If you didn’t make California last month for Coachella, but have Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Latitude, Wilderness, Reading or Leeds in your festival summer diary, remember, getting your festival bag is probably the second most important thing to sort – after your sleeping plans, of course! What you’re going to use to carry your essentials all day long is the next important item on your to do list.
You’re going to need your bag to go from day to night, I promise. You may think you’ll go back to your tent to freshen up after a day soaking up the festival vibe before going out again to enjoy the night time pursuits, but believe me, unless you’re heading to Wilderness whereby your actively encouraged to whip out your fancy dress for the evening, you won’t want to miss a beat! So what are the bags that are going to transfer you from daytime to all night partying seamlessly, that can offer you fashion and festival function?
Firstly, let’s start with some of the key fashion trends for SS19 that are relevant for festivals:
- Fringes and embellishments – channel your bohemian spirit
- Belt bags – go hands free
- The woven bags – it’s a wicker world
- PVC bags – all is now clear!
Here you go, bargain and designer budget options included. But you’ll note that my options exclude the bags with chain straps. Do not, I repeat do not fall for a bag with 100% chain strap. It doesn’t matter how cute the bag might be, after a couple of hours it will be uncomfortable as!
Now start scrolling to see which one of these 12 bags catches your eye. You don’t even have to leave the house to go shopping (save your feet for the fields) as these can all be secured online – I know you’re welcome!
The fringe embellishment is a trend for SS19 and fringe shoulder bags were spotted in numbers at Coachella in April. Go budget at H&M, the brown suede shoulder bag is £34.99. Or, treat yourself, with adjustable strap and different colour options, the Amazone hobo bag is by Longchamp.
Get your weave on!
Whether it’s bamboo, straw or raffia. Wear as a shoulder bag or crossbody but at a cute size. My budget option is from Mango and is a round bamboo bag at £39.99. If you need to carry a bit more than phone, cash and back up tissues(!) upgrade at Coach, the woven straw crossbody bag is £275.
It’s clear to me!
You need to choose this season’s trend of PVC carefully. If the sun is out at any of these festivals, you don’t want your bag sticking to you! As a budget option, head to ASOS to secure a backpack from the experts Eastpak – the clear Orbit for £55. Or add some Italian style to your outfit with Coccinelle. The Ambrine Crystal comes in pink, blue, white or black. The trim and strap is quality leather. Price £270.
Belt up and dance!
The only time I’ve been caught sporting a ‘bum bag’ or belt bag (as I now prefer to call this waist bag) is at a festival. It’s perfect for dancing and managing portaloos! Combine two trends in one bag with this handmade belt bag from Mango. Price £29.99. Or bust your budget with the iconic Saddle bag from Dior. The belt bag version is £1050.
The belt bag scores top marks as it’s on trend and high on function. If you’re managing to squeeze in two festivals this year, for example, the relaxed atmostphere at Latitude followed by the rock scene at Reading, the belt bag will work both festival vibes. And for those who don’t want any attention around their waist, sling the belt bag over your shoulder. On the left, from Mango this little leather beauty is only £29.99 – bargain! On the right, from Cos this technical crossbody belt bag comes in 3 colours; deep navy (featured here), light khaki or in one of this season’s colours, burnt yellow. Price £45.
Just for fun!
Spending a weekend in a field is all about the good times. So why not put the fun factor into your bag fashion! From Mango, the elephant shaped crossbody bag is £69.99. My designer option for you caught my eye a few months ago and is high on the fun factor. Introducing a favourite of mine, the Rose Camera bag from Kate Spade NY for £295.
So there you have it, 12 fashion forward bags for this year’s festival scene. If you’re lounging at Latitude with Snow Patrol, rocking to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on the Isle of Wight, raising your jazz hands with Ronnie Scott’s band at Wilderness or standing by to lose it with the Foo Fighters at Reading or Leeds, I can guarantee that these bags will help you dance with your arms in the air, like you just don’t care!
Enjoy the summer!
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Photo credit: Thanks to Vogue AU for Coachella 2019 header image.