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Festival fashion is one of the most sought-after gems in the style calendar, but trends have most definitely shifted in 2019 into a more sustainable environment. Rightfully so.

Rather than buying entirely new wardrobes for each music festival attended, the rise of the rental is upon us as well as the overwhelming popularity of vintage clothes.

The billion-dollar festival fashion scene is a whole new ball game since the rise of apps like Instagram, capturing celebrity fashion at Coachella, Reading, Parklife, Electric Picnic and Glastonbury.

A fast fashion extravaganza has been the result, with millions of euros spent on clothing for festival wear each year. The fashion industry is the second-biggest water polluter on earth, after the oil industry.

Outlandish, aesthetically-dramatic outfits which normally wouldn’t be worn are donned, but with the rise of ethical and sustainable fashion, what are this year’s trends?

Vintage styles are setting the trend agenda this festival season, as shown by global fashion search engine Lyst.

The company identified the major trends for festival season by gathering analysis on the shopping behaviours of over five million people based on social media metrics and search data.

It discovered that the 1990s are well and truly the decade to be apart of. Search results for staples from the time such as neon, bucket hats, tie-dye, chunky sports sandals and graphic t-shirts have all increased.

“Sustainability is an issue that more and more customers care about on Lyst,” the organisation’s insights reporter, Morane Le Caer, told The Independent.

1. Biodegradable glitter

Some festivals have already taken action when it comes to the harmful effects of glitter on the environment by pledging to ban glitter from their sites as part of a wider outlaw on single-use plastics.

In case you aren’t aware, glitter contains micro-plastics which take hundreds of years to break down, so can cause a phenomenal amount of damage (despite it’s small size).

However, you simply can’t remove glitter from the festival landscape so a solution has been created; biodegradable glitter.

Penneys P.S…Festival collection, prices from €2.50 upwards

As it turns out, you can be savvy about the environment while dancing the night away in a field simultaneously.

There are a huge amount of fantastic brands emerging which promote sustainability and recyclable materials, but our faves include;

EcoStardust, Dolls Kill ‘Go Get Glitter’, In Your Dreams, Festival Face, Primark P.S…Festival collection, BOD Mermaid Body and Eco Glitter Fun.

2. Tiny ’90s sunglasses

With the coming of summer brings iconic vintage trends, predominantly from the nineties this year. What was one of the greatest aspects of that era? Tiny sunglasses, of course.

Style icons like Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez have caught on to the trend, which was based around cinematic veterans from the 90s sporting small sunnies in films like Notting Hill (Julia Roberts) and supermodels like Kate Moss.

Are you even a fashionista if you aren’t wearing teeny, tiny sunglasses? Probably not. If Kendall Jenner is copying 1999 Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Britney Spears, then you should probably try it too.

You can normally find the best pairs by thrift shopping or visiting places like Dublin Vintage Factory or Nine Crows vintage, but ASOS and ASOS Marketplace also do great coloured oval sunglasses.

3. Sequins

Sequins as a festival trend will most likely never change.

It’s the perfect way to grab the spotlight from the artists and firmly place it on yourself, and it’s distracting in all the best ways if you haven’t washed your hair at Electric Picnic in three days.

Vintage shopping for sequins is one of the most fun activities in the land, and you can find some sparkly gems in most places.

ASOS Marketplace has an extensive selection, and we can’t get enough of the co-ords.

All that glitters may not quite be gold, but they can give you a killer look for the next music festival you attend with your gal-pals.

Fashion will always have an obsession with sparkle, with major couture designers utilising sequins with precision. It trickles down to the festivals, where everyone wants to have the most eye-catching apparel.

4. Attention-grabbing hats

From ’90s bucket hats and cowboy hats to sequinned military-style caps and printed beanies, when you’re having a festival hair day with unwashed tresses; hats will be thy saviour.

