Festival Fashion: Rock of Ages
Whatever your style – from Glasto glam to Coachella hippy chic – Bairbre Power has the best festival looks for women from their twenties to their fifties
It's time to reboot your festival wardrobe for a summer of memorable days stretching out before us. Thankfully, the Kate Moss hipster uniform of Hunter boots, low-slung belt and micro shorts is losing its grip on the festival-goer's psyche – can you believe it's eight years since she first rolled out that look on the Glastonbury mudflats?
This year, we're definitely going to see less cloning and more colour ... starting with the must-have floral garland for your hair. Talk about Woodstock melts the rock chick's heart.
Festival boho chic 2013 is less about studding and biker boots, and more about gentle florals and angelic touches.
The vibe is typified by embroidered cowboy ankle boots, cut-off dungarees swaddled in a sea of feathers.
Actress Kate Bosworth became the first commercial festival hit of the season. Her collection for Topshop – rolled out two weeks ago – sold out faster than Burning Man or Glastonbury tickets.
Over at River Island, festival-goers have been chasing down favourites from the high-season drop of Rihanna's SS13 collection.
The biggest sellers were her tie-dye green-and-white jumpsuit (€110); a marble-print parka jacket (€135); an 'overalls' dungarees-style dress (€110) and zip-up-the-back 'knickers' shorts (€50).
The Coachella festival in California in April provided us with rich eye candy for festival layering. Kate Bosworth, Rita Ora, Katy Perry and Jessica Alba rocked quintessential looks, from the white tank and crossbody bag to the modern cowboy with denim jacket and flirty skirts, tie-dyed prints and comfy Converse.
At Coachella, they have the weather – all we can do is have the imagination not to allow the rain dampen our fashion spirit.
For our 'Weekend' festival shoot, we found denim dungaree cut-offs, statement pieces like great ankle boots, colourful sunnies and fringed accessories for women aged in their twenties up to their fifties.
Our twenties girl Lauren got feathered up in style.
Tantalising sheer pieces turned heads at Coachella and I was more than smitten with a cream tulle dress for our 32-year-old model, Joyce.
The River Island piece is magical. It's featherlight, so you can pop it in your bag. It looks totally amazing when you add it over basic core pieces like shorts and bralet top.
When it comes to achieving 10 out of 10 for comfort, the onesie wins out on the couch at home but, for festivals, think loose-fitting jumpsuit that zips open in nano seconds in the Portaloo.
The one I chose for our forties lady, Karen, has a delicious silk feel but it's a not-so-precious poly blend, so you won't have a fit of the guilts – and it won't need to be minded like a child.
Wear with flatforms, like we did here, or with short Hunters (€150 at Brown Thomas) if it gets messy underfoot.
For the festival-goer in her fifties, trying to be too cool for school will be the rock on which you perish. So it's all about keeping it simple and appropriate. The clothes the fiftysomething woman wore back in the 1970s are not going to work for her again years later. Cruel fact, but true.
You might be tempted to go into the attic on a recycling mission to find the 1970s originals, but they are best handed over to the young ones. Or, better again, sell them on eBay and buy something contemporary such as this tone-on-tone look from the Mint Velvet label.
Flexible dressing options are at the core of this label, which you will find at Arnotts and at House of Fraser in Dundrum. Their colours are incredibly subtle. Last year, they did a fabulous dusky apricot, which looked really expensive accessorised with hints of gold.
This toffee-toned leather jacket over a long, sheer tunic with sequinned bib is an ideal blend for luxe casual dressing.
Our model Mairead has a real look of Kris Jenner (the mum in the Kasdashians TV reality show) but she's more fun.
She was the epitome of comfort in her denim skinnies from Zara, worn with Acne leather and suede wedge boots from Fitzpatricks. To say they are like walking on clouds is an understatement, which means Mairead should be dancing well into the night at Electric Picnic.