Notting Hill carnival is here! A beloved annual London event which has taken place since 1966. For two days in August - Sunday and Bank holiday Monday, people of all different races and cultures come together to celebrate Caribbean culture. This event attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world's largest street festivals, So for those of you who are going, we have put together a guide on how to style your way through Carnival and make your experience fun and fuss free.
WEAR FLAT SHOES
A must! It will be a long day so heels are a no no . Trainers are our shoe of choice at these types of events - notable a stylish pair of Adidas or Converse but it can be anything that makes you feel comfortable and can endure for the whole day .
CARRY A BUM/SHOULDER BAG
Essential and practical - leave your valuables at home and bring the essentials - glitter. lipstick and a few coins to buy food and drink.
WEAR YOUR LINGERIE AS OUTERWEAR
Yaaaasss! This the perfect time to let any inhibitions go and wear your prettiest lingerie as outerwear. Could be your favourite bra, pair of silk shorts, cotton slip or bandeau, whatever you choose - be cute, stylish, bold and show off what your mama gave ya.
BE BRIGHT & BE WILD
Why oh why would you come to the carnival in grey, black or navy blue? It's all about colours baaaby - need to shine and be seen - glittler, sequins and all the colours of the rainbow is the costume of choice, even if you decide to throw on a t-shirt and jeans make sure its bright.
BRING A WHISTLE OR A PLASTIC HORN
People need to know you've arrived at Carnival to "Turn Up " translated means "Get Lit"! Translated means - have lots of fun! Blow that whistle girl!
BRING YOUR SUNGLASSES
The weather forecast for this bank holiday weekend is Sunny so it may get a little bright and not just from the sun, but from the constant smiling and the bright colours - it may dazzle at little, so if your eyes need a little rest - bring sunglasses and yes it's also a very stylish companion.
LEARN THE DUTTY WINE
Ok ladies, you may get accosted from some "friendly" carnival goers who will want to dance with you and start rubbing against you like a dog on heat - don't worry and don't panic. If it's not for you - just politely decline the offer and walk away, however if you're a little crazy (like us) you will join in what we call the "dutty wine or "dancehall" moves - translated as "dirty dancing" a mix of reggae tunes with sexy dance moves and is a huge part of Caribbean culture. Artists such as Rhianna have introduced this culture to the mainstream but if you are still a little unsure what it's all about check out Rhianna "Work" video below. it will give you some lovely examples of these "infamous" moves.
GRENFELL DISASTER - an important sidenote
With the disaster that occurred at the Grenfell tower, in the borough where Carnival held, it was debated as to whether the event should take place this year. People overwhelming voted in favour for it to go ahead and we're glad they did. With so much sadness and uncertainty in the air, the world needs to come together to spread love and joy. So If you do decide to go to Carnival this year, just for a moment - dance a little harder, blow your whistle a little louder and smile a little wider to honour those affected by the terrible tragedy.