Black leather baker boy hats have been spotted on the Nine Crows website, and ASOS Marketplace has an array of velvet and sequinned berets to get your hands on.

Depop is also your best friend when it comes to items like these. The clothes-selling app has millions of users, and is a brilliant place to buy and sell second-hand clothes and vintage goodies.

Somehow, summer always grabs onto the trend of bucket hats every single year. We’ve seen countless boys at Longitude (RIP) sporting branded Kangol bucket hats, but the vintage headgear remain cool.

While fast fashion brands will bring out their own lines of bucket hats and eye-catching caps, there’s nowhere better than vintage stores to get the original ’90s vibe.

Temple Bar has numerous shops to rifle through, but some are better for accessories than others. Online stores like Beyond Retro in the UK have a great collection too, and Depop sellers have gorgeous options.

5. Sportswear (cycling shorts, chunky sandals, windbreakers)

The Kardashians and Kanye West are partially credited with reigniting the luxe sportswear trend, and the nineties ‘athleisure’ fad is officially back.

Sportswear that doubles up as festival wear is definitely on the rise, with cycling shorts and chunky runners seen on high-fashion runways and in high street stores alike.

We’re fairly sure the Tour de France wasn’t intending on beginning a cycling shorts trend, but here we are.

It’s got nothing to do with exercise or physical performance, but everything to do with looking festival fierce in a flash.

Princess Diana’s mid-90s style and Yeezy’s obsession with form-fitting athleisure have both caused an influx in people searching for leggings and patterned cycling shorts online.

Labels like Fendi, Dior, Chanel, Nanushka, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh all showcasing stylised riffs on cycling shorts in their runway collections recently, with the addition of neon to prove peak 90s.

Wear with an oversized blazer and statement belt if your shorts aren’t eye-catching enough at Electric Picnic.

Patterned all-in-one by Tara Khorzad LDN at ASOS Marketplace, €69.55

With vintage and sustainable shopping on the increase, nailing these five festival fashion trends in the 2019 season will be easier, and cheaper, than ever but with a less negative environmental impact.

You don’t need an entirely new wardrobe to slay the styles. It just takes some dedication and creativity, and the knowledge of the best second-hand places to shop.

Do yourself a favour and download Depop while you’re at it. The ’90s will be all over your campsite aesthetic in no time.

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6. Footwear 

Consider the weather and location – this might sound like an obvious one, but it’s also one of the most important. Festivals can be totally different experiences depending on the location and the time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast during the week running up to the festival and be ready to change your festival shoes options at a moment’s notice.

You should also do a bit of research on the type of ground the festival is set on. Fields can get muddy, beaches can get hot and street festivals can be hard on the feet, so you’ll need to adjust your Blundstone shoes choices accordingly.

Most festivals are heavy-going on your footwear, even if the weather is kind, so we recommend choosing something sturdy and strong to take the brunt of the wear. Leather is always a good choice as it’s strong, comfortable and easy to clean, but plastic and rubber are also good choices.

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The first festival of tjhe season is behind us, and while we may still be nursing our hangovers, we're reflecting back on all of the most stylish looks from the Bank Holiday. 

Forbidden Fruit has set a high standard for festival trends going forward – so we collected some of our fave looks for a master post on festival fashion appreciation.

Here are some seriously stylish Irish gals serving looks: 


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Flying the flag for the Irish, our girl Louise Cooney gave a master class in festival style when she hit up the Californian desert for Coachella over the weekend. 

Killer look after killer look, her Instagram feed is basically a treasure trove of style-inspo, with her most recent post featuring a show-stopping dress by Majorelle. 

And with the Irish summer fast approaching, we've browsed the designer's latest collection and uncovered some of the most festival-worthy pieces.

Hey, if it's good enough for Louise…


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Starry Seaside Dress

This white mesh number ticks every festival box. Complete the look with a pair of statement boots – or jazzy wellies, depending on the weather. 


