Wednesday, 22 July 2009

FESTIVAL FIVE: Fashion essentials


IT ONLY COMES AROUND ONCE A YEAR SO ONE MUST BE PREPARED FOR BEING SEEN ON THE FESTIVAL SCENE! HERE'S A FEW ESSENTIAL SUGGESTIONS TO GET YOU GOING.

FESTIVE FROCK: May as well and go all out, ladies. August is our excuse each year to be carefree, and what better way to do that than to wander between old and new town venues adorning something fun, frilly, summery, flowery, lacey, vivacious, vibrant, whatever! Cookie on Cockburn Street has more than a fair share of beauties to help you feel extra fab.

COMFY SHOES: It is highly recommended to be a pedestrian come festival time - it saves you much needed pounds you could use for show tickets, you don't get stuck in a conjestion nightmare the tram works are bound to bring this year, you get to soak in all of the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of the festival and, of course, you burn a few calories. But venue hopping takes its toll on our weary feet after a while so be sure to invest in something supportive yet stylish. Goodstead on Rose Street is just the place for hip urban streetwear, and the likes of Van Morrison have even been rumoured to stop in, so legendary celeb-spotting could be a bonus!

A BROLLY: If we are to learn anything at all from last year's rain-soaked festivities, pack the brolly just in case. It can weigh you down, it can even be easily lost but it can also save you from drenching your pretty festival frock and undoing your fab festival hairdo! Try a cute and compact one. H&M has plenty of polka-dotted designs to keep it fun.

A SENSIBLE BAG: Don't kid yourselves with a chic and petite clutch. Flyers will be thrust upon you, as will show programs, and you will inevitably encounter random stalls selling a lot of what you want. You WILL want to carry this issue of Bite around with you and probably various other guides so best to bag it up in something roomy and really adorable! Do what's ethical and check out the unique bags on offer at the many area charity shops.

A GREAT SCARF: Not only does a scarf really add a lot of class and character to just about any attire, it is also just so practical. With a REALLY great scarf, you can tie it around your hair in a 50s-style do during a drizzle or use it as a picnic blanket in the Meadows during a sunny break between shows. Cheap and sweet ones can always be found at festival-handy spots like the vintage haven Rusty Zip on Teviot Place.

Also published in Bite Life Magazine, August 2009

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