The staples of American music festival fashion are so identifiable you can locate them via your local Pac Sun or a scroll through your Instagram feed. There are the high-waisted denim shorts, the flower crowns, kimonos, crop tops, anything tribal print or fringed, maybe a Native American headdress (read Vogue’s article about the troubling implications of that one here), and some glitter for good measure. With festival style’s overwhelming popularity, styling a Bonaroo-bound outfit is not only easy, but basically unavoidable.
June 25th marks the beginning of England’s Glastonbury Music Festival. The fashionable festival is known for its diverse musical acts and locale so muddy that rain boots are a fundamental requirement. This year’s lineup is phenomenal, featuring Arcade Fire, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey, Dolly Parton (for an in-depth look at her sublime performance, read here), Ed Sheeran, the 1975, Blondie, Pixies, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding, Bombay Bicycle Club, James Blake, St. Vincent, Lykke Li, Courtney Barnett, Chance the Rapper, Suzanne Vega, and Foxes to name a few. All the acts are varied and talented, however, it is Glasto’s true posh British style that makes the festival so intriguing. While of course there are the outlandish, wild, and mostly questionable looks, British classiness is prevalent even in the midst of rain, mud, and festival fever.
While flower crowns are still popular, the Brits favor more practical rain boots for footwear. Olive drab army jacket are seen everywhere, often accompanied with black shirts and jean cut-offs. Black and denim spoke to the subtle coolness of British fashion. Leather jackets, floppy hats, simple florals, and subtle fringe were also on-trend.
Glastonbury Fashion is indicative of the fashion philosophy that sometimes less is more. The styles here reflect well-made, versatile pieces that suggest binge-shopping at Forever Twenty One may not always be ideal. Cheaper, trendier stores can be great, but Glasto’s most stylish argue that classic items with a twist may be better than an endless array of crop tops and exotically-patterned parachute pants.
– Jenny Henderson