Bestival: What We’re Packing for This UK Festival

This post comes from our UK PR Manager Lisa! Follow along with her on Instagram @freepeopleuk

Next weekend I will be hopping, skipping, jumping to the Isle of Wight, a small island just off England’s southern coast, for a final farewell to both summer and the season’s final festival. Bestival has long been on my festi-wishlist; I have only ever heard good things about it, and especially loved its implementation of a party theme! Needless to say, when I heard that this year’s was marked as the ‘Summer of Love,’ I had to go in celebration of Free People’s essence!

When announcing “Summer of Love,” Bestival summed it up beautifully. “It’s about positivity, peace & love and bananas, not guns. We want all people, all sexes, all ages, all cultures to come together and to share the good times, to celebrate the simple joy of unity, to feel the unparalleled pleasures of dancing shoulder to shoulder with wonderful strangers and loving every second. We want the greatest party of all time”.

I couldn’t be more excited! And to help be inspired for Bestival, in true Summer of Love style, I called upon three of my favourite British boho babes, who live everyday like it’s 1967! These gals ooze the free spirit of this beautiful era, and were happy to offer outfit tips from the FP rails on how to unleash my inner hippie! Keep an eye out for me, as I’ll be snapping all of my favorite festival looks throughout the weekend.

I’ll leave you with Sara, Imogen and Leigh… I’m off to pack!

Keeping in mind the Summer of Love theme, I was drawn to light colours, florals, pinks and creams. I love the beautiful bell sleeves on this vintage-inspired lace dress – so 70s and perfect for twirling and dancing at Bestival.

Get the look: Wolf Moon CrossbodyMontana Wide Brim Hat

Get the look: Twiggy Round Sunglass Electric Orchid Print Swing TunicRolling Stone Fur VestFlying Ranch Ankle Boot

The shaggy waistcoat is super soft and warm, perfect for layering when the weather gets a little cooler. And I love the floatiness and the pale pink colour of the tunic…it’s so comfortable and you can wear it as a mini or tucked into some denim shorts for two different looks.

Check out more of Sara’s boho styling on the blog!


I was instantly drawn to the rich burgundy colour and lace fabric of my dress! Plus, I just can’t resist a big bell sleeve! It’s the perfect floaty mini dress for a 60s-inspired festival look, and can even be given a slightly vampish appearance if, like me, you sometimes lean towards a “gothier” look. The second dress wasn’t what I’d usually go for colour-wise, but I loved its cut and tile-print pattern. Although designed to be worn as a tunic, the length was perfect as a daring mini dress for someone short – ideal for those hot summer festival days (we wish!).

Take a peek at Imogen’s designs and new blog

These flares are the absolute essence of the Summer of Love!  It’s almost believable that they were plucked from someone right out of Woodstock! I couldn’t think of anything to compliment them better than a bit of suede fringing and a romantic, exaggerated sleeve blouse.

Get the look: Lace Up Extreme Sleeve TopBlack Suede VestSacred Valley Blanket Flare

Check out Leigh’s blog and her review of our new King’s Road Shop

Thanks girls!

+What would you wear to Bestival!?

Be sure to follow along with Sara, Imogen and Leigh on Instagram!

Check out the official Bestival website, Instagram and follow the hashtag #Bestival15 for all the photos from the weekend!


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