FEST FOOT FORWARD
From playsuits to parkas, here’s what to pack, whatever the weather, says KATIE WRIGHT
FESTIVAL season is when we can really have fun with fashion, busting out sassy sequins and rainbow hues, ready to dance all day and night. But, since any outdoor pursuit in this part of the world is dependent on the whims of the weather, you’ll also need to make a few practical purchases before you depart for a weekend of field-based debauchery. By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail, as they say, so if you’re heading to a music festival this summer, you’d better pack appropriately. To that end, we’ve rounded up a bunch of jazzy outfits for your best-case scenario – non-stop sunshine – plus the coolest wellies and waterproofs for if (or should that be when?) the heavens open.
Strike the right sartorial balance with these key buys...
EVEN if you are blessed with glorious weather, don’t be tempted to dress like you’re going to the beach.
Your favourite floaty maxi dress will end up with very dirty hems, or covered in beer, so save it for holiday time.
Instead, a playsuit is the perfect festival friend, ideal for frolicking in fields and teaming with sandals or wellies.
Sequins are practically compulsory, so throw a sequinned cape over your playsuit or pair a glittering top with your favourite denim shorts.
If it’s dry under foot (hooray!), tap into this season’s sporty sandal trend – these comfy but cool styles won’t leave you with blisters, no matter how long you boogie.
Finally, you’ll need a trusty little bag to keep your valuables safe and a bumbag is the answer (worn in the modern cross-body style, of course).
DON’T let a little precipitation dampen your spirits – just keep calm, throw on a waterproof and carry on partying.
This summer, take your pick from transparent raincoats and bright parka macs that will keep you dry without cramping your style. Complete your look with a pair of patent or glitter wellies. These shiny boots are so fun you might even find yourself praying for rain...
Orange tropical print playsuit, £15.40 (was £22); natural flavia sliders, £7 (were £20), Dorothy Perkins Pink pocket parka jacket with hood, £19.19 (was £23.99), Yours Clothing Purple animal sequin sport rib top, £23 (was £45), Simply Be Sequin belt bag, £25, Accessorize PacAMac, £39.95, White Stuff Women’s black multi glitter Wellington boots, £14.99, Shoezone Marshall chunky multi strap sandals, £45, Office Graceland magenta long leg Wellington boots, £19.99, Deichmann Textured woven white belt bag, £32, Oliver Bonas Tu graduate fashion week pink check transparent raincoat, £17.50 (was £35), Sainsbury’s Kyra denim shorts, £35, Monsoon Pale Pink all over sequin playsuit, £25 (was £49), Miss Selfridge * Prices correct at time of going to print. Offers available while stocks last
Multicoloured tassel sequin cape, £19.99, New Look