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Festival-goers with creative outfits.Photo credit: Phoebe Fox
Festival-goers with creative outfits.Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

Festival Fashion: Spotted at Reading 2019.

The music, food and mood of this year’s Reading Festival were comparable to the hundreds running throughout the UK this summer.

If there’s teenagers, sun and alcohol to enjoy- the vibe is guaranteed to be a good one.

But, the one thing that differs at festivals each year is the range of outfits on display.

Each summer, there’s different trends, personas, and celebrity influences on the horizon- and it was up to us to find out what the most popular festival looks of this year were.


Animal print

Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular patterns spotted was animal print: zebra, leopard, snake, tiger- you name it.

This fearsome duo rocked the leopard and zebra prints.


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The festival-goer on the left styled a leopard print strapped midi dress with black trainers, a transparent bum bag, and pink, tinted sunglasses. We love the simplicity, yet effectiveness of this look and her choice of hairstyle (space buns) worked really well with the feline feel of the outfit.

To create this outfit, you might go for this satin cami dress (£6) with this bum bag and these sunglasses.

The festival-goer on the right also combined accessories with animal print to produce a stand out look.

The flare and bralette cord lookded fantastic with the fluffy earrings- we love the way she’s paired the two textures.

To create this look use PrettyLittleThing’s version of the outfit and pair it with these earrings and this bum bag.



One of our favourite accessory looks of the weekend was this trio’s use of fairy lights. By simply layering the lights on top of normal clothes, they created a unique festival look in a matter of seconds.

Image credit: Taz Usher

Like the look of these? You can purchase fairy lights from most high street budget stores, and online.



Perfect for the warm weather, a lot of mesh was also seen in outfits throughout the weekend. Mesh dresses, tops and bottoms can be layered over bralettes and shorts to create flattering, yet not overly-revealing outfits.


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This look incorporates a crop top, black shorts and floral mesh dress. Although the outfit is mainly dark, the floral colours work well with coloured sunglasses to create a stand-out festival look.

Recreate the look using this dress.



Amongst the crowds, we spotted numerous hair styles including those incorporating braids, space buns, scrunchies, and bandanas.

This was one of our favourite styles which the festival-goer had done at the on-site hair braiding stall.

Image credit: Lois Plummer.

We like the use of coloured wool which is a simple, yet effective way of adding colour to an outfit. We also love how neat it looks and the convenience of the style for warm weather.


Bucket hats

If there’d been an accessory-championships over the weekend, bucket hats would have won by a mile.

Reading Festival was evidence of the enormous rise in trend of bucket hats over the past few years.

From plain bucket hats to printed bucket hats layered with accessories, every colour, texture, and slogan was produced in the form of this headwear.

Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

One of our favourites was this pineapple print style which the festival-goer chose to accessorise with a daisy chain head band.


Image credit: Taz Usher

This is another simple way to brighten up a dark outfit or add variety to a block coloured outfit.

Browse a huge range of bucket hats here.



Whilst the weather wasn’t overly accompanying of this piece, flares of different colours and textures were styled by hundreds of guests throughout the weekend.

These floral, velvet flares work really well with a plain black crop top to elevate the trouser’s gorgeous print.


Image credit: Taz Usher

To recreate this look use these flares and this top.


Hawaiian shirts

Despite the mostly teenage attendance of Reading, there was still a sense of parentage in the air with these dad-themed oversized shirts.

Worn with shorts by boys, or over crop tops and shorts/skirts by girls, these Hawaiian print shirts gave the ultimate festival look while screaming fun and summer.

You can find a selection of similar shirts here.

Festival-goers. Photo credit: James Bridle

Festival-goers. Photo credit: James Bridle


Don’t forget, if you’re a student you can use student discounts to purchase clothes and accessories from multiple stores.

These include PrettyLittleThing, Boohoo, ASOS, Nasty Gal, River Island and- exclusive to readers of The Spark- SHEIN where you can get 20% off at the online checkout using code 20TAZ.

About Taz Usher

Print Editor of The Spark Newspaper.

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