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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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Feature image: Purple lens sunnies by Vintings at ASOS Marketplace, €11.76

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One of the biggest thrift store events of 2019 is happening on Monday, and you don't want to miss the chance to walk in like Macklemore circa 2012 in faux fur.

Charity shops, flea markets and ethical fashion brands are all the rage right now, with the environment being in an absolute STATE.

The textiles industry is the second biggest polluter of water in the world, and every new piece of clothing that you buy is contributing to the pile of materials in landfill, toxic dye chemicals in the rivers of underdeveloped countries and the workplace abuse of the women who create the garments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dublin vintage shop trailblazers Nine Crows are hosting their debut 'Monday Flea Market' next week, promising pre-loved clothing and accessories abundant.

The event will host 20 amazing independent sellers, including Molly Parsons (Depop legend and 'Molly's Minutes' podcast gal) and RTE 2FM DJ Tara Stewart, who's style is beyond amazing.

It's taking place at the Nine Crows warehouse/thrift store at 12 Pembroke Row, off Baggot Street, from 4pm until 8pm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's a cash-only event so scout out the numerous ATMs before hitting up the thrift shop. Bring your own tote or carrier bag also, as they won't be offering any pesky plastic bags.

Don't miss the first ever 'Monday Flea Market', it's set to be a brilliant initiative. Their debut session will be busy as hell so get down on time to nab the best goodies.

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Just over one month ago, veteran vintage brand Nine Crows launched their very own Thrift Store after the success of their pop-ups, and it's a beautiful sight to behold.

Pre-loved threads, charity shopping and vintage looks have all become the pinnacle of fashion ever since awareness has spread about the textile industry's shocking lack of sustainability.

With fast fashion as big an issue as ever, and tonnes of clothes constantly being sent to landfill, brands like Nine Crows are incredibly important.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nine Crows held warehouse clearance sales throughout the summer, finally opening up the brilliant thrift store on June 8 of this year.

They're a small, independently-owned company who contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, and they're proud of it. Making ethical fashion more accessible and sustainable is their goal, and we love them for it.

Their Nine Crows vintage store is home to special, high-quality and one-of-a-kind pieces, which their buying team sort through tens of thousands of items to find. Locating gems ain't an easy job.

The prices are significantly higher in their vintage store, as the clothing is curated and features rare pieces, but their thrift store is a whole different story.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For their thrift store, Nine Crows choose the type of clothing they want and purchase it in bulk. Second-hand clothes bought in this manner isn't curated, and you as the customer gets to do all the fun rummaging (fummaging?).

It's a mystery, but you find some amazing hidden pieces and reap the rewards with the cheap prices. The Nine Crows Thrift Store is located in their warehouse, off Baggot Street at 12 Pembroke Row.

The shop is open Thursdays to Sundays, from 12pm to 6pm and is WELL worth a sneaky peek. Everything is between €5 and €15, so you can't use prices as an excuse to shop fast fashion brands.

We're sprinting there as we type:

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Nine Crows currently have a competition running which gives you the chance to win a €100 gift voucher for their thrift store, so enter on their Instagram page here.

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Listen up, vintage lovers. 

If you're a fan of updating your wardrobe with pre-loved, one-of-a-kind vintage finds, there is an event on this weekend that you definitely want to know about.

Nine Crows is opening up their Pembroke Row offices on Saturday to host an epic warehouse clearance sale for one day only. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The sale will be chock-a-block with womenswear from Nine Crows and menswear from their brother brand White Noise.

Best off all, every single item will be €15 or less. 

Doors will open at 11am on 12 Pembroke Row, and every item is a one off vintage find. 

Keyhole Sequin Top €42.00, Blue Daisy Dress €32.00, Jewel Toned Silk Bomber Jacket €40.00

The concept of Emma Fraser and Dean Ryan McQuid has been keeping the wardrobes of vintage lovers well stocked for the best part of the noughteens. 

If you cant make it on Saturday, their online store has some amazing pieces, like our top three picks above. 

Happy vintage bargain hunting! 

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Fans of Irish vintage collective Nine Crows will be delighted to hear that the brand will soon be stocked in Topshop. 

The concept of Emma Fraser and Dean Ryan McQuid has been keeping the wardrobes of vintage lovers well stocked for the best part of the noughteens, and now a selection of their pieces can be found at the St Stephen's Green Topshop in Dublin. 

For those seeking a non-digital experience, or who just want to snap up a unique piece while shopping on the general high-street this is big news. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'We are so excited to announce that we are now working with TOPSHOP,' the brand announced on Instagram. 

'We will be kicking off the first of our concessions in Topshop Stephens Green next Monday September 10th, make sure to come visit us.' 

Topshop has previously collaborated with vintage brands to create concessions for their stores. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WEARECOW and Loving Youth have both previously worked with the high street behemoth. 

For fans of the brand who cant make it to Topshop on St Stephens Green, the collective also run a Galway store, as well as a huge online boutique at shopninecrows.com. 

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So, seeing as we're all going to be cooped up indoors for the next 24 hours, it seems only that we use the opportunity to treat ourselves with some well-deserved online purchases. 

To mark the occasion, the good folk over at Nine Crow's have decided to surprise their customers with a little snow day treat, in the form of a massive online sale. 

Stylish shoppers can get 15 per cent off all purchases on www.shopninecrows.com using the discount code SNOWDAY. 

Happy shopping! 

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With Valentine's Day approaching, there are some of us who might be struggling with much more than the concept of not receiving a card this year. 

All around us in our community are people struggling with mental health issues, and sometimes silently. 

Luckily, there are places like Pieta House which work to support these individuals. 

