Long time no see seems to be a repetitive greeting on the last few blog posts, and each time I repeat it its longer time; 5 months since I’ve last posted, 5 months and I’ve completed GCSE’s (4 A*’s, 1 A, 3 B’s and a C) , had 2.5 months of Summer holidays that are not evident on this blog, turned 16 and just started Sixth form and my AS levels. Crazy crazy times. Hopefully this kick starts a more prolonged period of blogging but I doubt it; if I ever whined about GCSE’s, I obviously didn’t understand the weight of AS levels. Silly, naive, 14-15 year old me. Anyway, here is a guest post from Jane Pipkin, a ridiculously lovely and disgustingly well dressed sixth former from my school who is a Media Studies superstar and a bit of a guiding light to me, her being in the year above, seemingly very sorted and taking the almost exact same subjects. Read and enjoy…
Festival Fashion 2015 ,By Jane Pipkin
Another year, another successful music festival held at Reading and Leeds. Even though the weather did not always deliver, festival goers’ definitely delivered their style.
This year it was incredible to see the mix of styles festival goers were creating and throughout the weekend there seemed to be a common theme of what inspired the style trend this year. Vintage & Street Style Fashion. Arguably, before this type of style was seen more in the more mature festival goers however this year there seemed to be an increase in younger goers opting for the vintage look. However, it is important to note the bohemian style (which Reading witnessed a lot of last year) still seems to be popular with the young adults (17-25). Many females still opted for the simplistic and stereotypical modern festival outfit of denim shorts and crop tops however still managing to add their own festival vibe by adding accents to individualise their outfits and create a different theme.
A popular accent this year was the use of the black fedora hat. This accessory is so simple yet effective and has been spotted at the front of many high street stores such as Topshop. It is such a summer essential as it can be matched with any sort of outfit to create different styles. There is something about this style of hat that has a ‘festival feel’ to it. On the left, these ladies have made their hats the main focus of the outfit by matching with the simple and block coloured clothing items. One of the ladies has gone for a ‘boho style feel’ by the use of the brown leather tassel jacket, the tassels themselves help to make the outfit overall more individualise and create the bohemian feel. The girl on right has styled her fedora differently however has still gone for the retro feel. She has used the current trend of the denim buttoned up A-line skirt and paired it with a white crochet long sleeve top which has a tie up feature in the middle to enhance her festival look. Her black handbag which is not only a statement piece but is practical and also matches the fedora to overall give her this simplistic but clean cut look.
Another trend this festival was the use of paring knee high socks with practical footwear such as wellington boots. The use of the knee high socks helped to create a flirty and girly look overall and was another accent used to create a different look to outfit. The two girls here have also gone for the simplistic look with the girl on the left styling denim dungarees (which delivers a girly look and feel) and underneath an official Reading Festival 2015 top which helps to make her part of the Reading Festival movement showing her loyalty and enjoyment to the Festival Republic ‘brand’. Furthermore, her boots help to finish her ‘country and girly look’. Her friend on the right however has gone for the more boho/retro vibe (like the girls above) however she has done it differently. She has focused her outfit on two main colours black and grey. The pattern tight fit skirt blends in nicely with her black off the shoulders top and black knee high socks. Instead of wearing boots, she has instead chosen black brogues which helps to tie her outfit together. Since the English weather was predicted not to be as nice as last years’ festival, both girls have practical rain coats which they have cleverly layered and made a part of their outfits to develop the festival and country feel. These girls show that being practical can still be fashionable.
Couples were at it too, creating combinations which created an overall look between them. The way the couple on the left co-ordinated their outfits, really made me adore their overall look. As I said before, the trending inspiration this year seemed to head towards a vintage look. The photo of the couple on the left sums the vintage style definition perfectly. The lady has perfectly created a pin-up inspired look through the use of hair, make-up and her outfits. Her tattoos further help to develop the vintage pin up girl look. The use of the dark blue high waist jeans and white graphic print t-shirt flatter and enhance her curves beautifully. The use of the red belt and matching red bandana used in her head completes the vintage look. She has even been girly with the choice of footwear, her pink wellington are practical but help to achieve the feminine look. Her boyfriend has gone for the vintage rock vibe and added a few accessories such as the chain on his shorts and his cap to help co-ordinate with his girlfriend’s vintage look. His pair of burgundy Doc Martens develops the rock vintage vibe he is trying to create.
The younger teen couple here have gone for a more indie inspired look which was also popular among the younger generation. This couple’ outfits work well together to create an indie inspired collection. Brooke (the girlfriend) has gone for the modern, trendy and stereotypical festival look of the denim shorts and a plain black top however has made it her own by tying a oversized and mismatched style checked shirt around her. Alongside this she styles a pair of purple Doc Martens which are stereotypically wore by the indie and niche market so helps to create the overall indie look. Her indie inspired style is further created by her boyfriend who is styling a denim jacket he actually purchased from Harper & Lewis pop up store at the festival. His black skinny jeans and vans help to create a chill and collective look overall. Both look very causal however still co-ordinated very well.
Many young females were dressing appropriately for the unpredictable British weather however still achieved a festival style. The use of the long dress and skirt worked really well for the festival location this year as it helped to illustrate a vintage but also simplistic style. The lady on the left was very inspired by vintage style. This off the shoulder flower patterned dress was very different from anything I had seen at the festival all weekend however it worked very well. She perfectly achieved a comfortable and girly look through the use of the dress, her frilly socks paired with black canvas shoes also helped to portray the vintage image.
Whereas the young lady on the right has used the long black skirt and styled it in a different way but still achieving a vintages style. The use of the black rolled up black shirt overall is the key piece helping the achievement of the vintage style. The subtle splashes of colour on her top makes this outfit appropriate for the summer festival season. This is such a clever outfit as it suits both the summer season however is perfect for the colder weather.
Completing the Look
At festival this year, a common trend seemed to be the use of make up to symbolise freedom, fun and the bohemian style. There there was a new make-up trend this year the use of glitter mixed with the ever so popular vibrant festival paint to create an almost effortless however magical bohemian look. I felt this make-up trend was gorgeous as it enhanced festival goers’ entire look without overpowering it and looking too much like something off a Christmas tree. Being subtle is very important with this kind of look and festival goer Sophie Harvey achieves the ‘fun’ and ‘magical’ look perfectly.
In conclusion, Reading Festival 2015 didn’t just introduce upcoming bands and their music but it also introduced new trends and new styles to the festival platform. Even last years’ trends still seemed to be popular this year; however people were more willing to learn to individualise their outfits and express clearly their music taste and personality. Even though the British weather did not always deliver, goers still put their heart and soul to create memorable styles and helped to influence others to express themselves more through their fashion. Though the stereotypical flower-crown and shorts combination is still in, there has been a decrease in goers styling this look but instead going for a more original look or even just developing the trending look. Bohemian and the Vintage style are slowly taking over the Reading Festival event but will it continue to be this way next year?
….What a lad. Thank you Jane, for garnishing my dilapidated little blog with your coolness!