Festival season has arrived so it would only be right to have a festival lookbook, don’t you agree? Until recently I’d never been to a festival and I thought it would be a great idea to share some of the outfits I sported when I went to FIB Festival in Benicàssim.
The great thing about these outfits are that you only need a handful of items to create completely new looks. This post features five very different looks that could be taken as festival inspiration, unless you wanted to copy them completely then go ahead! Some of the items of clothing were kindly gifted by Boohoo (I know I’m in shock too) anywaaaay back to the lookbook.
I’ve always been one of those people that can’t stand to wear the same outfit more than once, but at the same time is a firm believer of rewearing items and creating as many looks as possible. This is what sparked this idea of a blog post as well as the fact that when going away whether near home or abroad taking as fewer items as possible is key. Fashion has to be sustainable in my opinion (although my wardrobe probably disagrees).
Usually I’m a skirt or jeans kinda gal but jeans at a festival (in sunny Spain) this would have been impractical. Plus wearing a skirt would’ve had me paranoid that I might accidentally flash a stranger my pants whilst (awfully) dancing, which is something I try to avoid when possible. Therefore meaning my festival looks were based around different style shorts and tops.
Festival look one: The White top of dreams & Pink denim shorts
In my head I knew I wanted a light coloured tie top, one made from a lightweight material that wouldn’t make me overheat (avoiding the sweaty look is key). When I found this one on Boohoo I knew I needed it. It’s from Boohoo’s petite range (I’m 5ft 6 for reference) and I got a size 10 because I was wary that the arms may be a little tight. I instantly fell in love with the borderie pattern and decided I’d just have to find the right items to do this top justice.
This top was paired with light pink high waisted denim shorts for this look because my aim was to avoid flashing people unnecessarily and keep my dignity intact. Admittedly I was torn between going for a basic light wash denim pair or going for the Pink (which was a little out of my comfort zone) but I’m SO glad I went with the Pink shorts. After all if you can’t be a bit EXTRA at a festival when can you be? I went for two sizes larger than my usual size (I’m usually an 8) so I could draw the waist in with a belt and have a little leg room, of course you don’t have to do this I just think they fit really well this way and you have soooo much more wiggle room.
Usually I’m not the type to wear shorts and wear a tie top (because that’s a bit too revealing). I usually choose one or the other but I received so many compliments on this outfit that I think the risk paid off (either that or people were just being extremely kind).
Festival look two: Black Frill shorts & the Sequin bandeau
For some reason (which I can’t comprehend) I became obsessed with the idea of having a white sequin bandeau. Days and days passed where I was searching every website I could find to track one down. I didn’t want a thin one that showed half my midriff or risk my cleavage being on show (not that there’s much there but you know what I’m saying). Anywaaaay I stumbled across this one in New Look which was exactly what I had in mind. I got mine in a size small which fit like a glove and let me fulfill my Mermaidy sequin dreams.
I chose to pair my bandeau with a pair of Black frill hem high waisted shorts from Boohoo. I don’t usually wear shorts because I have rather short legs and I feel that wearing shorts draws unwanted attention to this, however this particular pair of shorts makes me feel pretty great… I’m not sure if it’s because of the frill hem that flatters my (rather muscular) thighs or whether it’s the elasticated waist which means I don’t have to worry too much about getting that leg/waist ratio right. I bought these in Black because I’ll get a lot of wear out of them and with being at a festival they didn’t look toooo dirty. Again I sized up in these to allow for extra leg room which meant the waist was a little gappy but not enough to cause any problems.
Out of all my festival looks this one is by far my favourite, I felt the most confident in it and that’s what’s important to me!
Festival look three: Pink denim shorts & the Sequin bandeau
Something about this look just makes me smile. It could be that I felt more confident than ever before in these shorts, or it could be that I’m just really proud of this collaboration… Whatever it is I just felt like this look reflected me and allowed me to wear both sequins and Pink in one look without being too much, a dream come true.
Festival look four: Black frill shorts & the White top of dreams
At times I love to wear colour and stand out and other times wearing monochrome just feels right. To me this particular outfit screams detail but in a subtle way. It’s the type of outfit for someone who doesn’t like to wear much colour (me most days) but likes to let subtle tones, textures and patterns do the talking…
Festival look five: A mix up pretending I’m at Coachella
If you’re looking to make an entrance or pretend you’ve arrived from Coachella, but in reality you’re in a muddy field somewhere in the middle of nowhere then this look is for you. I had a vision of strolling in to the festival in a Black kimono (which would have caught the wind perfectly) blowing out behind me. You know, all the drama… Let’s just say that rather than this happening I got caught in my kimono after stepping on it several times but hey you didn’t need to know that.
This kimono is a little number I picked up from boohoo last season (although I’ve linked a similar one below). I usually use it on holiday abroad but it’s perfect for a lightweight cover up when you need one.
The story behind the bumbag
Until recently you’d never have seen me wearing one of these, I thought they looked rather silly. However my mind was changed when I thought about how practical a bumbag might be and if I could only find a ‘not so ugly one‘ that I might be persuaded to buy one… This bumbag was from New Look and is roomy enough for a coin purse, phone, portable charger, snacks (snacks being priority) and much more.
My makeup was kindly (and expertly) done by my sister Brittany Dixon, look her up if you’re in Norwich as she’s incredible at makeup (not that I’m biased or anything).
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Thank you for reading,
I hope you enjoyed this look book as much as I enjoyed creating it!
Love Saff x
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