The best festival wardrobe essentials for women

Melisha Kaur

Festival season is upon us, so now comes the time to update your wardrobe with some funky clobber.

Getting through a few days of unpredictable weather, grooving and schmoozing requires practical dressing, but that needn’t mean compromising on style.

From PrettyLittleThing to Topshop, here’s our edit of breezy yet chic festival clothing.

Top it off

River Island California T Shirt

No festival-goers wardrobe is complete without a white t-shirt and this one will ensure you stand out in the crowd. With a cut that plays well with denim shorts or mini-skirts, its snug jersey material makes for a super-comfy feel. The colourful swinging tassels won’t go amiss either.

£20, River Island, Buy it now

Topshop Floral Gypsy Crop Top

If boho prints are what make you swoon, then here’s a nifty little piece to pair with your wear-anywhere maxi skirt or flared jeans. It features ruffled edges with stretchy elasticated detailing around the shoulders and sleeves. Toughen up the look with an edgy choker.

£16, Topshop, Buy it now

Topshop Hand Crochet Tie Front Bralet

When all else fails, revert to the bralet. A wonderful combination of style and comfort, this colourful crochet design matches perfectly with blue denim. It’s complete with a v-neckline and tie-front detail. Add a long cardi for chilly situations.

£36, Topshop, Buy it now

Motel Tatum Rainbow Bodice

It’s all about the body this season and what better way to spread the love than with this rainbow centric version? Retro colours give it an edge and the low scoop back will show off tanned shoulders. Just throw on with a bit of glitter and you’ll be good to go.

£28, Motel, Buy it now

Short shorts

PrettyLittleThing Black Gingham Frill Detail Shorts

One of this season’s trending prints, gingham is everywhere at the moment. Swap your denim shorts for these ludicrously adorable check-print shorts, finished with a frill hem in a high-waisted silhouette. These will pair easily with a cropped gypsy top or bralet.

£12, PrettyLittleThing, Buy it now

New Look Sequin Short

If you can’t bring yourself to ditch the denim, then switch things up a notch with New Look’s flashy mom shorts. In a classic fit, its mid-stone wash finish is complete with iridescent sequins that everyone will notice.

£29.99, New Look, Buy it now

Cool cover-ups

Hunter Womens Original Festival Raincoat

A Hunter raincoat will keep you high and dry while looking good. This bold design, featuring a semi-sheer finish, zips right up to the chin and offers a regular fit that allows layering underneath. It’s crafted from sturdy polyurethane, so you can expect it to last way beyond the festival season.

£145, ASOS, Buy it now

Miss Selfridge Premium Khaki Embroidered Military Jacket

Add some character to your look with playful embroidery. This khaki jacket from Miss Selfridge will give off some serious military vibes and comes in a relaxed fit to look good over almost everything, from tees to mini dresses.

£95, Miss Selfridge, Buy it now

Best dress

​Motel Lura Slip Dress

With this solar inspired slip, you won’t just be seeing stars on the stage. Simply cut with cut spaghetti straps, team with a leather jacket and smoky eyes for a rocking look that’ll take you from day to night.

£32, Motel, Buy it now

H&M Loves Coachella Mesh dress with a body

Breezy layers will be your best friends on the field. This knee-length mesh dress is made with a jersey body that fastens at the crotch and finished with a lace hem for a touch of sultry. Pair with denim and trainers for a glam grunge vibe.

£12.99, H&M, Buy it now

Mom goals

BDG Cheeky Mom Jeans

Cool and comfy enough to wear all day – what more could you ask for? Cropped just above the ankle with subtle distressed details, this eighties style will work with everything. The frayed hems provide just the right amount of edgy attitude and match well with both trainers and heels.

£55, Urban Outfitters, Buy it now

Get booted up

Topshop Arson Western Ankle Boots

When it comes to grown-up festival dressing, a pair of leather ankle boots is key. These block-heeled beauties, designed with contrasting snakeskin-effect details and a metallic toe cap, come in a versatile nude hue that will keep your look chic.

£45, Topshop, Buy it now

Sneaker lovin’

Converse All Star Hi Trainers in Wild Mango Sunset

We know how tempting it is to pack a pair of easy-wear sandals, but if you want to avoid getting your tootsies trod on and covered in muck, then you ought to forget the flimsy footwear and put your trust in a pair of All Stars. These multi-coloured hi-tops are giving up all the unicorn feels.

£54.99, Office, Buy it now

Give it some welly

Hunter Original Short Gloss Wellington Boots

Hunter is known for keeping Britons dry and comfortably stylish and this welly boot ticks both boxes. In a short version of the iconic Tall Wellington Boot, it is made up of 28 parts for extreme durability and pairs well with just about anything. There are plenty of glossy colours to choose from too.

£95, Hunter Boots, Buy it now

Bag it

Skinnydip Mini Laureli Raffia Cross Body Bag

An essential for any festival, a cross body bag will keep all your important items (think wallet, phone and wet wipes) in one place while leaving your hands free for dancing and taking plenty of snaps. This adorable option from Skinnydip has a fold-over flap for easy access as well as a removable chain strap.

£34, Skinnydip London, Buy it now

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