Festival Dressing - Boutique Style

30 April 2010

So, Glastonbury sold out in under five minutes or whatever it was  . . . but, up and down the country are numerous boutique gatherings going on. British boutique festivals have multiplied over recent years and not only are they muchos fun, but fast becoming more and more fashiony! Whether or not the sun comes out, you can be sure that certain ladies will take this opportunity to dress up to the nines AND, as a loyal Grazia Daily follower, we expect you to be amongst them. In our guide to UK Boutique festivals, we help you pack for each one we recommend. . .

June 11 -13 Isle of Wight Festival Camping ticket £150

On the musical front, There’ll be La Roux, Blondie (worth the ticket price alone!) plus Jay-Z for hip hop heads and The Strokes, to bring a touch of gritty downtown New York magic with them. PLUS! Little Boots surprising her fans on the acoustic stage. Style tip - factor in the weather and you’ll need a selection of warm and lightweight ensembles.

Hat - £18 ASOS.com and Jacket £199.95 from Barbour.com


July 9-11 Lounge on the Farm festival  Merton Farm, Canterbury £95

won the best line-up prize at last year's UK Festival Awards and this year the Kent-based shindig offers cheerful vibes from soul and reggae veterans Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Toots & the Maytals, Irish folk man Fionn Regan and the ever-wacky DJ Yoda. Good food and local cider are also plentiful and the kids will be kept amused by the Little Lounge, featuring animals from Aspinall's zoos. Style tip – go for vintage inspired comfy gear.

Lace dress £35 by AX Paris at Oli.co.uk and Hudson boots £130 from hudsonshoes.com



July 15-18 LATITUDE Henham Park, Southwold. £155.
The preferred choice for culture vultures and serious music fans. The festival site itself is compact and easy to navigate, beautifully decorated and the toilets are the cleanest on the scene. The line-ups are always among the best of the summer – the promorters have the nous to choose the best performers, rather than biggest selling artists and this year is no exception. Folk heroes Belle and Sebastian, Grazia favourite Florence and the Machine and the smash hit indie trio the xx are all going to be there this July. Style tip - Possibly the most civilised festival, so break out a girly summer frock and some mannish sandals. 

Sandals from Clarks, £39.99 – stockist no: 08444 77 77 44 and Maxi dress £75 by Kwami from pretaportabello.com


22 – 25 July The Secret Garden Party Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton  £149.50

This teeny little festie is becoming less and less secret, so you better get a wriggle on if you want to buy tickets. As if the headliners Gorillaz, Grazia girl  Marina and her Diamonds weren’t enough to tempt you, then perhaps its reputation as the friendliest of all the outdoor shindigs will reel you in.  Style tip – you can afford to go quite ‘kooky’ at this one, and be more original than a tutu.

Shorts - Awear £20 awear.com and headdress by Bitching and Junkfood £100 from urbanoutfitters.co.uk




August 5th-8th The Big Chill Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire £155.

This year’s Big Chill is quite a jump-up one with Tinie Tempah and DJ Ashley Beedle's soul project Mavis, as well as Plan B and Massive Attack. There will also be an emphasis on art and literature with artist Spencer Tunick, who'll be creating a mass nude installation (!) and a Spoken Word Tent, a Words In Motion Tent filled with literary luminaries. Style tip – as hip and Hoxton as you can.
Jumpsuit by Paul and Joe Sister £200 from my-wardrobe.com and bag £16 awear.com


9-12 September BESTIVAL - Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight. £150

Rounding off the season will be The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, and Ellie Goulding on stage at the three day extravaganza but everyone knows Bestival is ALL about the fancy dress. This year’s theme is The Fantastic Fantasy. Organisers suggest Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, King Arthur, Merlin and more of the like. People tend to take costume making VERY seriously indeed so style tip – don’t leave it till the last minute!

Fan front dress £100 from Aqua - aquabyaqua.com

- Naomi Attwood



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