festiessentials: summer styles + what to pack

While I was in Toronto (recap here) over the weekend one of my followers on Twitter asked me, “what do I pack for festivals?” and I’ve been working on answering that in this collab with Superdry USA as part of my festiessentials series.

I created a few simple basic looks to build from and give you an idea of staple items to pack and accessorize around that are wearable multiple times or various ways – which should be a critical component of any item you pack that isn’t a MUST WEAR feature piece of your weekend. Obviously some chloe + isabel jewelry inspiration, with some previews of some faves in my boutique. If you’re shopping for any event or piece in particular, feel free to tweet me or send an email to queenscb@gmail.com and we can play stylist and find something just for you!

To be completely honest, in the summer most of the time I’m just wanting to hit a happy medium between function and fashion. Literally cool, but still chic. There’s a zillion combinations to dress up your looks and plan for literal hot and easy looks to keep cool with by mixing up these summer staples. Hope this helps you plan and pack for your adventures! If not a festival, then enjoy some on trend looks and ideas to work into your personal style.

summer fits: pro tips.

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The key to getting a lot of wear out of basic items is clutch details in essential items. Think glam basique. Details in the everyday pieces you wear, like texture in this romper or the work on the boots and in the earrings make a world of difference if you’re wearing otherwise “plain” clothes, and especially if you’re trying to get multiple uses from them.

filigree + pearl chandelier earrings // rose booties // navy romper

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Lowkey and boho but put together. I love the scalloping on that blouse, and the c+i triplet pendants can be worn as singles. I love how sweet crocheted shoes are, and they always make you look nicer than you feel. Just me?

pendants // crochet espadrilles // broderie blouse

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Same romper as the first look. Mix and match elements like natural luxe with neutral brogues for instant casual girly chic.

 paillette two row necklace // tan brogues // white romper

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Classic, cool chic. Versatile shirtdresses are great because they look polished and with no effort on your part. Preppy white kicks are a summer must wear – always. This wrap is beautiful and one of the bestsellers.

wrap bracelet // white kicks // chambray shirtdress

pro tip: functional over fashionable

What did I just say? But really. At the end of the day, I hate myself the most for causing pain where I could have avoided it. Primarily – wearing the wrong shoes.

I prefer boots or booties and sturdy sneaks to stomp around and dance in, especially at festivals. Avoid open toed shoes, sandals, and definitely don’t bring anything you aren’t willing to throw away after… especially if you have to camp. Of course you want to look good, but be smart about the practicality of your festie fits – don’t be THAT girl. Here are some sturdy styles that can keep up with a dancing queen, or more casual styles for the day that are cuter than are a level up from your average sandal but not too much to wear as a daily pair.

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white kicks // tan brogues // rose booties // ivory espadrilles

must have: the trusty rave bag.

 I think that one of THE most essential items that a girl can have is a proper rave bag. This can often double as an essentials purse that can be your carry on (or fit inside a bigger one, if you have an Empowered bag like me – I stick it right in my LV Neverfull) for travel. I covered an essential must-have item for festie babes in this post, and I always love a good crossbody bag. Below are two roomier ones that you can stash your junk – I call mine my Mary Poppins bag because I have a little bit of everything in there to make sure I’m prepared!

I see a ton of cool backpacks at shows and fests, and for girls who like the two strap pack, the funkier the better – and you’ll be easier for everyone to find.
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spotted backpack // neon crossbody // metallic crossbody

desperately need: fringe queen moto jacket

 This screams sassy chic at a festival. Whyyy is it not in my life already?!

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I can’t, I’m so obsessed. Imagine power posing and dancing all night with your hands in the air with this on… An easy one to toss on over basics for the actual act of airporting too. A unique one to justify wearing all the time, which is kind of my thing. I love. Get the jacket here.


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