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Memphis Jumpsuit

Nail the denim trend with this western-inspired one piece. 


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Tyson Coat

Did someone say pink fur? Stay toasty on those cool summer nights with this groovy get-up. 


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Mojito Top

Team with vintage denims for those quintessential boho vibes. 


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Margo Top & Hunter Shorts

Stay on top of the style stakes with these cuter than cute co-ords.


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Baby Blue Kent Top

Channel your inner 90s chick with this festival show-stopper.


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Polka-Dot Print Lula Dress

Team with your biggest, most fabulous sunnies for summer feels all round. 


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Capsize Dress

Nothing screams festival style like multi coloured pom-poms – amirite?  


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Festival season is just around the corner, and while festival dressing is all about fun, it's important that your accessories are both stylish and practical. 

While that fringey dress or crochet crop top may look gorgeous, accessories like sturdy sunglasses and sun-shielding hats will be functional while being fashionable. 

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The list of accessory must-haves include: 

  • Sturdy, durable and comfortable sunglasses with UV protection
  • A cute but roomy backpack to carry all your essentials
  • A brimmed hat to shield your face from the sun
  • A festival-worthy belt to tie your whole outfit together
  • Chic, comfortable flat boots
  • A handbag with plenty of room for sunscreen, hand sanitizer and you makeup
  • Light statement earrings that don't weigh down your ears after hours of wear

Swatch The Eyes sunglasses €75.00  

 Parfois fringed handbag €27.99

 PrettyLittleThing belt €16.20

Parfois earrings €6.99

Swatch The Eyes sunglasses €85.00 

 PrettyLittleThing sequin backpack €27.00

 iClothing festival hat €15.00

 Parfois handbag €29.99

Swatch The Eyes sunglasses €85.00

Dresses.ie Western Buckle Ankle Boots €49.00



Longitude is just around the corner, and if you still haven't managed to find the perfect festival fashion piece, then look no further. 

The latest Dresses.ie collection has landed, and the versatile, on-trend pieces are completely gorge. 

From sequin encrusted bodysuits to embroidered denim dresses, we had a sneak peek at the new-season looks this week at their amazing Summer Dresses Party. 

Whether you want to add a pair of gingham trousers to transcend between your work and party wardrobes, or you're after a silky slip dress for a special occasion, there is a little something for everyone. 

Have a look at our top choices from the new collection, all of which are available now on the website. 

 Dress €25.00, Coat €53.00

Paisley Printed Cami Maxi €38.00, Wrap Flute Sleeve Dress €29.00

Laser Cut Out Long Sleeve Blush €28.00, Embroidered Mesh Bardot Dress €42.00 and Gold Satin Off The Shoulder Bardot Top €20.00 

High Waist Skinny Check Jeggings €31.00, Olive Cross Back Satin Cami Top €20.00



Kimonos are a summer staple, with their light, breezy design and bright prints. 

The high street has created a number of striking kimono trophy pieces this season, perfect for sprucing up a dull summer wardrobe.

Celebs like Rihanna, Beyonce, Kendall Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens have all rocked a kimono in recent months, and these pieces are exactly what we need to channel the celeb-favourite look: 

 Milk It Vintage Maxi Festival Kimono €60.81, Zara Contrasting Kimono €79.95, Zara Floral Kimono €59.95

 Topshop embroidered satin kimono €98.00, Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Kimono €94.59

 New Look Floral Kimono €34.99, ASOS Orange Duster Kimono €40.54, Zara Floral Kimono €49.99

Pretty Little Thing Black Tassel Kimono €27.00, New Look Blue Floral Kimono €29.99



Festival fashion is an entire style genre of it's own, hallmarked by clashing textures, hippy vibes and lashings of glitter.

One of the world's biggest festivals, Glastonbury, is well under way, and while revellers battle high temperatures and stormy conditions, they have still managed to upload some snaps of their chic festival style. 

