Vintage-inspired Costumes for Festivals

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!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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?



  1. July 30, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Great post!
    Definately the rockabilly era…oddly, as a boy! (much more fun)
    I remember clubs and festivals in the 90's….(I'm an old rave chick at heart)..get your glow sticks out!
    So 1990's grunge would be my second choice,easy for me…I had genuine grime back then!

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