Fashion — Notting Hill Carnival and Festival Fashion


With festival season well under way; The Friary Guildford is bursting at the seams with bold prints, shimmery metallic and nautical stripes. With a strong ’80s influence and a powerful pop of colour, ruffled shirts and off the shoulder tops will see you through to the end of season. You can’t go wrong with athleisure wear, clashing colours and statement slogans!

The next big events of the summer are fast approaching! With the likes of Notting Hill Carnival and Leeds Festival just around the corner we have taken it upon ourselves to delve through the rails in our fashion forward stores and pick out our favourite pieces for these upcoming events! We hope this article will help inspire your inner fashionista and have you ready to strut straight though those crowds.

Topshop, River Island, Mango and Levi all lead the way when it comes to festival essentials and something they all have in common this season is accessories… and lots of them! Don’t hold back when layering your chains, tassels and sparkles, the more is most definitely the merrier this season. Although jewellery is important when it comes to festival outfits there is no accessory more essential than a pair of sunglasses and here at The Friary Guildford we have plenty for you to choose from!

Let’s start with ombre opaque sunglasses, these are popping up everywhere and we particularly love this pair from Sunglass Hut. Not only does this store have some of the best sunnies around but they also offer a 1 year warranty. Dreamy!

Sunglass Hut – Ray-Ban £161

Sunglass Hut – Ray- Ban £152

Sunglass Hut – Oakley £95

If you are planning on partying the whole weekend then changing up your jewellery and hair accessories is a good way to create a new look, Topshop and Accessorize have an abundance of options! Maybe you are a make up lover? If so, add a bright nail polish and a metallic eye to change up a look instantly!

Topshop – Hair chalk £4.50

Topshop – Sequin Flower Headband £18.50

KIKO – Metallic-finish loose eyeshadow £12.90

KIKO – Quick Dry Nail Lacquer £1

A cross body is the easiest way to keep all your essentials at hand. This pebble chain bag is large enough to store your purse, phone and make up essentials. Alternatively, opt for this metallic gem from Accessorize for more storage.

Mango – Pebbled Chain Bag £35.99

Accessorize – Claudia Holographic Leather Cross Body Bag £29.

That’s enough about accessories, let’s get to the main event – the garms! No festival outfit is complete without some denim, whether ripped, embroidered or plain and simple it’s a festival must have. These 501 shorts from Levis are the perfect base to build your festival look upon.

Levis- 501 Shorts £50

As previously stated metallics are everywhere this season! Shimmer your way through those festival gates in this cute little River Island number.

River Island – Bronze metallic foil T-shirt dress £32.

River Island are bringing their A-game in festival fashion for you guys too! We love this white colour fade t-shirt, match with some jeans or a pair of your fave shorts and you are good to go!

River Island – White colour fade crew cut T-shirt £18.

Whether you’re a shuffler, a dad dancer or a bopper you NEED to be wearing comfy shoes. What could be better than these khaki Nike Air Vibenna Trainers from Sole Trader.

And if the weather takes a turn for the worst then don’t worry, Sole Trader got your back! Wellies we salute you! Check out these boots available in store at Sole Trader:

Men’s Barbour Bede Boots £64.99.

Women’s Hunter Original Tall Classic Boots £84.99

Hunter Original Refined Chelsea Boot £94.99

We hope this helped with any potential wardrobe dilemmas. Now, less ready and more shopping! GO GO GO!


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