Vintage-inspired Costumes for Festivals

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


A little inspirational post for you today 

Looking for fashion inspiration for an upcoming festival? Why not take your style cues from the past with a hippie or grunge vibe. Vintage-inspired costumes can help you stand out in a crowd and take your fancy dress costume from meh, to amazing!
 Not quite sure which era best matches your personal style? Here are a few ideas by decade to help give an idea of what could work for you.
1920s Glamour
Although you may think of a slick, 20’s flapper look as being better suited for a ballroom than a muddy field, if you’re looking for fancy dress that will get you noticed you could opt for this type of look. You can pick up the 80’s take on 20’s fashion with a fringed flapper dress, available at any vintage shop. Accessorize with wellies and loads of fake pearls.
1950s Rockabilly
Do you prefer the glamour of a classic pin-up girl or the sass of a rockabilly look? Sky-high hair, a polka dotted dress, and a slick of red lipstick is a perfect festival-ready look. You don’t have to be authentic at a festival with a full-on poodle skirt either – opt for a high street polka dot dress or slim-fitting jeans, cat-eye sunglasses and headscarf and you’ll have style to spare.
1960s Psychedelia
The looks of the 1960s are a perfect fit for summer festivals, and you’ll see a bevy of funny costumes each year that look straight out of Austin Powers! If you’re not ready to go full-on paisley, you could opt for pops of colour, whether it’s a floaty scarf or oversized pair of brightly coloured sunglasses. Flat go-go boots are also comfortable yet chic, ideal for unpredictable festival weather. Just be sure to waterproof the fabric first if you’re wearing vintage suede.
1970s Bohemian
Thanks to Coachella, 70’s Bohemian style is perhaps the vintage look most closely associated with summer festivals. Fortunately for festival-goers this year, this style is also bang on trend so you’ll find no shortage of flared jeans, cropped crochet tops, and suede jackets to choose from. Go for the dreamy look in floaty maxi dresses and top the look with a slick fedora.
1990s Grunge
Are you looking for fashionable or funny fancy dress ideas that also have a bit of edge? The 90’s grunge era has your number. Clomp around the muddy fields in a pair of Doc Martens, and it won’t matter if you rip your tights. Flannel and thermals make for great layering items anyways, and look cool layered over a sweet babydoll dress a la Courtney Love. The grunge look is perfect for festivals, because not only does it look cool, but it looks even better with a layer of grime and a few snags along the way.

You can choose to mix and match from these different eras to create your own unique look, or go full-on costume party if you want to make a bolder statement. But either way, there’s no doubt that vintage fashion and summer music festivals go hand in hand. 


How would you dress for a festival?