7 festival outfit essentials

Whether soaking up the sun at Benicassim or risking the rain at Bestival, nailing your outfit is always one of the biggest priorities when it comes to festival season. From colour-pop shirts to classic denim, let us guide you to the best pieces for looking sharp and staying prepared for muddy fields, erratic weather and the inevitable beer spills.

1. The tropical shirt

A summer staple, the classic floral shirt is an ideal way to add a splash of colour and kickstart those good-time vibes. Although a festival is the perfect scenario for showing off your snazziest threads, a toned-down version like this one from ASOS keeps things a bit more subtle. Layer over a white tee for the perfect sun-ready look.

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2. The versatile jacket

A key challenge for festival fashion is picking those pieces which are practical, stylish, yet appropriate to stuff in a bag. Nobody wants to be struggling with heavy coats and multiple outfits, so invest in a lightweight windbreak for a versatile weather-proof layer which won’t weigh you down. This ASOS jacket comes in an appropriate shade of bottle green to match the surrounding fields.

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3. The denim shorts

If you’re feeling confident of some good weather, it’s definitely worth investing in a pair of stonewash denim shorts - a casual classic which also have the benefit of extra durability. Another versatile style which will work for you from dawn ’till dusk, team these Levi’s cut-offs from UO with a laid-back graphic tee and white tube socks for a streetwear-inspired winner.

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4. The shades

The ultimate item to get you in the summer mood, no festival outfit is complete without a fresh pair of shades. These vintage-inspired frames from UO are a timeless shape and a slick dark tortoiseshell colour - expensive-looking sunnies without breaking the bank…meaning you can keep your designer pair at home away from the thousands of dancing feet.

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5. The field-ready boots

The original and best DM’s - the 1460’s feature the iconic yellow stitching and branded heel loops, whilst being set on those ultra-comfortable air-cushioned soles - perfect for withstanding the muddy fields and chaotic dance floors. Also available in an excellent vegan option, team with slim denim and a relaxed tee for a practical outfit with laid-back cool.

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6. The bag

Another important festival consideration is how to keep your stuff safe - you don’t want to be worrying about your wallet whilst in the middle of your favourite band’s headline set, right? Keep things practical with this waist bag from Nike - durable and adjustable.

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7. The warm weather trainers

Lucky enough to be heading somewhere too hot for boots? Opt for a pair of Vans Old Skool in black - dark enough to hide the dirt, and easy to mix up with any outfit (even the most out-there Hawaiian shirt). Super-comfortable, wear these trainers with no-show socks, mid-wash denim and a plain t-shirt for a surefire festival winner.

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