What to wear for every type of bank holiday you may be having

Orla Pentelow
A stylish Paris Fashion Week show-goer paired her tiered lace dress with an oversized denim jacket - perfect bank holiday dressing - 2019 Edward Berthelot

The much-anticipated three day weekend is almost upon us. And hand-in-hand with the prospect of a Bank Holiday come the dilemmas of dressing for all the different scenarios you have plotted into your diary. 

If you're in need of a dose of inspiration, then the Telegraph Fashion team is here to lend a helping hand. Here's what we'll be wearing for... 

A weekend in the country 

Though the weather is warming up, as a rule of thumb I don't go anywhere without a jacket. So I'll pair this lightweight checkered trench over a more weather appropriate outfit of thin jumper and a corduroy skirt. Leather trainers complete the look, just add a country pub and keep fingers crossed for sunshine. OP

country weekend

Trench coat, £59.99, H&M; Cashmere jumper, £300, Bella Freud; Madewell a-line skirt, £49.99, John Lewis; Veja trainers, £115, Arket.

A London staycation

The bank holiday crept up on me this year and since I completely forgot it was happening, I haven't made any plans. I think I'll use my extra day off to explore London with my sister and visit my favourite place, The Natural History Museum. We'll probably head out for dinner afterwards so I'd dress up the blouse and white jeans with a low block heel - perfect for trekking around London in.RB


Polka dot blouse, £49, & Other Stories; White trousers, £205, Joseph; Strappy shoes, £49.99, Zara.

A garden party

I'm celebrating a friend's birthday in her garden (weather permitting) but as she lives in town, it's BYO flower garden, hence this Ghost skirt. I'll dress it down with a plain black tee and these wear-everywhere sandals from Uterque. Not pictured: the magnum of rose... CGE

garden party 

Snakeskin skirt, £89,Ghost; black t-shirt, £4.50, M&S;  Leather strap sandals, £89, Uterque; Suede bag, £69.99, Zara;  Tortoiseshell sunglasses, £125, Cubitts.

A day on a British beach

This weekend I'll be sunning myself (hopefully) on the beautiful beaches of Devon's coast. A floral mini summer dress and plimsole combo works well for all of our activities, from beach to pub, and this vivid pink cross-body bag will add a pop of colour against the printed dress and low-key headband. HE

British beach

Printed day dress, £185, Reiss;  Flatforms, £62, Superga; Cross-body bag, £12, M&S; Hairband, £3.50, Accessorize

A fun weekend in Ibiza 

I'm jetting off to Ibiza this weekend, where I'll (hopefully) be greeted by temperatures north of 30 degrees celsius and sunshine. Hooray! I'm a sucker for summery accessories, so will be taking as many headbands (which also protect a scalp susceptible to sunburn), swimsuits and big earrings as I can fit in my overweight case. OBS

Ibiza comp

House of Lafayette tie  headband, £20, Matchesfashion.com; Sun earrings, £120, Soru Jewellery; Solid and Striped swimsuit, £164, Matchesfashion.com; Frayed basket, £90, Zwina Habibi; Faithfull the Brand  floral jumpsuit, £190, Net-a-Porter

A dinner with friends 

I'm being optimistic, so am hoping to wear this gorgeous silk slip dress with bare arms and sandals when I go out for dinner with friends on Saturday night. The reality? I'll obviously have a jumper to hand to throw over the top when it's inevitably freezing. CL

dinner with friends

Silk slip dress, £275, Asceno; Round neck jumper, £15, Marks and Spencer; Leather sandals, £79, Uterque; Silver cocktail earrings, £275, Monica Vinader