Summer fashion, for fairs, festivals & fun.

You probably know by now that I love a music festival, and any other summer outdoor event. I haven't booked my usual 5 day camping festival this year at Latitude, but I have been to a couple of day long festivals and, because we haven't had a real hot summer yet, what to wear has proved even more difficult than normal.

Here are a couple of ideas of what I would normally wear for a long day out going into evening......and what I actually ended up wearing because of the iffy weather.  I haven't gone to many places in the UK without packing leggings, if I am wearing a summer dress (rare this year!), a cardi & a parka! 

This is what I wanted to wear for the amazing BSTHyde Park festival with Massive Attackheadlining recently.  The top is at least a decade old, from Whistles, & the trousers were found inH&M in a sale last year for just £10!  They have a sale on now. These are the sort of clothes that are comfy, cool and a lovely clash of colour and print. And I don't mind getting mud on cheap or old clothes!

Photos by Harriet Jackman.

I dressed up the above party outfit with a retro scarf found in a market, vintage sunglasses, a 50s belt from Vivien of Holloway, and a bangle from a charity shop. Sadly, I haven't had a chance to wear this bright, summer look yet!

This is what I actually wore to Hyde Park, stopping off for a lovely long lunch at the Botanist in Sloane Square, London with my gorgeous god daughter Emma. I was meeting her new husband that day, so needed to make an impression and be ready for a muddy park!  So another vintage headscarf, tinted vintage specs, & retro shirt found in a market in Australia for £8 and new leggings (£95) from Hope Fashion. I was also wearing a vest under the shirt and my out of shot parka was very useful when the showers came & the temperature dropped! My shoes were the most expensive item from Lanvin, long story, but they were also the most comfortable while looking smart enough for Sloane Square!

Despite the short, sharp showers, it was a fantastic day and evening and, in the end, the clothes I chose were perfect to take me from lunch in a smart restaurant to a festival where bright, happy clothes are a bit of a must, as long as they're comfortable!

Lovely double rainbow at the BSTHydePark Festival after light rain.

Lovely double rainbow at the BSTHydePark Festival after light rain.

I would love to hear what you are wearing this summer to get round fluctuating temperatures and rain showers? Not easy trying to look like a fashionista in this weather is it?