How To Get Your Glastonbury Gear On
You’re not a proper fan of fashion and music if you’ve not been initiated into one of the UK’s most significant music events, the five-day Glastonbury Festival. The fact that it started the year Jimmy Hendrix died, in 1970, is just the tip of the iceberg of how cool this music, fashion and celebrity festival is.
Named for its venue – the green fields of Glastonbury in Pilton, Somerset – this 45-year-old song-and-style carnival celebrates the coming together of people who love music, as well as the counterculture of fashion movements as a result of it. Its eclectic line-up of performers each year includes a long list of stalwarts as well as fresh acts. Glastonbury 2016, for example, hosted the star-cast likes of Adele, Muse, Ellie Goulding and Art Garfunkel, just to name a few.
Not surprisingly, besides models, celebrities and performers such as Rita Ora and Suki Waterhouse, Glastonbury also counts It girls Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Alexa Chung as devoted fans. Which also means you’re not a proper attendee of Glastonbury if you’re not dressed as the cool girls are – dance-party ready, rock-concert prepped, and geared up for a week-long of bohemian folk-pop shindigs.
Think hippie-inspired minidresses, oversized shearling or denim jackets, handy cross-body bags, mini disco slings and practical Wellingtons that can withstand the muddiest fields. Here, we break down the new rules of festival dressing.
1: Embrace print
Pick bright vintage patterns from Burberry, or more liberty-inspired florals from Coach’s punk collegiate collection for Fall/Winter 2016, and you’ll be right at home on the fields and in the tents. Take it further by clashing them right – pair sharp and geometric with something feminine and pretty.
2. Get comfortable
You can’t be festival-ready if you’re not comfortable. Wear an outfit you can dance in, that’s warm enough after sundown, and that you won’t wish you could tear off after an hour of partying. Stylish layering has never been easier with Gucci’s dreamy embroidered minidresses that pair perfectly with a Saint Laurent leather jacket – the combo will lend you that too-cool rock-star insouciance.
3. Pack a kit
Think of the Glastonbury festival as the music, fashion and party edition of camping in the great outdoors. Small cross-body bags from Valentino and Miu Miu give you the option of being hands-free, and can hold all your festival necessities without looking out of place. If you simply can’t leave Biffy the security blanket at home, bring it in a Longchamp La Pliage tote.
Kenneth Goh, editor-in-chief at Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore
Photo credits: Courtesy of Chanel, Givenchy, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Marc Regas for Coach and Saint Laurent.