweatshirt
Perfect for chilly evenings and for making sure you don't get caught out in the changeable weather, a vintage sweatshirt will take you through the day and through the whole summer - layer over dresses, with floral skirts, denim shorts or dungarees. There's a million ways to wear it.
The perfect summer wardrobe piece to throw on in the morning and take you dancing through the day and well into the small hours. Whether you where yours over a crop top, a sequin bandeau or a printed tee shirt it'll work for you. Make sure to check out our long and short versions as well as our selection of reworked vintage dungarees.
If you’re in the festival spirit then check out our blog on our top 10 best British festival moments and why we don’t care about Coachella. Alternatively head over to our curated festival edits for all your summer wardrobe essentials.