Headed to some Irish festivals this year? The maxi dress is going to save your life – we explain how.
Every magazine and fashion blog are offering their festival looks at the moment, with photos of Alexa Chung and Kate Moss in teeny shorts, fringed waistcoats and deep tans.
Note that these celebs aren’t snapped at Irish festivals though. Our rain, mud and unreliable weather means that keeping up with the latest trends without resorting to throwing on a hoodie is a challenge.
For those ladies determined to dress like a Coachella reveler despite the weather, the result is usually a crowd of bare Irish legs with goosebumps and stripy fake tan marks.
Come rain, come night-time chill, your maxi will keep you dry, warm and stylish.
Here are five ways to style it for festivals.
1. Forget the flip flops
To avoid getting your toes coated in mud, pair this South casual maxi dress with flat ankle boots like these ones from Shoe Box. If you’re a fan of wellies at festivals, or the weather forecast looks especially bleak, a pair like these by Ju Ju will strike just the right balance between practical and stylish.
2. Embrace the fringe
Fringe has been everywhere from Coachella to the high fashion runways this year. It adds something just a little bit boho and a little bit rock, making it the perfect festival fit. Throw a fringed leather jacket like this one by Vero Moda, over this monochrome maxi dress by South, to hit two trends at once.
3. Pack leggings for the evening
If you don’t want your legs on show choose a maxi dress without slits, like this gorgeous one from Love Label with mesh panel inserts. Leggings under a dress might not feel very glamorous, but believe us – evenings are chilly, and night time is colder again, especially if you’re spending it at the main stage.
4. Layer from thick to thin
So throw a little cami top under your maxi dress; one with a lace trim will add texture to a bright maxi dress like this racer back pink one.
Throw a jacket over your dress. This Diesel jacket would look equally great over a busy patterned maxi like this palm print Love Label dress, or a more streamlined block-colour number like this South beaded bandeau dress, depending on your style.
5. Knot your maxi
The festival will get more and more mucky as the days progress, so pick a maxi that isn’t so long it will pick up half the field as you walk around.
If you want it long for the next time you wear it, just pick one you can put in a knot in. This column dress by So Fabulous is a perfect example of the shape you can aim for.
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