Festival Fashion Fix – bags to carry your essentials this summer

Music and fashion are tight siblings, complimentary as tea and biscuits (statesiders read oreos and milk), Easter and eggs, movies and popcorn. Need I go on? And when you are outside, dancing just like you don’t care, you want your hands free, to put them in the air.

So what to wear at the many festivals? Well the look that has been around for a couple of decades; denim cut off shorts, floaty tops with a flowers in your hair or somewhere. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t attending a classic festival (say Glasto or Latitude) going urban, say Lovebox or indulging in countryside fantasy at Wilderness – there is a well established boho hippie-chick look.

What to carry your essentials in though has been less defined. Well never fear, the Bagwhispers is here with your festival fix for carrying your bits – the bags that are big enough to hold the items you just don’t want to leave back in the tent/van/teepee* (delete as appropriate) but at the same time won’t ruin those festival instgram music/fashion moments.

In short, the best options are:

  • Crossbody – but with a statement shape
  • Backpack – mini size – leave the adidas gym bag in the tent
  • and the Belt bag – oh yes, a modern take on the bum bag or fanny pack is back!

The bags that have made the shortlist are those that won’t cut into your flesh half way through the day – I’ve avoided those that are heavy even when empty; if they have a chain strap they have to have a fabric section that goes over the shoulder. Yep, I’ve tried to consider all angles here – look, comfort and of course budget – there are the best buys plus the designer options.

So let’s go…here’s your top 10 rundown of the bags for the festival this summer:

In at number 10: Mini backpack from Fiorelli complete with whistle (for old school party animal) in this season’s pastel pink. Find at House of Fraser for £39 – bargain!

Festival Fashion - the bags to carry

Number 9: From Zara a bamboo half circle backpack. Keeping it natural and neutral, best worn against a bright top. This handmade semi circle shaped bag is £89.99.

Festival Fashion Fix - bags to carry your essentials

Number 8: From Manu Atelier, available in pillar box red or pastel colours – the two colour palettes of the season (primary and pastels). The mini suede is at Browns for £380.

Festival Fashion Fix - bags to carry your essentials

In at number 7: the first of the belt bags. From Zara this braided belt bag with metal embellishments will keep your hands free to wave in the air. New in at £29.99.

Festival Fashion Fix - bags to carry your essentials

Number 6: For the designer label fans go Gucci. Keeping it classic with tan neutral with the iconic green and red stripes. Find this belt bag at Browns Fashion for £880.

Festival Fashion Fix - bags to carry the essentials

Number 5, the half way point we welcome crossbody bags. From Zara, studded suede bag – this summer is about metal embellishments! At £29.99, with chain and fabric strap!

Festival Fashion Fix - the bags to carry your essentials

At number 4: from budget to designer buy – from Chloe. Pretty in pink and keeping it mini, here’s to the Pixie. Again fabric shoulder strap. Find online at Browns for £705.

Fashion Festival Fix - the bags to carry your essentials

In at number 3 is a best buy from Mango. Keeping it neutral but stand out with the circular shape, this bamboo number is irresistible. The handmade coffer bag is £69.99.

Festival Fashion Fix - the bags to carry your essentials

At number 2 is a favourite crossbody that never fails to catch the eye. From Off-White, this blue mini clip bag is available in more colours but love the blue at £510.

Festival Fashion Fix - the bag to carry your essentials
And here it is, top of the chart at number one, it’s a crossbody, that oozes nostalgic festival shape with a wide modern strap. Say hello to Marc Jacobs snapshot bag. Available in many colour ways but this says contemporary summer at Harvey Nichols, available at £270.

Festival Fashion Fix - the bags to carry your essentials

If you have a festival favourite bag please do share and provide the deets in the comment box below. If you are staying away from this summer’s festivals but will be lounging on a beach, check out the beach bags that will catch eyes whilst walking along the promenade.

Keep up to date on the bags spotted out and about by popping by on any of the channels listed here:

Happy dancing!

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