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, iconic vintage store Nine Crows is showing serious love for both Pieta House and the wider community by launching a campaign to combat the sometimes deadly silence and stigma which can surround depression and mental health issues. 

Tomorrow, from 11am onwards, both Nine Crows Galway and Nine Crows Dublin will be hosting an event for vintage fans to come together and chill with a bottle of West Coast Cooler to raise funds for the vital work done by the people at Pieta House.

20pc of all sales made in Nine Crows tomorrow will be donated to the charity, who support people struggling with depression, self harm and suicidal thoughts. 

There will also be donation buckets on hand to lob your change into. 

'We've decided to hold an in-store event in both our Dublin and Galway stores in aid of Pieta House this Valentine’s Day where we can all hang out together and show our love for each other while raising some much needed funds for a cause that has deeply affected our community.'

'Join us for some deadly tunes, super cute selfies at our selfie station and some FREE West Coast Cooler,' reads the event description.'

 Cant make it down to update your vintage collection? You can donate to Pieta House here. 

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We are officially over January, and our dwindling bank balances are part of the problem. 

Most of the sale are over, but one vintage establishment is giving our wardrobe's hope in the gloomiest of months. 

Iconic Dublin vintage store Nine Crows is intent on giving us some vintage additions to our January wardrobes, broke or not. 

 

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The online and brick-and-mortar store is offering customers a whopping 60 per cent off selected stock. 

From vintage 80s sportswear to dainty dresses and durable denims, it's a sale section worth browsing.

All you have to do is fill up your basket and apply the code NY60 to see your owed balance dramatically drop. 

 

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We may have already added a few things to our own online baskets, but we're stuck choosing between one of their legendary deep-V blouses and a Fila windcheater. 

With 60pc off, we'll be getting both. 

You can thank us later.

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Ever wanted a tad more vintage sportswear in your life to spice up your contemporary wardrobe? Then you're in luck. 

Nine Crows is renowned for their eagle-eyed choices when it comes to curating their vintage stock, and now the creators of Nine Crows are bringing a whole new brand to Ireland.

White Noise is dedicated solely to curating a careful capsule collection of vintage and premium men's sportswear. 

Each item is handpicked by the team, and will surely be the answer to every Dublin street style veteran's hunger for vintage and high end sportswear.

The launch has been a full year in the making, with the collection including the likes of Fila, Champion, Nike, and Levi. 

While it may be committed to sourcing men's sportswear, it's guaranteed that Irish women will want in on the action. 

Androgynous, sports grunge styling is a key part of the wardrobes of so many of our sartorial sisters, and now we have the opportunity to adopt the look ourselves. 

 

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Luxury brands carried by White Noise include Burberry, Fendi and Versace.

The site just launched online, and will be constantly updated with vintage finds. 

Our online baskets are already pretty full, so you'll have to beat us to it. 

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Festival season is just around the corner, with Forbidden Fruit kicking off the festivities next month.

There are plenty of festival-worthy pieces on the market right now, from vintage stores and online retailers alike.

Here are a few of our top statement piece picks to see you through the entire festival season. 

Left to right: PrettyLittleThing lace-up top €21.00

PrettyLittleThing metal bralette €21.00

PrettyLittleThing yellow sunglasses €16.20

PrettyLittleThing playsuit €30.80

 Left to right: Nine Crows sports jacket €42.00

Nine Crows kimono set €50.00

Nine Crows shorts €30.00

Nine Crows Dolphins T-shirt €28.00

 Left to right: Missguided feathered top €41.00

Missguided festival shorts €38.00

Missguided crochet dress €48.00

Missguided crochet jumper €34.00

Left to right: ASOS tasseld top €29.73

ASOS festival headband €16.22

ASOS striped backpack €27.03

ASOS floaty festival dress €60.81

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It's officially Saint Patrick's Day, but that doesn't mean we're not still on the look out for some amazing vintage buys. 

Nine Crows is one of Ireland's most well-known vintage stores, with locations in Dublin and Galway. 

To celebrate all things Irish, the vintage veterans are giving customers 20 per cent off in their online store if you use the code STPTRCK. 

 

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We may have to take this opportunity to stock up on some amazing bits ahead of festival season.

From bomber jackets and dungarees to luxe sports wear and accessories, the store has it all. 

 

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We're especially big fans of their iconic deep-V shirts.

We'll take one in every colour (especially green). 

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Move over bomber jackets and embroidered boots, the most sought after style item on the Irish market has to be the Repeal The 8th jumper.

Yup, as Irish people donned the black jumpers and T-shirts en masse to show their support for the cause it became clear that wearing your political beliefs on your sleeve (literally) has never been more stylish.

The jumpers first went on sale in July, as part of a campaign to bring visibility to the issue of abortion rights – still one of Ireland's most controversial conflicts. 

 

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The jumpers, along with T-shirts, were hugely popular and sold out in mere days.

However, if you missed them during the summer there is some good news: the items are now returning… and we can't wait to get out hands on one.

Nine Crows, arguably one of Ireland's top vintage retailers, has teamed up with Repeal The 8th to host a pop-up at both their Dublin and Galway stores.

 

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The events are happening tomorrow, Thursday the November 10, between 6-8pm.

Nine Crows will continue to sell the Repeal merchandise after tomorrow's launch, which includes jumpers, T-shirts and tote bags, along with a few other 'surprises'.

And yes, we're keeping our fingers crossed that one of those surprises is the long awaited Repeal The 8th bomber jacket!

The threads won't be available online, but according to the Repeal Project's Instagram, the online store should be back up and running next month, so even if you can't make it down to Nine Crows you should be able to snap one up very soon. 

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