Topshop’s Urban Traveller collection delivers their annual line in festival wear. It’s all just aching to be worn on a day where it’s not as hot as initially anticipated, with the conviction that it’s totally ok to wear a knitted oatmeal cabel hooded poncho at a festival despite the fact you will probably never wear it again (and are probably wise not to). The collection is a beautiful abuse of texture: a riot of aztec prints, tie dye, fringing, crochet, broderie anglaise, suede, denim, sequins and studs.
Only a few of us can mash up patterns and textures with complete abandon, so in general this collection probably requires careful cherrypicking. This is also a great way to anticipate the summer or make festival looks outlive a few hazy weekends. So put animal print gap yah trousers with block colour tops, heavy fringing with structured denim, or a print tee with plain body con skirts.
This embroidered navaho print vest is my favourite piece in the collection. Its really graphic and modern and the slouchy shape is perfect to be worn over a bikini or slouchy, strappy maxi dress.
This vest top is cooler than cool. The edgy cut and interesting print are balanced out by overall ‘easy to wear’ factor. Wear with a bandeau top underneath or a brightly coloured bra – it’s all about the side boob right now.
This collection is great for picking a few directional items that can be worn with things you already own and will give your wardrobe a little shove in the right direction. However, in my opinion some of the colours in Urban Traveller are a little dull and it could do better by letting in a peek of the block colour sweeping the fashion scene this season. ASOS also does a great festival look full of crop tops, teenie weenie hotpants and unusual headbands. River Island‘s equivalent comes off as a little bland and a bit dated; but has some pretty, hippy pieces.
Whatever you buy, wear with messy hair, little sleep and an appalling hangover.