What To Wear At Music Festivals This Summer

In timely patriotic fashion, here are the best music festivals in England this summer and how to style yourself for each one.
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In timely patriotic fashion, here are the best music festivals in England this summer and how to style yourself for each one.

Ten years young, Lovebox is the first of your go-to festivals this year taking place early in the festival calendar, 15-17th June. Founded by Groove Armada, it began as an extension of their club night at Old Street's trendy 93 Feet East club. With Hot Chip and Grace Jones headlining, you'll want to keep an element of its dance roots in your outfit. I would base it with the Moonwalker swimsuit from Black Milk - an awesome Aussie brand specialising in all things tight and shiny, printed or patterned! It's a bit pricey but will last forever. Chuck on some faded dip-dye denim with shorts from Moto at Topshop for £34. Lovebox has been held at Victoria Park in Hackney since '05, and this year with Lana Del Rey playing on the Sunday you'll want to add something hipster to fit in. Pink heart shaped sunglasses from Topshop should do the trick, and maybe a vintage oversized 80s bomber jacket if it gets chilly. There's no camping so chuck some velcro sleep-in rollers the night before - you can pick some cute pink ones up from www.velcrosleeprollers.com from £8 - for ironically bouncy 'beauty queen' hair, a la Del Rey. You'll need shoes to take you from the city to the field, and the Aztec sandals from Chockers are perfect, and only £17, just mind no-one treads on your tootsies. If you're worried, invest in these peach Nike Air Royalty hi-tops at £70 (below), pricey but so adorable! Without a tent base you’ll need to carry your essentials with you. Head to www.mybag.com where they have the famous Cambridge satchels you’ve seen in Urban Outfitters in exclusive summery colours, including bright and happy sunshine yellow!

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Wireless is next on your festival tour, a month later, from 6-12th July. It’s another London based festival, this time in Hyde Park. Here you can get your grime on with hip-hop and R&B starlets Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora. Jessie J, Tulisa, Labrinth, Rizzle Kicks and so many others will also be taking to the stages singing the tunes that got you through the first half of 2012. On the Friday the music will be a little more electro and a little more alternative with Deadmau5, Metric and Santigold. For this day your outfit should fit the bill. There's no camping here either so you can afford to be a little more showy and a little less slouchy. Start with a black bikini and slip Three Floor Fashion's Dark Star dress over the top. It's made from retro 'glittery' sheer polyester but cut into a really modern shape. Like nothing else on the market but topped with an embellished collar, it's the perfect fusion of odd and conventional. All this for £92 is a steal. Short studded Festival wellies from Hunter should see you through any rain, otherwise go for the eye-catching Comet sandals from Office at £55. In the evening, stay girly with a pink padded Dreamer jacket from Regatta at just £45 (below) – a cheaper, cuter version of the classic Barbour. On the Saturday and Sunday you'll be getting your sexy, sassy moves on and whether you’re blessed with a tidy or bouncy butt – you need to show off whatever you've got, Rihanna style, with American Apparels’ high waisted caramel (gold) disco shorts at £45. You also need to focus on stability and comfort for your footwear. Pink suede Nike hi-tops at £66.99 from Office look sleek and trendy, so invest in these or similar. Topshop's Caylpso bralet at £18 adds the Minaj factor and finishes your R&B pop diva look. A light denim shirt over the top will banish any chills and doubles up as a sexy accessory tied up at the waist.

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From August 8-12th you need to make the most of the weather and get your mates together for a road trip down to Newquay, Cornwall, where the weather is hot and the waves are big. Sandy beaches, hot locals, banana boat rides, surf and skate competitions and best of all – the Boardmasters music festival. Picture the scene: You're relaxed, beer in hand, you've been at the beach all day, you're with your mates, what could make this better? Live music from your favourite bands? Exactly. Camping is up to you but I recommend you shack up in a surfers lodge for the full Newquay experience. Feelgood highlights this year include bands Reel Big Fish providing some punky ska on the Wednesday, so make sure you get there early, and early naughties indie legends Maximo Park playing on Saturday. The main days are Friday and Saturday and will see Ed Sheeran, Dizzee Rascal, Zane Lowe and others headline the various stages. For this festival your gear should really be no more than flip flops or jellies, a bikini and some sunnies. Guess have brought out some very cool floral summery shades for surfer babes. They come in five different colours but these rose-tinted pink ones are sure to put you in a good mood. (below) At £100 they aren't so cheap but your outfit isn't really going to cost that much. Lest we forget staying safe in the sun is of the utmost importance, we know too much about the dangers of sunburn these days to ignore it – more details about sun safety and sexy bronzing at the end. You'll already be wearing your bikini, so just pull on some Topshop Tapestry contrast hotpants at £34 and you could finish the look with an oversized shirt if it gets chilly. Slip on a pair of colourful £40 California sandals from Office, sure to get you loads of attention. Now all you need is some buds. Both kinds. And a surfer.

