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Right, I’ve got a confession to make: I know absolutely nothing about fashion. Honestly I am absolutely useless at putting outfits together, I don’t know what suits my shape, what colours suit my skin tone and I haven’t got a clue about layering. So there you have it, I am the first ever ‘clueless-about-fashion-fashion-blogger’. I’ve struggled with this problem for most of my life, that is, until recently when I discovered one piece of clothing that would conquer all. The jumpsuit. I bloody love a jumpsuit. No need to worry about what style of jeans goes with what colour t-shirt, or whether I can wear a skirt with a crop top, or is that too much skin? or is a t-shirt and jeans not enough skin?! ARGH. The stress is real. That’s why a jumpsuit is my ideal piece of clothing. Just whack it on and the job’s done. An outfit is created in one. Plus can we talk about the fact that NO BRA IS NEEDED. They’re loose, comfy and they look cool. Here are some of my faves at the moment.

The festival jumpsuit

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This is my favourite thing at the moment. Funky and floral with a 70s edge and a lace-up back, this is my dream jumpsuit. I wore it to Field Day festival last weekend and a woman complimented me on it so. You can buy it HERE from Topshop for £49. 

The day jumpsuit

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When this jumpsuit arrived through the post, I nearly wet myself with excitement. I couldn’t quite tell what the fabric was like from the website, but it’s a gorgeously soft denim cotton. The fit is perfect, although do double check because American sizing is WEIRD. I bought it from Revolve Clothing for £73.40 (also careful with extra tax they add on!). You can buy it here

The dressy jumpsuit

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It was my sister’s 21st birthday recently and I really got it into my head that I wanted to wear a white jumpsuit (we don’t coordinate our outfits, nope, not at all). The problem with white is, you can see every bloody mole and hair follicle through it. Also I have a thing about tacky white fabric. No cheap white jumpsuits in this house thank youuuuu. I got this beauty from Mango for £35.99 and I absolutely love it. It’s such a nice alternative to a lace dress or suchlike because it’s all romantic and pretty AND backless (sorry didn’t think to get a photo). If you think you can handle the lace running up your cleavage and down your thighs then DO IT. You can buy it from Mango here

p.s. if you’re not brave enough to wear it braless, invest in what I call an ‘Alien Bra’. If you wear a lot of backless clothes, it’ll be the best thing you ever buy. Alien Bras can be bought for around a tenner from Amazon. Buy one here

I have about a million more, it was tricky to pick even a few, but if, like me, you are fashion USELESS then invest, a jumpsuit makes life so much easier (apart from when you’re going for a wee lol). 

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Going to a UK festival can be the equivalent of a cheap holiday for a student. There’s no luggage fees, travel insurance worries, or expensive club entry costs. Instead we spend an absolute fortune trying to make ourselves look casual, vintage and hipster, when all we really do is go onto Topshop’s ‘Festival Style Guide’ and buy up everything. Here’s how to do festival style on a shoestring, whilst creating one-off pieces, with a bit of make do and mend thrown in for fun.  

1. The Denim Dress

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I bought this denim dress in a charity shop for the bargain price of £2.99 and when I bought it, it was floor length, hemmed and dark blue denim. I decided to revamp it, so all I did was scrunch it into a ball and stick it in a bucket of bleach for a couple of hours (mix a couple of cap-fuls of bleach with a few jug-fuls of water and you’re good to go). After an afternoon of bleaching, this was the result! When it was dry I washed it a few times to get rid of the smell, and cut off the bottom hem. Ta da! –  a casual, festival dress that no one else will own!

2. The Patchwork Skirt

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Every fabric shop has books of samples that, if you ask them nicely, they might give to you for free. Somehow I acquired a book of Liberty print samples that my sister made into this beautiful patchwork skirt. All she did was join the sections, elasticate the waist and hem the bottom with a lace trim. If you don’t sew this might be a little bit tricky, but why not learn over the summer? It’s a bit see-through but I love this skirt and I’ve never seen anyone with one like it.

3. The Embroidered Dress

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Ok so I’ve sort of cheated, but don’t under-estimate the power of your Mum. My Mum has kept all her clothes that she used to wear in her prime, but, fortunately for me, she’s not going to wear her velvet shirts, dungarees or embroidered dresses anymore so STEAL THEM. They’re genuinely vintage and they’ve cost you absolutely nothing! My mum gave me this beautiful dress that she picked up along her travels. Teamed with a pair of wellies, this will look wafty and bohemian chic.

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I’m going to have a massive tie-dyeing session this summer and tie-dye EVERYTHING. I made these two t-shirts last year. All you need is any piece of clothing (make sure it’s 100% cotton or it won’t absorb the dye), some elastic bands, and some Dylon fabric dye (about £3 in Tescos/John Lewis). Tie, scunch or twist your t-shirt, making sure to hold it in place with lots of elastic bands, and shove it in your bucket of dye. Leave it for a few hours, rinse under cold water until it runs clean, hang it out to dry and you’ll be looking edgy as in no time. 

If all else fails (and sometimes it will) then my last piece of advice is: Primark it. I bought these two bags (above) from Primark and they have stood me in good stead through many a festival. They’re not one off pieces, but they’re super cheap and it won’t matter if you lose them! 

So there you have it: bleach, tie-dye, recycle and you’ll be looking Coachella-ready in no time. 

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