With all this gorgeous sunshiny weather we’re having at the moment, I can’t help but stare dreamily out of the window and visualize the hazy summer days that are on their way. It seems so long since I’ve donned my F&F flipflops I’ve almost forgotten what summer feels like.
The amazing thing is that it’s only March, which means there’s at least 6 months of summer to come (ok, so there might be a few showers in-between, but that can’t knock my sunny mood right now!) I’m happy to put up with April showers, because May is the start of Festival season, and I’m already planning my practical but fashionable backpack-fitting wardrobe!
It’s a relief to know that this year the 70’s Woodstock look is a huge trend. And for Festivalwear it’s even better, because lets be honest – although I’d love to look as chilled and glam as Kate and Daisy, the reality of sleeping in a tent, moshing in a crowd and probably not getting close to enough running water to have a Herbal Essences moment for at least a couple of days means I also need to be realistic.
What I need is easy-to-pack, easy-to-wear comfortable layers that will look good come scorching sun or mulchy mud. And I’ll probably end up lending my cardi to a fellow festivalgoer in the good spirit of things, so it’s got to be affordable.
Luckily, the new F&F Spring/Summer collection is like the holy grail for Festival-going ladies and gents. Ticking all the boxes above they’re not only gorgeous and completely on-trend but also at fab prices! Here are my favourites so far:
F&F Denim Shorts £10, Iconeyewear Aviator Sunglasses £8,
F&F Ditsy Print Ruffle Vest Top £12, Cherokee Wellington Boots £8
The full range launches next month, so keep an eye out for some more fabulously stylish but practical festival essentials!
If you’re already a seasoned festivalgoer then I’m sure I’ll be singing along with you in a huge field somewhere this summer. If you’ve never been but fancy going I highly recommend it! Here’s a quick schedule of the big Festivals this season if you’re still deciding.
The UK’s Biggest Summer Music Festivals for 2011
The Great Escape, 12-14 May, Brighton
300 bands, 3 days, 34 venues
Isle of Wight Festival, 10-12 June, Isle of Wight
Headlined by Kasabian, Kings of Leon and the Foo Fighters
Glastonbury, 22-26 June, Somerset
U2, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers, BB King, Friendly Fires, Fleet Foxes, Mumford And Sons, Big Boi
T in the Park, 8-10 July, Perthshire
Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Pulp, Blink 182, deadmau5, Brandon Flowers, Weezer, Tinie Tempah
Latitude, 14-17 July, Suffolk
The National, Paolo Nutini, Seude, Anna Calvi, Avi Buffalo, The Bees, Bellowhead, Bright Eyes, British Sea Power, Caribou
Secret Garden Party, 21-24 July, Cambridgeshire
Leftfield, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Mystery Jets, Blondie, I Am Kloot, Tribes, Matt And Kim, Smoke Fairies
Field Day, 6 August, London
Jamie XX, James Blake, Warpaint, Electrelane, Cocknbullkid, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Jamie Woon, Willy Mason
V Festival, 20-21 August, Staffordshire
Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Rihanna, Plan B, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Pendulum, Manic Street Preachers, Duran Duran
Reading Festival, 26-28 August, Reading
My Chemical Romance, Beady Eye, The Horrors, The Strokes, Jane’s Addiction, Pulp,, Muse, 2manydjs, Interpol
Creamfields, 27-28 August, Cheshire
The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Annie Mac, Armin Van Buuren
Bestival, 8-11 September, Isle of Wight
Pendulum, The Cure, Primal Scream, Brian Wilson, Robyn, Magnetic Man, Crystal Castles, DJ Shadow, Diplo, Katy B, Kelis, PJ Harvey, James Blake, BAD, Grandmaster Flash, Mogwai