Every year Glastonbury sets the tone for festival style, and 2013 did not disappoint. Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora and Alexa Chung led the new style tribes in leather jackets, crop tops and seventies style, but it’s their hats that were most exciting. Far quirkier and more covetable than the toppers you’d spot at Ascot or a summer wedding, everything from floral headbands to feather embellishments were spotted in the crowds at Glastonbury. Not just a distraction from unwashed hair, they’re the final detail that can make an ordinary outfit truly festival-ready. So whether you’re heading to The Secret Garden Party, Wireless or V Festival in 2013, these are the headwear trends to take notice of.
The floral headband trend has been brewing for a while, starting its festival circuit at Coachella a few years ago, but it’s still going strong. This year at Glastonbury Millie Mackintosh and Katherine Jenkins were both spotted wearing one, and their choice brightened up shorts worn with Hunter boots – a classic festival look. Probably the easiest headgear to adopt over the summer, a floral halo will lend girlie charm to pretty much anything. You could make your own, but ASOS marketplace has plenty to choose from.
Poppy Delevingne’s feather headdress might sit on the controversial side of the ‘hipster headdress’ debate, but this crown from Littledoe is a more wearable way to work feathers into your look. They’re a tried and tested Glastonbury staple, steadily gaining popularity every year, so why fix what’s not broken? If you’re a festival first-timer, take advantage of this opportunity to wear something that would never make it into your wardrobe at home.
For Glastonbury 2013 Alexa Chung championed a more grown-up style than her denim shorts of festivals past. In a floppy, seventies style hat, she instantly sparked a new wave of festival dressing that will probably reappear at The Secret Garden Party and Latitude this summer, before seeping into Glastonbury 2014. Sienna Miller showed up in a floppy hat too, so get ahead of the trend now with this sculpted teal design from Gladys Tamez Millinery. The stand-out colour flatters all skin tones and –unlike most festival style – will look just as good with a winter coat in January.
Glastonbury – like all festivals – calls for a huge hit of individuality if you’re ever going to stand out from the crowds dressed in cut-off shorts, wayfarers and Hunter boots. Rita Ora’s offstage outfit was almost as attention-grabbing as the scarlet fringed maxi that she performed in, but you don't need a full-on lilac-three piece to stand out: this Maison Michel hood is the perfect dose of originality. The childlike animal ears and starry print will fully indulge the festival atmosphere, and it will even protect you from the rain. It ticks every box.
The Backwards Baseball Cap
The tomboy baseball cap is gaining a celeb-studded following, with Rihanna regularly hiding under hers and Cara Delevingne choosing a printed monochrome version for the first day at Glastonbury. It’s a natural continuation of the sports luxe trend (think Isabel Marant’s wedge sneakers and Kenzo’s sweatshirts) and fits effortlessly with Cara’s quirky sense of cool. A backwards cap is definitely the low maintenance way to do festival headwear, but balance this one from Bank with some statement sunnies – Cara’s bright bug-eyes with a lilac frame are perfect.