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Where to get outfitted in the best looks for this season's festivals

Here are the Shanghai spots with bold-patterned button-ups, vintage statement accessories, bumbags, bucket hats and more

Photograph: Yang Xiaozhe
Summer might be quickly drawing to a close, but the holiday vibes are still going strong with a whole load of festivals rolling into the region over the coming weeks and months. Split Works' eclectic Concrete & Grass fest returns this weekend, Spring Wave Festival next weekend, and Taiwan's Simple Life is planning an ambitious takeover of Xuhui Riverside for all Golden Week. Plus, after a bumpy ride – with cancellations in both Beijing and Shanghai – it looks like EDM fest Ultra will finally make its Beijing debut this weekend. Then, only slightly further afield, there's Hong Kong's Clockenflap in November (leave yourself an extra day for travel and you might even be able to take the high-speed train there).

But before you start booking your tickets, first things first: here are Shanghai's top shops to put together your perfect festival looks.

Abandon

For bold prints that’ll look great in photos

Recently opened beside Uptown Record’s basement space, Abandon stocks bright vintage pieces sourced mainly from Japan and the United States. Prices start at about 50RMB for bold-patterned button-ups and the store also has a solid choice of accessories like sandals, leather bags and jewellery.

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115 Pingwu Lu

Golden Glory Textile Market

For one-of-a-kind market finds

It seems that wholesale markets like Golden Glory are few and far between in Shanghai these days, and the ones that are around are prime targets for demolition. While this Pudong half-vintage, half-wholesale market is still open for business, find flowy second-hand dresses ideal for when the city feels more like a steam room and bright kimonos from Japan hovering around 100RMB. Golden Glory also stocks wholesale market usual suspects like casual men’s and women’s clothing.

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631 Gaoke Xi Lu

Pawnstar

For statement accessories and vintage sunnies

Find statement accessories like vintage costume jewellery and sunnies at Old Xuhui consignment store Pawnstar, where a wander through the space feels like having free reign on your super stylish grandmother’s closet. With rack upon rack of clothes, shoes and bags from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, gently loved designer goodies are also a speciality here.

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64 64 Fenyang Lu

DOE

For hypebeasts

For a strong streetwear look, pay a visit to the godfathers of Shanghai streetwear DOE. The company’s pared-down Xintiandi shop is part café, part casual boutique. Inside, shelves are lined with t-shirts and windbreakers, bucket hats and bags, as well as the company’s eponymous label (t-shirts start at 369RMB). The space also has a big selection of men’s and women’s sneakers from 699RMB.

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168 Hubin Lu

Culture Matters, Wulumuqi Lu

For perfect dance-in-the-mud shoes

Comfortable and affordable: Feiyues are an obvious Shanghai music festival shoe choice. Stock up on the city’s favourite sneaker last-minute at any brick-and-mortar branch of Culture Matters which carries the classics, seasonal collections and artist collaborations from 95RMB.

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206 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu
Peacebird

Peacebird

For trendy streetwear and last-minute shoppers

Popular youth streetwear brand Peacebird’s collections are largely trend-driven, which means right now you’ll find accessories like bum bags, dresses paired with chunky sneakers and athletic wear nods to the ’90s. The brand has plenty of stores around town, but you’re better off sticking to the official shop on Tmall.

Shop online at pb89.tmall.com.

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Clockenflap 2018

Critics' pick

One of Hong Kong's biggest live music events returns this November with a lineup including Interpol, Caribou, The Vaccines and more

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Central Harbourfront , 9 Lung Wo Road Central and Western District Hong Kong Hong Kong 09 Nov Buy tickets

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