Why Shorts Are Your Festival NBF
Written by Lucy Felton
Savvy trend-setters are bagging statement shorts and styling them clever for a practical and powerful field fix. Lucy Felton, fashion journalist and founder of lifestyle blog The Lucy Edit shows you how to nail the festival scene’s hottest look. Just don’t forget to top with plenty of neon and glitter!
What better way to mark the start of the sunshine season than with one of the festival circuits biggest trends? Scaling the fashion ranks and spotted on every bona fide Coachella tastemaker, a pair of hero shorts will soon become your warm weather go-to. Whether hitting the local park, headed to sandy shores or getting knee-deep in Glastonbury mud, it’s time to give the frocks a break and welcome this hardworking wardrobe addition.
Printed vest £2.50, denim short £5
Travel-friendly and on-point, the season’s easy jersey runner shorts are a no-brainer when getting dressed in a tent or packing mix and match holiday outfits. Head in store for classic retro piping and acid washes starting at £2.50. This pocket friendly sports deluxe spin taps right into street nostalgia and doubles as an easy poolside win too. Definitely more urban queen than throwback, layer over the electric blue slogan Palm Springs cossie (£4) or let the relaxed millennial pink tee hang loose (£6). Pop on a pair of star-decked sunnies, stack up some beaded bracelets and you’re set. Beachy waves, fancy braids, highlighted cheekbones and shimmering eyes will bring these bang into evening territory. Perfect after a long day on a sun lounger or crowd surfing.
Running short £2.50, zip hoody £7
White cami £4, black short £4
The aim of the game is to master an ensemble with just the right amount of glam rock appeal, whilst remaining pretty and put-together at the same time. We’re not talking polished here, but instead a look that you can take from field to pub to town and date-night with ease. Start by honing in on your fave shorts style. A frayed and love-worn denim cut-off will always scream ‘touring with the band’ cool, whereas a bohemian tassel-adorned finish ticks off globe-trotting edge. Look out for flattering high waists, Moroccan tile patterns and handicraft details like patches and lace trims. Just add crop tops, camisoles, heaps of print and finish with strategic bold jewellery - disco hoops and grungy chokers will up the luxe factor in seconds.
Black cami £4, lattice wrap choker £1.50, printed short £4
Tap into city chic by spinning go-to boyfriend fits. Black and indigo denim worn with stripes, cold shoulders and ruffles will fast-track a big dollop of Riviera preppy. While opting for khaki and white tailoring takes any safari look next level. Top with simple shirts - sleeveless utility, linen and chambray are all great options. Embroidered peasant tops and cross-backs will all create a stir at night while espadrilles and straw hats will instantly elevate and can easily be switched between both looks. Paradise-bound? Add sliders, metallic sandals and gladiators. Let the sunshine, sequins, tanned skin and summer good times roll. See you in the field!