By Jennifer Lynn
You’ve bought your denim hotpants, tie-dyed a few t-shirts and looked out those all important Hunter wellies, but there’s still something missing from your festival wardrobe: a headdress. This season’s most important finishing touch was once only the favoured accessory of Native Americans, but now these feathered beauties have become a summer style staple, thanks to the likes of Ke$ha and Vanessa Hudgens rocking them everywhere from the Coachella desert to the red carpet.
Never one to miss a trend, Topshop has one of the best selections of plumage, with prices ranging from around £18-£30. For full-on Pocahontas chic, their tall brown owl feathered headdress (£28) is one to get you noticed by those festival style snappers. With its multi-coloured beaded headband and added diamantes, it girlies up the trend, while the height of the feathers means your tent mates will easily spot you in the crowd- no more spending three hours trying to find them when your phone battery dies and you’ve lost your way back to camp.
For something a little more whimsical, River Island’s beaded headband (£15) with its long chain of dangling feathers looks great on flowing wavy hair and makes the trend more catwalk than costume. The high street favourite are also stocking clip-in feather hair extensions (£7), which are great for a subtle nod to the trend. With a pair of extensions in clashing pink and blue supplied in the pack, the flashes of colour look best clipped under the top layers of your hair, so they’ll only be noticeable when you start head banging to your favourite rockers. For a fuller, funkier look, use at least three sets, or try a hair extension specialist for larger packs with more colour options.
Not a fan of feathers? Think outside the box and indulge in a different element of animalism. Fancy dress meets high fashion with ASOS’ crystal cat ears headband (£12), a super cute gold-tone hair accessory, which screams Katy Perry and is totally on the right side of the kitsch fence. Sticking with the animal ears theme, burlesque dancer Talulah Blue, who you may remember from last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, also has her own line of accessories including gorgeous black lace bunny (£30) and dormouse ears (£27). Both versions are available on Talulah’s ASOS Marketplace store and add a Rihanna-like twist to your standard festival fashion.
The best part of this trend? Your unwashed tresses will still look like your crowning glory come day three of the festival. Just add dry shampoo and everyone will think you sneaked into VIP for a shower between acts!