For many Londoners, the August bank holiday means one thing and one thing only: Notting Hill Carnival. A weekend of festive floats, music, dancing, delicious food and cans of Red Stripe ensue, not to mention some next-level carnival costumes to fall in love with. So, if you’re heading to Ladbroke Grove this weekend and are in need of a little sartorial inspiration, our ASOS Insiders have happily brought all the carnival vibes early.
INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
YOUR NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL OUTFIT INSPIRATION
By Caroline Ferry, 21 August 2018
Snakes and ladders
What is particularly great about Insider Ebony’s getup is that if you’ve got non-carnival plans later that evening, this outfit will carry you right on through. The snake-print trousers are extra enough that the rest of the look should be easy – a cross-body bag is especially useful when trying to negotiate a corn on the cob and a cold drink while dancing.
Warm and fuzzy
If sunshine happens for us this weekend (fingers crossed), let Olive’s sweet separates be your guiding light. Mom-fit Daisy Dukes are the perfect basics to balance a very extra cropped sweater and if the mercury really rises, a logo sports bra underneath will do nicely. Pick chunky dad trainers to bring those 90s elements firmly into the new season.
Insider Astrid’s outfit, if it could speak, would say this: don’t just go to the party, be the party. A rainbow mini dress with retro ring-pull deets is just about the most fun a half-metre of fabric can be. Add sunnies, sneakers and as many delicate necklaces as you can manage to stack on and you’re winning.
Here comes the sun
If sporty streetwear is your vibe – no matter the occasion – Barbara’s fresh carnival look is worth a gander. The festive elements are in there, sure – there’s a whole load of matching bright yellows and some totally tropical nails. But the essence of the look is still sporty-as with a logo-tastic adidas bucket hat, camo running shorts and serious dad trainers.
Some of us can’t remember a time when we didn’t wear floaty dresses every day, and that’s fine too. As ASOS Kicki demonstrates, you can bring your flouncy little number to Notting Hill by adding two small details. First up, a belt bag for all your little bits, second, a big ole pair of platform trainers to show you mean business. Can dance, will dance.