Fashion used to be whatever was airing around London’s finest ballrooms. In this day and age, you have to dig through layers of festival mud and spilt alcohol to uncover the latest trends. Sorry royals, you had your glory days. Now it’s our turn.
On-trend right now is the rock chick shirt. Think androgynous colours, with fierce images or animal prints, worn by the kind of people you were too frightened to hang out with at school. Give it a girly touch with floral headbands and high-waisted, denim shorts.
To the abhorrence of those who don’t have a rack of well-toned abs, crop tops are hot too. If you can make this look work, we salute you. If you aren’t a fitness junkie, maybe next year will be kinder to you.
Ravers around the world, unite! 2012 is neon, and happy to see you. From multi-coloured skull bracelets to bright green beaded necklaces, it doesn’t matter what you wear this year, as long as the colour is LOUD.
Sunglasses aren’t just an accessory, they’re a necessity. A smart fashionista will pick a shape that best suits her face, whilst giving her the best coverage. Necking back the drinks and slumming it in a tent every night will do horrific things for your complexion. Put on a pair of sunglasses, and it’s like it never happened.
This year says goodbye to Converse, and it will be sorely missed…there is a new boot on the block! And it’s perfect for wear and tear (also if you need to kick a shoving mosher in the shins). Boxing laced-up boots are comfortable and durable flats that won’t leave you with sore feet.
If boots aren’t your thing, go for loafers or trainers. Rihanna and Jessie J have been ditching their heels on their festival tours in favour of these two classics.
That’s all very well and good, but if the music stadium becomes a swamp, you’re going to need some heavy-duty wellington boots. Cheer everyone (and yourself) up with bright colours that go with your outfits, and avoid that last-minute, purse-smashing purchase of a pair on the first day.
Studded high-waisties! Who’d have thought it? These are the kind of shorts that should come with a warning sign. They look more like a lethal weapon than something you’d choose to wrap around your hips. This is deadly fashion at its best.
Rather wear trousers? Opt for something light, so you don’t get weighed down in the crowds. Also, make them cropped – there’s nothing worse than long trousers soaking up muddy puddle water; especially if you’re carrying around a limited amount of clothes.
Zoe is a freelance writer who is presently writing on behalf of heritage handbag and footwear brand Jane Shilton.