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A Look into my festival bag with Jen Little Bird

Posted by Tanya Kalyan Online fashion assistant

27th Jun 2012

A little bird told me title

 Whilst at  Isle of Wight  Belle and I headed over to meet former Oxfam blogger and our IOW style competition winner Jen Holmes to have a sneaky look into her tent, talk surviving the quagmire, and what we should be packing into our festival bags this year.

After a treacherous trek through the wetlands of Green 4 and White 6 we spotted Jen rocking one of the most colourful outfits we saw all weekend, her dress was vintage and her headscarf was bought from the Oxfam festival shop! (Kudos for being both practical and cute) 

Jen's festival bag was bought for £7 from a charity shop near her home town. We think the Betty Boop design was probably made in the 80s (like lots of good things!). These sorts of tapestry bags are perfect for festivals, as they are sturdy and can hold a lot of things without breaking. Great for a gal like myself who likes to take everything but the kitchen sink away with her on holiday.

Jen's first festival essential was a pair of vintage Levis 501s, bought from a charity shop and cut into shorts. Denim shorts have been a festival must have for a long time. From teeny tiny hot pants to high-waisted cut-offs there is a style to suit all.

clockwise from the right: Levis, hot pants rolled-up shorts    distressed shorts

Jen had bought this brown and orange hand-knitted jumper in the Oxfam Festival shop earlier in the day. Perfect for chilly days whilst watching your favourite bands, or cold nights by the camp fire.

clockwise from the right: blue patterned jumper St Michael christmas jumper, multi-coloured jumperfloral jumpercream knitted jumper


Jen's last three festival essentials were hats (to cover up that unkempt hair). A good bag - one which has space a wallet and spare tissues, whilst also being discreet enough to not get in the way of you pulling your best  shapes in the dance tent. And finally, printed t-shirts. Versatile and comfy - Jen picked up her NYPD charity shop tee for just £2! Bargain.


If you are looking to complete your festival wardrobe this summer why not check out our online shop  or visit us at your local Oxfam, we'd love to know what items you'll be taking with you this summer, leave us a comment below and tell us about your festival essentials.

Blog post written by Tanya Kalyan

Online fashion assistant

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