If you’re heading to Coachella in a week’s time you may already be dreaming about lying down on the grass while the chords fall from Alex Turner’s guitar frets or the booming voice of Dr Dre washes over you like cashing waves. But before you even get that far there’s a more pressing matter at hand: what to wear.

As Festival season rolls around in the Northen Hemisphere the romance of hippie traditions sweeps the imagination. The restraint of daily dressing falls away, those with confidence prarade it and everyone is a little more wiling to embrace nature regardless of the elements. But it’s all about doing so in style.

After the break a look at how to lose the cliches and instead adapt spring 2012‘s biggest fashion trends for the festival grounds.

The 1970s standards will always have their place in festival fashion’s heart. Denim hotpants, crochet tops and hippie headbands won’t fail, nor will the more recently popular ’90s grunge/rock looks. But the vastness of spring 2012’s trends also allows festival goers to break free of the cliches and do something a little different and more in tune with the season. Here are 5 ideas to try:

Dare in a crop top or boob tube

The crop top is the hit of the season – especially come festival time. For practicality’s sake, and because you can get away with something more daring during summer music festivities, forgo the pencil skirt and instead pair a crop top with a pair of high-waisted pants or shorts.

festival style crop top
Evil Twin ‘Solar Flare’ bustier, available at ASOS.com.

Go smart with shorts

Speaking of shorts, now is the perfect time to give a more refined tailored pair a rock edge. Fabrics beyond denim will stand out far more in the crowd. Delicate silk may be prone to getting ruined so for outdoor festival adventures best stick to more hard-wearing yet still sophisticated cottons, twills, cotton-canvas or jacquard blends.

smart shorts
Tory Birch basketweave cotton shorts, at Net-a-porter.com; Alice by Temperley laser-cut leather shorts, at Net-a-porter.com; Elizabeth and James brushed twill shorts, at Net-a-porter.com; Burberry London jacquard shorts, at Net-a-porter.com; Alice by Temperley embroidered shorts at Net-a-porter.com; high-waist lace shorts at Topshop; floral crochet shorts at Topshop; tropical print shorts at Topshop.

Make denim delectable

If you do want to go for denim, and for an injection of romance and femininity that’s still casual enough to roll around on the grass in, try denim in edible pastel colours like soft pink, peach or lemon. An on-trend spring 2012 colour gives skinny cut jeans or cut-off shorts a new lease on life.

pastel denim
Victoria Beckham powder-pink jeans, at Net-a-porter.com; MinkPink Zappo denim shorts, at ASOS.com; Current/Elliott lemon yellow jeans, at Net-a-poter.com

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

Update a spring 2012 hairstyle by weaving in fresh flowers. Choose styles that are inherently effortless and a little dishevilled so that they only get better as the day wears on. A messily-romantic french twist, a rough-and-tumble tomboy ponytail or a coiled faux fishplait are styles ripe for festival interpretation.

faux fishtail
Just add flowers: the faux fishplait

Swap hippie for sporty

If you want to forgo the hippie influences but still want to let your skin bask in the sun and breeze of being outdoors, try for some slick sporty pieces, made festival-ready with spring layering options or cool accessories like piles of jewellery.

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