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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.

black and white 90s GIF

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

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Pretty Little Thing have worked with some of the coolest gals around, and now it's Hailey Baldwin's time to shine.

Resident 'It Girl' and fiancé of none other than Bieber himself, Hailey is one of the most sought after supermodels in town.

Who better to show off the gorgeous new Christmas campaign? We are SHOOKETH. The diamonds, the glitter, the sequins…we're already lusting over them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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CEO of the company, Umar Kamani, has revealed how delighted he is with having Hailey as the new face, and we don't blame him:

“We are so excited to be working with Hailey on our Christmas campaign. After such a successful year for the brand there wasn’t anyone else better suited to see our 2018 out with a bang. I have huge admiration for Hailey and her career as one of the most successful models in the industry."

"She has been such a pleasure to work with as the face of this collection and I can’t wait for you all to see this campaign when it launches early next week"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The campaign revolves around party season, featuring pieces dripping in diamantes for a dress code that's ultra glamorous. Get ready to unleash some heavy metal with crystal-embellished gowns and hardcore party dresses, we actually CANNOT WAIT.

If diamonds are forever ladies, these clothes will never be leaving your wardrobe. You'll be the first one spotted on the dancefloor with all of these glittery, shiny pieces that were made purely to stand out.

The collection features indulgent oversized blazer dresses, risky cut out minis and exploding sequin maxis, not to mention a dress for every Christmas party. Figure hugging jumpsuits, cycling shorts and crop tops also feature as part of the statement campaign.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The collection will be available in UK sizes 6-26, so it's got something for everyone. Get your eyes on the prize, huns.

The Biebs also made sure to leave a sneaky Instagram comment on Baldwin's post: 'Holy crap this is hot'. He's not wrong…

When this drops next Wednesday, you'll have to be prepared to grab it before it's gone. No doubt every gal in the universe will be drooling over the sequins, us included.

PrettyLittleThing starring Hailey Baldwin will launch exclusively on www.PrettyLittleThing.com on Tuesday 6th November.

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If you're looking to stock up on statement pieces this autumn, then River Island is full of your must-haves.

With fur and sparkles galore, RI has exactly what you need to work that cocktail party, day-to-night, boss lady look. 

But just don't take my word for it. Let's have a look at how you can build your very own River Island staple wardrobe. 

 First you get the fur, then you get the money…

Just kidding, but in all seriousness, River Island is a fluffy haven this winter. We're loving this brown leather trench with the fur collar, layer it up with a plaid skirt or over a print dress and you're ready to rock the high street. 

Need more bulk to fend off that wintery weather? I know it seems like ages away but you'll thank us later with his white leopard print fur coat. 

Or if you're more into a grizzly than a polar bear this teddy bear coat is right up your alley.

Team it with a pair of white chunky healed boots and a Baker Boy cap for a medley of 90s and 60s vibes.  

Oh and did we mention that oversized furry bags are a thing? In love isn't the word. 

What winter wardrobe would be complete without a cosy chunky knit?

We adore this muted toned polo neck, worn loose for maximum comfort. 

Go slouchy with a pair of skinnies or dress it up with this delectable plum leather skirt. 

Tis the season to sparkle and shine- and these party pieces are guaranteed to steal  the spot light. 

Are you more cutesy in oversized baby pink and blue sequins or sultry and mysterious in black and gold polka dots?

 Animal prints are everywhere for autumn, even in our two piece suits!

Be the queen of the jungle AND the cocktail party with this fushia sequined suit.

The best part? Use them as separates with either block colours or go bold with clashing prints and textures.

Of course no River Island mooch would be complete without an accessories haul dahling.

Go chic and classy with these elegant pearl and gold drop earrings or bold and show-stopping with massive costume earrings (pictured below). 

Also we NEED these heels! Who ever said that tartan was just for skirts? Eh, not us, we'll take two please. 

Have a gawk at the rest of the collection on the SHEmazing Instagram story at @shemazingie – pieces soon landing in a River Island store near you! 

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Ever since her appearance in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video, it’s been well-established that Emily Ratajkowski is pretty much the epitome of body goals.

And while the 25-year-old model wouldn’t be known for covering up, her latest ensemble really did leave little to the imagination.

Appearing at the Harper’s Bazaar New York Fashion Week party in The Plaza Hotel last night, the Californian actress was pictured working one of the most plunging dresses we’ve ever seen.

The fitted black sequined midi highlighted Emily’s curvaceous frame, while sizable nude-coloured mesh panels offered the star some protection against the risk of total upper-body exposure.

While the Gone Girl star seems to have gotten through the night without any major wardrobe malfunctions, with this dress not everyone would be so lucky.

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The Christmas season definitely gives us an excuse to go over the top with our party outfits. Because if you can't do it at Christmas then when can you do it? 

We love a bit of festive sparkle but there is definitely a fine line between festive fierce and festive fail. 

So let the celebs show you how to sparkle in the style stakes. 

1) The showstopper

If you go for a show stopping sequin piece like KStew, it goes without saying that you can keep the accessories muted. Pair with a simple pair of platforms or court shoes in fabrics that are not too shiny. 

