With Radio 1′s Big Weekend, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury just around the corner it’s time to dust the cobwebs off the camping gear, shake out your tent and ransack your wardrobe in preparation for the upcoming festival season.
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If you’ve got that festival feeling but look more geek than chic in your camping gear, or perhaps are feeling the pinch and didn’t get your hands on any tickets this year, help is at hand as we take a look at the three key festival fashion trends of summer 2011 and how you can make them your own at home.
Trend 1: 70′s flower power:
The current craze for all things 70s is hard to miss. Flowing flares, bright florals, high waisted trousers and billowy blouses have been on trend for a while now but with all the festivals coming up these fashion fads are picking up pace.
The 70s were all about peace love and taking things easy, and if you can’t actually get to the festivals this year there is still a way to channel all those good vibrations at home.
For a quick room transformation 70s style, throws and cushions in burnt orange, mustard yellow, avocado green or golden yellow are a simple way to set the right mood. For a little bit of fun mounted vinyls and neon lava lamps will jazz up any room.
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To create your own festival garden lay down a few floral rugs, throw out some space hoppers and fix a disco ball to an overhanging tree branch and dance the night away with all the music live from the real festival on the radio.
Trend 2: Bright bold colour:
Summer has always been a time for bright colours and bold prints but this year colours are brighter than ever.
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These brilliant brights are not for wallflowers and should be worn in thick blocks of colour for real stand-out style. This shouldn’t stop at your clothes either – makeup, handbags and all other accessories are vibrant at the moment, which suggests a summer full of festival colour.
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Bringing colour into your home has never been easier. If the 70s shades are not quite your style there are plenty of others to choose from – and the brighter the better.
If you want to avoid too much DIY decoration, there’s a huge range of bright homeware available and lots of colourful picnic, garden and camping accessories. I particularly like these candle globe candle holders. They look beautiful among your garden flowers and keep the colour alive after the sun goes down, ensuring that your homemade festival or al fresco dinner can continue on in style.
For these, plus more bright design inspiration have a look at my colourful festival trend folder:
Trend 3: Layers, tassels and texture:
Tassels, fringes and crochet textures were all over the spring/summer runways and are easy to add into your existing wardrobe. If you can’t decide which fashion trend to follow this year you can stay stylish simply by layering clothes you already have, adding texture with big brooches or hair pins, or making a DIY tasseled belt from some old curtain tassels.
Tassels and texture are easy to incorporate into your home decor as well, and can be an investment as they are timeless. Lorna Syson has just released a beautiful collection of cushions and wall art that are full of frills and texture but will always be in style. Placed together or standalone they are beautiful, interesting and excellent for a quick room makeover.
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For festival celebrations at home, a few textured pillows and tasseled pouffes, such as Karmababes’ Indian Elephant Pouffe, scattered around your garden will invite your guests to chill out and relax. Get creative with colourful lampshades hanging from trees and decorated garden parasols to ensure your homemade festival is as funky as the real thing.
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