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The choice between Boardmasters and Wilderness shouldn't be tough because they are miles away from each other - 240 to be exact - and very different in terms of music genre and crowd; unless you are me and want to do everything that is awesome! Unfortunately they fall on the same August weekend, 10-12th, but I couldn't leave Wilderness out as they have lined up the incredible, mind-blowingly awesome Rodrigo y Gabriela to headline their festival. The Mexican duo play the most intricate, atmospheric, rhythmic acoustic guitar faster than you can imagine in a sort of Spanish, Latin folky style - though they hate being pigeon-holed into a genre. Wilderness is far more than just a music festival, though. It is a 'celebration of the Arts and Outdoors in the wilds of England'. It’s held at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, and they host banquets, philosophical talks, horse riding, theatre, yoga and so much more! Kit yourself out in something suitably hippyish with Three Floor's ethereal, broderie anglaise Heaven Sent maxi at £118 (below). Experiment all you like, go wild with vintage and quirky accessories. Get inspired by Florence Welch, Kate Bush and Woodstock. Any light chills should be banished by slinging on an embroidered, fringed cover up from River Island at £35. Office’s pink ribbon wellies a steal at £33 (below) and pretty up the grubbiest of looks, or if the sun shines try their simple, white Cyber sandals at £38. This is the perfect look to try a relaxed plait halo with your hair a la Scarlett Johansson.

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Thankfully there’s no worthy conflict with V Festival (below), next on your calendar through 18-19th August – at Hylands Park in Essex or Weston Park in Staffordshire, depending on your location. 90's Britpoppers The Stone Roses headline Friday and Saturday sees hit-machine the Killers playing, vice-versa if you’re heading to the Hylands site. Professor Green, Snow Patrol and David Guetta are also playing, so it’s a really great mix of music, but it also means you’ll have to go for something easy and versatile to wear. Hopefully the weather will stay on your side so why not go for a playsuit. Start with the coral chain print one from River Island at £25 and match it with some adorable coral espadrilles from hipster favourite Toni’s Got Sole at just £15. With Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds playing, you’ll want to keep it Britpop in the cooler evenings with Three Floor's furry Field Trip parka at £129. A messy top bun provides a suitable hairstyle. Add Aviators to complete this look.

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End the summer with a bang by going to the ultimate rock festival Reading & Leeds as your final stop. Whichever one you go to will depend on your postcode – the rivalry is always rife! It takes place during the August bank holiday weekend, 24-26th, and sees Kasabian, The Cure and Foo Fighters headlining the main stages. This is the time to get your leathers, skinnies and red lipstick on. The NME/Radio 1 stage offers up decent alternative headliners in the form of indie legends The Maccabees, who've been on our iPods since 2003, and epic French electro masters Justice, if you’re ready to be on your feet and dancing all night long. Intentionally dishevelled rock chick is the look you want to be going for. Think Kate Moss at Glastonbury 2008 slash Alison Mosshart. Head to Topshop for your denim and throw on a loose metallic vest or faded band tee. I found this eye-catching roaring lion one (below) for just £6.99 from www.omgfashion.co.uk. Team with a black leather biker slung on top. If you’d prefer the vegetarian version there’s this steal form Three Floor, their slick faux-leather Camden jacket for a fraction of the price at £88. (below) Hunter’s new range of wellies really are unbeatable for footwear. Choose their trendy Shoreditch boot or have fun with the Neon boot – tall and black with a bright pink sole. Muss your hair up with some incredible thickening stray from www.3moreinches.com at £17 and throw on some wayfarers.

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Finally, while you're camping you'll need to keep yourself clean. Here’s your shopping list: Try Johnson's baby wipes – often on promotion for just £1 and work a treat. For the hair you'll need dry shampoo. Toni & Guy have just brought out a Mini Airliner bag for £12 - where you can mix and match four miniature products from four categories to suit your needs, and there’s products form each category that require no washing! Should you come across running water – which you will at Reading, they have awesome showers – get yourself shampoo! And get a bottle of Original Source shower gel (below). It's refreshing and delicious smelling and mini sizes are just £1. In the day stay safe in the sun by applying factor 20 – at least! Don’t fret though as you can prep yourself bronze a few days ahead of your festival with Fake Bake’s new tanning range. The Flawless tanner is my favourite staple product. At £22.95 you get loads in a bottle and I've tried it: it's properly bronze and not orange at all, no-one will tell the difference between this and a real California tan. Bronze your cheekbones with the Beyond Bronze Shimmer at £13.99 in light or medium.

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