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2022 festival fashion guide

After two long years music festivals are back, bringing along the return of outlandish and brilliantly bright outfits. So with festival season fast approaching, get lost in the music with our drop of clothing essentials. From dresses with embellished finishes, to premium leather styles, sequins (lots of them) and coordinating frills for those carefree moments, discover the styles that deserve their own headlining spot. Or why not delve into our collection of festival ready hair and make-up products? Whatever the weather or event, our essential guide is here to help you look stylish, come rain or shine.


Standout in sequins

A festival isn’t a festival without some sparkle, so turn your outfit into a guaranteed conversation starter with the ultimate sequin look. In need of a showstopper? The sparkly skirt has arrived and brought with it a sprinkling of outfit envy. No surprises there because with a sequin blazer ensemble this good, we are already on the lookout for further sparkles. From sequin dresses and wide-leg trousers to all out sequin jackets and shirts, we have everything you need to ensure your festival outfit is one to remember. As for prints and colourways, there are no rules, every colour goes!


Head-to-toe denim

Headline the fashion scene in denim. We don't have to tell you that denim is the classic no brainer for your wardrobe; with great styling it never looks lazy. High-waisted denim shorts are always a hit and a go-to festival classic, pair with an oversized T-shirt and western boots and embrace your wild side. If you thought double denim died, think again. Opt for a denim jacket with flared jeans and you're good to go. In need of a one and done outfit? Let our down for whatever dungarees do all the talking; loose-fitting and comfortable, these one piece wonders are great for styling both up and down.

Keep it cool in mesh

The matter of what to wear for your weekend in the mud can be as daunting as it is appealing, but we weren't surprised to find that fashion has gone super pretty this season. Choose from festival fits in semi-sheer and broderie and tap into the hyper-feminine trend with everything from ruffled blouses to lace camisole tops and lust-worthy cotton dresses. Whether you're bound for dancing in a field this summer or off camping, discover a broderie midi dress. Made from lightweight, breathable cotton, these dresses look sweetly sophisticated styled with chunky boots. But that's not all, show off this summer's most wanted looks with a luscious broderie blouse, these tops scream summer and look effortless teamed with linen shorts, wide-leg jeans or tucked into a denim midi skirt.


Festival frills

Add some sway into your everyday with fringing that works as hard on the festival fields as you. Amp up your look with a little extra added movement and incorporate fringe on just about everything. From retro-inspired leather jackets to western-esque fringe tops and stomp-worthy leather tassel boots, we've nailed all your fun fringing outfits. If you need some style inspiration why not rock a faux suede biker jacket over a graphic or plain tee, paired with your most iconic denim.


The only way is crochet

Crochet has become a seasonless staple worthy of investing in, but now this crafty trend isn't just for the colder months; perfect for those festivals by the beach nothing screams summer more than crochet.

So, where to start? Crochet vests are the perfect piece to layer over a button-down blouse, T-shirt or bodysuit. They can be dressed up or dressed down; paired with light-wash denim or shorts and is key to nailing an effortlessly chic look. Crochet tops are also indispensable; how else can you dress up your outfit? A crochet top paired with matching trousers or skirts will add the perfect balance between playful and elevated dressing. Or why not embody summer in a crochet dress; perfect when paired with chunky platforms, it's a style that certainly turns up the festival heat. Plus, dresses add a touch of understated allure to your warmer weather styling.

What shoes should I wear at a festival?

So, you've planned your outfits but what about your footwear? It's easy to forget that you'll be doing a lot of steps throughout the day and after all comfort is key, which is why we are giving you the ultimate festival shoe low-down.

Think chunky boots canvas trainers, and stylish but practical sandals. More of a maximalist? Browse our range of western boots. Wellies seem like the classic option for a festival, but we beg to differ. A comfy pair of chunky boots are the way to go as they go with pretty much everything. Trainers are also handy, take a pair that you know you can walk for miles in and don't mind scuffing up. Even if the weather isn't bad, chances are you will encounter a muddy patch. Flip flops might not be the first shoe that comes to mind when packing for a festival, but they are surprisingly useful. If you plan on showering whilst you are there you will want to wear a pair of sliders or sandals. Lastly, remember to pack lots of thick comfy socks.


Festival makeup

There are no rules when it comes to festival makeup, in fact anything colourful and bright goes. Even if you don't like glitter there are some more understated looks you can create using products you already have in your makeup bag, like highlighter and eyeliner. So, let's take you through some of the key trends:

Electric blue: Nothing shouts festival like classic winged eyeliner, however blue eyeliner is making an ultimate comeback and instantly creates a statement eye look. Bold yet subtle, you'll stand out for all the right reasons.

Sculpted shadows: Want to go bold but don't fancy ditching your nude eyeshadow palette? Recreate a dreamy sculpted shadow look for your next festival.

Illuminating beauty: Create that statement shimmer with a standout highlighter to enhance your facial features and help you glow from dusk till dawn.

1. Lancôme Hypnôse Artliner in 09 Blue Metallic 
2. Lancôme Hypnose Drama Eyeshadow Palette in 01 French Nude
3. ICONIC London Illuminator in Blush


Festival hair

Master effortless concert-ready looks with our backstage pass into the best festival hairstyles, including fool-proof braids, slick back ponies, and everything in between.

Waves: Keep your look relaxed with loose tousled waves that epitomise the carefree festival style. If you want to amp up your curls, opt for a smaller curl barrel.

Boxer braids: A festival season must-have, boxer braids are perfect for any hair length and will stay in place way into the night.

Bubble braids: Breathe new life into a classic festival ponytail with a bubble braid; which scores maximum style points and is simple to create.

Updo: Keep your style looking fresh with a half up, half down look. Again, simple to create but achieves maximum kudos.

If you have naturally curly hair, there's multiple options to choose from so you're festival ready in no time. Embrace your natural curls with a curl enhancer that gives your locks bounce whilst taming any frizziness when the humidity levels reach their peak. Or experiment with different accessories like clips and glitter to find the ones that really suit your hair type.

1. Silver Tone Crystal Hair Clips 4 Pack 
2. Umberto Giannini Weather Proof Curls Finishing Cream 75ml

From standout sequins and frills to salon-worthy waves and makeup artist approved beauty, explore the latest festival fashion trends at Next; including on-trend clothing, footwear, beauty and more from the world's biggest brands.

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