Glastonbury is upon us, and regardless of whether you managed to score tickets to a festival this summer or not, here’s your chance to rock your best festival style – you know, that fringed jacket, those denim shorts and other entirely office-inappropriate items that hold the power to transform anyone into a hippie-chic groupie goddess. The key to festival style is finding a middle ground between nonchalant and overkill: while you certainly do want to appear carefree, the last thing you need is looking like like you tried too hard. Strike the balance by teaming low-key pieces with more head-turning ones.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite festival must-haves – all from ethical, sustainable brands and of course cruelty-free. See the selection below.
Turn heads with a hint of print in this artisanal design from Ace & Jig – a brand that offers free childcare to its workers in India. The piece is hand-dyed and woven on an ancient hand loom.
Wear with: black flat sandals and thin, delicate gold-tone bangles.
This breezy blouse is made from 100% recycled fibres and cut and sewn in the garment district of New York. Originally known for their vegan coats, VAUTE is now the go-to brand for vegan apparel of any kind, so make sure you click onto their site for designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart’s playful, easy-to-wear aesthetic.
Wear with: denim shorts or a high-waisted mini skirt.
Why settle for one statement piece when you can have two? Californian brand Harper + Lange captures the essence of the carefree boho style you want to incorporate into your festival look in most of their designs – but especially in this printed two-piece. Why we love them: they’re a proudly 100% vegan brand.
Wear with: block heel boots and a choker or dangle necklace.
Support women-owned businesses by choosing this relaxed yet sophisticated piece by Rujuta Sheth, a NYC label offering fair-trade garments and developing artisan businesses in India.
Wear with: a simple, sleek black or white top, and platform sandals
Prepare to be stopped and asked where your bag is from several times: this mini accessory from Stella McCartney packs maximum impact. Not only is it made from faux leather as all of Stella’s accessories – the lining is made with recycled plastic bottles.
Wear with: fringed jeans, a white tee and statement sandals.
Crafted from organic cotton, the Wata (which means cotton in Japanese) has a sole made of wild rubber from the Amazonian rainforest. This unisex trainer is the ultimate blend of comfort and style.
Wear with: a denim dress.
To make this lightweight georgette dress, only 195 gallons of water were needed, as opposed to the industry standard of 230 gallons. Equally impressive is the fact that it released only 10 pounds of carbon dioxide, as compared to industry standard of 23. Find more about Reformation’s RefScale system here.
Wear with: chunky boots.
This chunky buckle sandal was hand-crafted in Portugal and is made from PVC-free vegan leather and cotton. Breathable and easy to match, the Sara will quickly become your favourite summer shoe.
Wear with: a relaxed sleeveless dress.
Compiled by Fashion Stylist Marina Colerato and Founding Editor Sascha Camilli
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