Isle of Wight Festival 2021 what to wear and where to shop

The Isle of Wight Festival returns this weekend, after a year off due to Covid-19, and tens of thousands of music lovers are set to descend on Seaclose Park for a line-up featuring Duran Duran, Tom Jones, Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, David Guetta, Sam Fender and many more.

The weather seems to be changeable, but hot and mostly dry.

The theme is peace, love and understanding, channeling “the harmonious vibes of the 1970 festival,” according to the event’s website.

We are invited to dress in our best colorful rainbow and if you really embrace the theme of dress up, show it off at Strawberry Fields on Saturday at 2pm as part of the Best Dressed contest.

The winner will win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and a champagne picnic!

So what to wear? Here’s our guide on how to rock the 1970s look!

Where to go shopping?

Loot the attic (or the back of the wardrobe) or check out the following to find the fashions for the festival.

An eclectic treasure of vintage fashion hangs from the tracks of the Velvet Pig in Union Street, Ryde. Enter if arriving by Wightlink Fastcat at Ryde Pier or by hovercraft at Southsea.

Find swish festival style fashion at Dragonfly in St James’ Street, Newport.

For a sleek, modern take (and a rock and roll approach), Skin Trade in St Thomas’s Square in Newport offers plenty of choice (as well as selling wellie boots).

Take a walk? Ventnor is an elegant destination for bohemian fashion.

Or, why not try out the pre-loved look of the island’s charity shops. You will find (at least) one that suits you in every city!

It’s the 70’s, man!

Recalling the 70s and hippie culture, the trendy festival goer will adopt flares, crochet and psychedelic prints.

Also keep the weather in mind as some festival basics (like rubber boots) can be very necessary!


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This summer, crochet and macrame styles have been hugely popular, both on the High Street and fashion catwalks, and it looks like they’re here to stay.

Vests, dresses, skirts and even crochet accessories, such as bags and bandanas, will be a hit.

It’s not too late to make your own, while you wait for the Isle of Wight ferry! Crochet is no longer just a hobby… it’s the trend of the moment!


Bring some vibrancy with you by wearing bold and bright prints.

Hippie-inspired designs like tie-dye and psychedelic are huge right now.

For something more subtle, try cashmere.

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Bootcut is back and the ’70s staple fits perfectly into the theme!

Get ready for flare pants all over.

Bootcut jeans and wide pants will give you a hippie look while keeping you a little warmer in September weather.


Bohemian style is always on trend when it comes to festival fashion!

Think light, flowing fabrics in soft colors, with vivid embroidery.

Look for peasant-style tops, embroidered jackets and accessories.

Dress for the weather

Good sunny weather is never guaranteed (scroll up for a link to the weather forecast).

Keep your boots and raincoats on standby, you might need them!

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