With festival season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your party ‘fits
From floaty dresses to pretty playsuits and everything in-between (including wellies, because it’s the UK after all), here’s our selection of buy-me-now pieces to help you stand out from the crowd.
Take the stress out of outfit planning with an easy-to-wear playsuit. Perfect for baring your legs on a warm day or pairing with wellies if the weather isn’t on your side, the flattering denim design on this option from Very is finished with a smart, pointed collar, metallic buttons and classic contrast stitching.
Nothing says festival season like a hot-pink and purple two-piece. This eye-catching set has clever design features that allow the top and skirt length to be adjusted, so you can tailor it to suit your shape. Creating clothing for the fierce, courageous and inspired women of the world, Coco Studios creates a range of wardrobe staples to more daring, festival-worthy pieces — whether you’re heading to Boardmasters or Glastonbury.
The denim shorts
You wouldn’t go on holiday without packing a bikini, and you shouldn’t go to a festival without packing a pair of denim shorts. A true festival staple, they can be paired with a sheer top for a dressed-up look, a parka when it rains, and, of course, a pair of wellies for that classic Kate-Moss-goes-to-Glastonbury look. Levi’s 501 original shorts are as classic as it gets, with a true-to-size fit and universally flattering blue hue.
The parka jacket
There’s nothing that dampens (quite literally) your festival outfit more than the quintessentially British downpour. A parka is essential for keeping dry, though rest assured, options have evolved since the murky-green styles of the 2000s. This cute design from Free People is made from semi-transparent material, meaning your outfit will be visible come rain or shine. It also sports a cute flower motif and large kanga front pocket, perfect for storing your power bank, lip balm and other festival essentials.
The crochet top
Crochet tops were incredibly popular at this year’s Coachella, seen on the likes of Draya Michele, Madison Beer and Madison Pettis. Steal inspiration from the Coachella queens with this pearl-embellished option from Anthropologie, which is ideal for layering over bikinis, tank tops and even freshly pressed shirts. Team it with cowboy boots and denim shorts for a Pinterest-worthy outfit.
The glitter co-ord
Planning on partying late into the night? This sequin-embellished co-ord will take you from day to disco in style. Turn heads with colourblock sequin detailing throughout, paired with a flared leg for total ABBA vibes. Accessorise with a slouchy leather jacket and platform boots for the ultimate festival ‘fit.
The bucket hat
There’s no denying it — bucket hats are officially back. A revolutionary accessory, once adopted by acid house and Britpop artists (including everyone’s favourite Mancunian brothers), the trend-cycle has officially announced that this humble piece of kit is summer 2023’s festival headwear essential. These days, though, they’re not adorned with football crests or the Stone Roses logo — instead, you’ll find a bucket hat in every colour, from multiple brands, with many types of slogan (this one is definitely our favourite, though).
The leather jacket
There was a heavy emphasis on more casual outfits at this year’s Coachella. Take Hailey Bieber’s low-rise blue jeans and simple white tank top, for example, or Kendall Jenner’s plain white T-shirt, black jeans and cowboy boots. And what better way to master casual, cool-girl festival style than pairing your festival outfit with a slouchy leather jacket? Zara does a great faux leather option, featuring a lapel collar, full-length sleeves, shoulder pads and zip-up fastening.
The bum bag
If you’re planning on dancing until dawn, both comfort and practicality are key. Make sure you have all your favourite festival essentials to hand with the Lulu Lemon Everywhere Belt Bag, a clever piece that’s been specifically designed to fit your keys, phone and wallet. It even comes in a multitude of different colours, so you can match it to your chosen outfit.
Hunter wellington boots have been synonymous with it-girl festival style ever since they were seen on the likes of Glastonbury fashion queens Alexa Chung and Florence Welch. Today, the boots are still symbolic of UK festival culture, and come in a range of styles, sizes and colours. Go classic with the Original Tall Wellington Boot, or try the Women’s Play Short Wellington Boots, available in red, mauve and pink, as well as an abundance of other hues.
The maxi dress
Unfortunately, though we’re blessed with an abundance of incredible artists at festivals throughout the UK, we’re not always blessed with the best weather. When the sun does come out, however, a maxi dress is a great way to stay cool throughout the day but warm enough when evening comes. In a bright magenta colour, and with a fitted bodice, floaty skirt that sits just above the ankles and tie-back detailing, this fail-safe option is both flattering and enjoyable to wear — perfect for pairing with chunky black boots. very.co.uk
The cowboy boots
Another trend straight from Coachella, cowboy boots have been having a moment for the past couple of months, and it doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Whether you opt for a metallic pair or a traditional camel-toned design, they’ll upgrade any festival outfit. Pair with denim shorts, a crochet top and an oversized leather jacket for an effortlessly cool look.
The statement earrings
Finally, finish your festival look with a pair of statement earrings. The perfect replacement for a necklace (which may be irritating if you plan on dancing all day), they can be a great finishing touch. Oliver Bonas creates a range of chunky options that are ideal for both summer and festival season, including these on-trend Vera Mismatch Pineapple drop earrings or these multi-coloured Eliza Starburst hoops.