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Get Dressed for the Festival Season
April 26, 2018
Coachella has come to a close, but festival season has only just begun. Whether you’re off to Bestival or Burning Man or if you’re simply looking to inflect a little free-spirited style into your everyday wear – Tyler Kenny has compiled some of our festival favourites to take the guess work out of your next purchase.
The essence of festival season dressing is embracing a carefree and bohemian attitude to dressing. However nailing the insouciant print-on-print looks take a bit of work. Belgian designer Dries Van Noten stands above the rest for consistently making the haphazard mixing of prints seem effortless. Perfectly executed in this oversized camp-collar shirt which combines two-prints in one. It’s mix of a floral print is outlined and grounded by a navy foulard making it surprisingly easy to find complimentary items. Take a nod from one of the colours in the print when choosing the rest of the outfit or opt for denim cutoffs to bring a sense of ease. When the sun sets and the temperature drops, layer your silk shirt with a long-sleeved tee to channel some California cool.
Festival season (much like living in London) means you have to be prepared for all forms of weather. Here at Candid, we appreciate that nothing ruins the vibe of your summer gear faster than rain clouds. Enter the bicoloured anorak from Isabel Marant, it zips into a self-contained pouch (another trend!) making it lightweight and ideal for rolling up and carrying around festival grounds. It’s metallic panel and modern colour combo are polished enough to not detract from your overall look.
A surprise trend we picked up on at Coachella this year was the luxe bandana. Available in a myriad of instantly-recognisable prints, the bandana is an accessible way to add a luxe finishing touch your look or protect yourself from blistering sandstorms should you find yourself at Burning Man this summer. Try a bandana with a simple tee and varsity jacket for a look thats equal parts weekend warrior and city-dweller.
Gone are the days of piled-on festival wristbands and woven bracelets. The grown-up way to do festival accessories is with polished accessories with a whimsical touch. This pendant from Alex Orso will add a bit of personal humour with its bottle cap inspired design elevated by a luxe ruthenium finish. Wear this with camp-collar shirting in the day or with a simple tee and biker jacket for evening.
When it comes to festival bags the Candid team stands divided – there are those with a less-is-more attitude and those of us who prefer to have all the essentials (and then some) on us at all times. Luckily Herschel has you covered no matter which camp your in. The Canadian bag manufacturer offers a series of durable hip packs, with added bonuses like fly-knit reflective tech and waterproof zippers –perfect for the contemporary festival goer ready to take on the elements. If you prefer to be equipped with the essentials, a packed lunch and a change of clothes perhaps, a backpack is more your speed. The Apex Dayton from Herschel offers the same technical features as the hip bag with the added bonus of being able to house all your festival supplies, safely and stylishly. This sleek bag is completed by a unique structure and vertical zip closure.
Festival footwear is one of the tougher (no pun intended) categories to master. With an almost hundred-year history that spans outfitting soldiers, ravers and modern explorers, Palladium seems uniquely qualified for your next festival outing whether that be in the city or desert. The signature Pallabrouse style features fold-down details for added versatility. Available in a wide range of summer shades, they pair perfectly with shorts and look equally as good laced up with skinny trousers when the temperatures dip.
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