The summer festival season is almost upon us, which means it’s time to find some decent new threads for when you’re out there, looking effortlessly cool and checking out your favourite artists. To save you the trouble in searching, Topman’s new Santa Fe collection does all the hard work for you.
Inspired by the surf and skate scene on the west coast of America in the 1970s, every piece is both casual and practical at the same time – so you’d be well placed in the midst of a mudfest at Glastonbury or bathing in the sun at Benicassim.
In terms of colour palette, there are plenty of sun-drenched yellows, oranges and greens of the ocean in Topman’s latest collection. Quite surprisingly, bright Hawaiian shirts have made a bit of a comeback, which are never really that easy to pull off without looking like you are an extra in Scarface, or Sir Patrick Moore. However, Topman gives you the option to freshen up this look with some chino shorts and a pair of comfortable espadrilles.
For me, though, it’s all about finding the right kind of tee to show off while out in the sunshine with your favourite alcoholic beverage. Some tees worth mentioning are the Tropical print, an off-white crew neck which is suitably 80s-themed; a blue nautical tee with a collage of images; and the colourful blue or green v-neck t-shirts.
For carrying your festival guide/tickets and other summery items, you wouldn’t go far wrong in choosing the dark grey and off white stars and stripes rucksack. This bag is not only functional and hard wearing, but subtly on trend for those who can’t stand printed clothing.
For those looking to make your festival outfits truly individual, there are a bounty of accessories to wear with your clobber too. Friendship bracelets, beads, straw trilbies and necklaces make an appearance – all of which will help produce that desired laid back festival vibe. Finally, try the Red Clubman or Navy Blue Round sunglasses to complete your ultimate summer look.
The collection retails between £4 – £60 and can be shopped now at Topman.