2) The perfect sequin dress

It's out there! So hunt it down. Not all sequin dresses are skin tight and gold, there's a huge variety of patterns and colours to enjoy. 

3) Dress it down

Make like Millie and pair a slinky sequin number with boots for an essence of casual cool. 

4) Be on the nose 

Who said you can't to wear red, gold or green sequins at Christmas. Do it right and we promise you won't look like a festive ornament. 

5) Think outside the box 

Don't shy away from a eclectic sequined style, because the quirkier the better we say! 

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If you're planning your party outfits already, you have no doubt come across the sparkles and sequins dilemma. 

Yes, they look great (especially for Christmas time), but there's a fine line between looking chic and looking like you crawled out of a 7-year-old's wardrobes. 

So, to avoid any style disasters, follow this handy guide to grown-up sparkles:

1. Go for sophisticated styles

It's not all about the sparkle here, and one way to really avoid looking childish is to don an unusual and sophisticated outfit.

Tap into different decades, like Fei Fei Sun did here wearing Michael Kors. The Forties-meets-Eighties dress is a PERFECT base to show off gold sequins. 

 

2. If unsure, wear on just ONE piece of clothing

Yes, we can all doubt our outfit choices sometimes, and they best way to be confident (in this regard) is to stick with something low-key. Agyness Deyn displayed this perfectly by only wearing sequins on the arms of her jacket/dress. 

It's chic enough to stand out from the crowd, but also paired-back enough to be comfortable.  

 

3. Opt for vertical lines

If you really want to show off your figure, go for sequins that fall in a vertical line rather than horizontal as it will give you a more slimline shape.

As seen on Kate, the dress flatters her in all the right places and the light catches off the sequins for a really elegant look.

 

4. How to make it sexy

If you want a more glamorous, sexy look, the mini is the way to go. As seen on this Michael Kors (he really has a thing for sparkle this season) dress, the shorter the better.

A slouchy fit and not showing too much skin up top is a great way to add just the right amount of hotness to your outfit. Showing too much skin could be a little OTT. 

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There really is nothing better than looking back at old pictures of celebrities in VERY cringe-worthy outfits (we won't mention our own mistakes).

From tiny bags, to sequin crop tops; sit back, relax and enjoy these 1999 flashbacks:

Britney Spears

Britney's sequin snakeskin flared trousers were perfectly on trend back then. We won't even mention the bronze cropped jacket though.

 

Christina Aguilera

Christina's outfit was on point with her maxi skirt and glitter slogan tee.

 

Destiny's Child

Crop tops were a major deal back in 1999. So were matching outfits.

 

Mandy Moore

Mandy took maxi skirts and tartan to a whole (very pink) new level.

 

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Because showing off some leg was very risqué back then.

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar

All-over orange was a big trend, as were all-over sequins. We can only hope it never comes back in though.

 

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa clearly love her tiny bag; we're not too sure about the rest though.

 

Jennifer Lopez

Hands up who else had a sleek pair of pedal pushers? Fine, we'll admit to it.

 

Liz Hurley

Forgetting her bright pink leather co-ord for a second – can we just LOOK at her clear perspex heels?!

 

Cameron Diaz

Dresses paired with trousers and kitten heels were so in – NOT. We're sure Ms Diaz is looking back in fashion shame.

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New Year's Eve is the one night of the year where sequins and glitter are pretty much considered an essential!

You don't need to go full-on glitter queen, but a few touches here and there will instantly add some festive magic to your look.

Here are a few of our favourite New Year's-inspired pieces from the high street…

1. Pastel perfect
This gorgeous creamy pink metallic skater dress has just the right amount of shine and sparkle for December 31st, but it's relaxed enough to see you through the rest of the year, too.

Metallic Skater dress, €25.45, Forever 21

2. Mirror mirror
Shine like a firework with this stunning bronze and silver sequin dress. Tone down the rest of your look with minimal jewellery!

Two-tone Sequin Bodycon Dress, €86, Topshop

3. Crop it out
If you're not in the mood for a party dress, go for a sophisticated matching skirt and crop top set like this one from RIver Island… with a touch of sparkle, just because!

 

Black Sparkle Crop Top (€30) and Black Sparkle Pencil Skirt (€40), River Island

4. Sheer class
We're in love with the intricate design detailing on this sheer mesh dress. Perfect for ringing in the New Year in style!

Goldie All Over Lace Bodycon Dress, €78.57, ASOS

5. Golden girl
This dusky metallic clutch is the perfect way to add just a hink of sparkle to your look without going overboard!

Twist Lock Envelope Clutch, €33, Warehouse

6. Beaded babe
If you're not in the mood for sequins, a beaded print clutch makes an equally bold statement.

Monochrome and Neon Green Beaded Ethnic Print Clutch, €24.99, New Look

7. Toe the line
We're dying to get our hands on these nude heels with gold detailing – perfect for hitting the dancefloor to ring in 2015!

Nude and Gold Platform Heel, €39.99, Korky’s

8. Bling bling
Just look at those stones! If you're budget won't quite stretch to the real deal, these cheap and cheerful earrings from H&M will do the job nicely!

Sparkly stone earrings, €6.99, H&M

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