Summer can only mean one thing: Festival time!
Be it Glasto, Sonar, Sziget, Green Man, Lolla, Roskilde or one of the other myriad epic music weekends the world has to offer, summer festivals are just as much about fashion as music. Launderette has put together the ultimate ‘it’ list for festival-going in sustainable style, so make sure this festival season you are both socially responsible and effortlessly chic. You’re welcome!
#1 – Don’t forget your sunglasses.
Whether the sun is blaring in your eyes while you’re trying to watch The XX (we know you will be, they’re playing everything this year) or whether you need something to help hide the damage you did to yourself in the form of party favours the night before, the perfect pair of sunglasses is key.
Launderette’s go-to pair are are the Rawa sunglasses from Kayu. Made from organically-grown bamboo and handcrafted by indigenous artisans using traditional techniques, the purchase of each pair funds an entire sight-restoring surgery for someone in the developing world. Plus, they’re really well-designed and look great with every outfit.
#2 – Wellies and a raincoat are imperative, especially at English festivals. Think mud.
Christopher Raeburn is hands-down the best in the business when it comes to the must-have raincoat. Utilising re-appropriated military fabrics, he creates anoraks that are not only intelligently designed with meticulous attention to detail but also the perfect hybrid of classic elegance and futuristic edginess.
For wellies, check out Cornwall-based brand, Seasalt. The company does their best to make sure that these wellies are manufactured under ethical conditions in China using natural rubber sourced from Thailand and Malaysia. Most of their clothing is more for the frumpy fam, but these grey wellies are pretty adorable:
#3 – The ultimate festival outfit.
Comfortable enough for days of rolling around in the grass, jumping in crowds of hippies and eating loads of ice cream, of course. It’s also got to be a little bit rock n roll… you know, just in case you meet the sexy guitarist of your favourite band!
SUNO‘s SS10 collection perfectly fits the bill, and this particular look is the epitome of festival chic. It’s colorful, playfully sexy, curiously clashing and wholly made of a lightweight, breathable cotton. Each garment is carefully constructed from textiles from Kenya collected over decades and are artisanally produced in small workshops by local Kenyan craftspeople.
And how genius are the headscarves?! A definite summer staple, especially to stave off those harmful UV rays or to hide your mangy, unwashed quiff.
The SUNO bikini is another must-have. Just think how cute and carefree you’d feel lounging around in this little number:
On that note, a hat is an excellent way to both hide your boozy, matted-down mane and to avoid the sun on those pretty pale cheekbones. Livity Outernational does a great patterned beach hat, which would go beautifully with the clashing prints of your new SUNO dress.
For a less glamourous approach to festival dressing, jean shorts are probably the top summer staple, and Topshop does some made from Fairtrade certified denim. Rock them with this adorable embroidered kimono top from People Tree, and you are ready some front-of-the-crowd action.
The playsuit is another of summer’s festival must-haves, and this one from Emma Watson for People Tree is right on trend with its simple nautical stripe. Paired with the red striped Cordones from TOMS (see below) and Kayu shades, this outfit rocks!
# 4 – Close-toed shoes.
Never wear sandals to festivals. This is for two main reasons: one, your feet will look like dirty hobbit feet within the first 5 minutes; and two, someone will inevitably step on your pinky toe – ouch!
Launderette is in love with TOMS red striped Cordone’s, and with every purchase TOMS gives a pair to a child in need. TOMS partners with local, community based organizations around the world to ensure that the children most in need receive shoes. They also strive to minimise its negative impacts on local shoe manufacturers and tries to avoid creating further social stigmas as a result of donating shoes that do not match local cultural needs or tastes.
# 5 – Don’t forget the other festival essentials.
You can even sleep in sustainable style with Bill Brown‘s socially responsible sleeping bags. Made from 100% organic cotton and using azo-free dyes, respect for the environment and local communities are taken in account at every stage of the production process. All Bill Brown products are manufactured in a factory in Kerala, India, where they prohibit the use of forced or child labour. They also take special measures to protect workers’ rights and to provide ample social benefits and safe working conditions. Even more, they are available in all sorts of pretty patterns.
What better way to drink the day away than in this awesome recycled bottle cooler from Trash Chic. Made from recycled juice cartons, a collective of 300 Fillipino women collect around 50,000 packets a day to manufacture these funky coolers. Have we mentioned it’s the perfect size for keeping a bottle of wine chilled for hours?
Keep the party going for the rest of the night with a wind-up rechargeable lantern from Freeplay Energy. It can give up to 70 hours of light with just 60 seconds of hand winding. Don’t forget the solar-powered charger to recharge both the batteries and your iphone too.