Here are a few of our favourite looks from the UK festival:


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The Kardashian-Jenners have been trialling some very out there trends recently, from corsets over baggy T-shirts to heels with tracksuits.

Model sister Kendall has a unique sense of style of her own, and has been resurrecting one 90s accessory just in time for festival season. 


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Bum bags are a festival staple, and Kendall has been spotted out and about with her vintage-inspired Louise Vuitton version quite a bit lately. 

Whether it's slung across her hips or over her shoulder like a cross body, we're behind this festival chic but oh-so practical trend.

Here are 10 of the best bum bags we're loving, to channel your inner Kendall this festival season:

 Pretty Little Thing sequin bum bag €27.00, Missguided perspex bum bag €18.00

 Park Lane Suede Embroidered Festival Bum Bag€33.78, ASOS Fluro Jacquard Bum Bag €20.27, ASOS Eyelet Bum Bag €24.32

Boohoo elephant bum bag  €16.00, ASOS buckle bum bag €24.32

Topshop blue bum bag €25.00. Topshop sequin bum bag €46.00

ASOS BEACH Weave Pom Coin Bum Bag €33.78



Festival fashion is an entire style genre of it's own, hallmarked by clashing textures, bright braids, sequin accents, and lashings of glitter.

If you've even been to a festival on the Emerald Isle, you'll know that the style stakes are high, and there is nothing we love more at the SHEmazing HQ than seeing how real women style their covetable festival looks.

Proving that they know exactly what they're talking about, here's a hand picked selection of our favourite looks from Instagram from the Saturday of Forbidden Fruit. 


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We know that festival season is an excuse to throw glitter all over everything, but this latest festival fashion innovation is taking the trend to new heights.

We've all had more than a few encounters with roll on body glitter, but the creatives at Go Get Glitter clearly have a talent for working with the sparkly substance.


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The glitter cosmetics brand are pushing the boundaries and introducing innovative ways to wear glitter that we never thought possible.

Introducing, the full on glitter top, which literally looks like the stuff of glitter-lover's dreams.


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The specialist body art gurus are painting the torsos of festival goers this season with lashings of the sparkly stuff to create wearable clothing purely out of glitter.

The tops are our new obsession, with the brand using intricate and amazing nipple covers to maintain the model's modesty if they're not feeling like freeing the nipple. 


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We're itching to try this look out for real, with the high-impact creation turning heads wherever they go, which is clear by their amazing Instagram videos of festival attendees wearing the look out and about.

It may not be a goer for a DIY job, but we'd love to give it a try.

Pass the bucket of glitter, please and thanks. 



Forbidden Fruit is literally this weekend, and we're already dying to shimmy and shake our way into festival season.

Festival fashion is one of the highlights of the music-filled weekend, and Penneys is giving us life when it comes to amazing pieces to create the look.

Check out a few of our faves:

Gingham T-shirt €8.00, Necklace €6.00, Belt €4.00, Skirt €6.00

 Bodysuit €6.00, Floral top €13.00, Fishnet socks €2.00, Crochet dress €12.00

 Backpack €12.00, Crop top €4.50, Boots €11.00, Shorts €15.00

Crop top €4.50, Sunnies €4.00, Choker set €5.00, T-shirt €6.00



Forbidden Fruit is kicking off festival season next weekend, and we're kind of panicking about what we're going to wear.

A quick dash to Penneys could be just the ticket, as the high street bargain brand is currently stocking heaps of festival-friendly finds. 

Check out a few of our faves:

Red ruffle top €11.00, White crochet dress €16.00, Frayed denim shorts €15.00, Duffle backpack €10.00

 Sunglasses €4.00, Patch shorts €13.00, Gold jacket €23.00, Necklace €6.00

 T-Shirt €8.00, Choker €3.00, Bralette €12.00, Backpack €5.00

Bodysuit €13.00, Necklace €3.00, Crochet dress €10.00, Black denim shorts €13.00