29 Jul 2010

The Secret Garden Party - festive stylings

Style Cramp was at The Secret Garden Party this weekend and there were more than a few fantastic outfits on show - more than we could ever possibly photograph! SGP is one of those newish breeds of festival where fancy dress is key.

When Style Cramp was a whipper-snapper at hippie fests and later, Reading, festival style was about wearing out your one pair of trousers, maybe changing your knickers once or twice and of course some choice nudity, but these days, things couldn't be more different. At SGP if you weren't dressed up for at least one day, you stood out for all the wrong reasons.

Style Cramp were lucky enough to catch a 'catwalk' show at the village hall stage showcasing some of the best outfits:

Festival fashion is still as much about relaxed styles as it is about fanciful dress-up. It's fine to be a little uncomfortable if you're doing it justice in a huge tin-of-Spam costume, but if you're chilling in your own clothes, you want to make it look like you've made as little effort as possible, while managing to accidentally look super chic and on-trend.

These guys at SGP on Sunday managed it very well. Spot the models!

Style Cramp's take on dress-up glam:


Left - headdress, bespoke, made by Marion at Bitching and Junkfood (www.bitchingandjunkfood.co.uk) / gold crop-top £4.99, Urban Outfitters, sale (www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk) / gold hot-pants £2, vintage wholesaler, Canning Town / sandals £9.99 Urban Outfitters, sale / gold bangles, £1.99 each, charity shop

Right - headdress, as before / dress £25, Rejuvanate in Brixton market, vintage (@spacemkrs) / belt, borrowed, vintage / sandals, as before / gold bangles, as before


headdress, as before / gown, £3, vintage wholesaler, Canning Town

Want more? Here are the rest of the summer's best dress-up festivals:

- Vintage at Goodwood
- Shambala
- Bestival

Want laid back style? Try:

- The Big Chill

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[To read the full Style Cramp review of SGP for Sony Bloggie, go here]