What to wear to a festival: UK Edition

The festival season is upon us and it's time to start planning outfits!

New Look Festival Dress 24

Festival season is upon us, BBC Big Weekend came to Luton and kicked off the season with a bang. The one and only Coldplay headlined!

Whether you're heading to Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, or keeping local with Hidden Festival and Chase & Status in Milton Keynes. It’s time to start planning your outfits.

Everyone likes to dress as though they are in Coachella, but in fact we are in the UK which comes with a lot of rain.

Here’s your ultimate guide to what to wear to a festival in the UK.

1. Layer Up

Layering up is a MUST when it comes to UK festivals and let’s face it if you end up not needing to wear it you can use it as a picnic rug!

British weather is notoriously unpredictable! One minute it’s sunny, the next it’s raining cats and dogs. Start with a basic t-shirt or tank top, add a checked shirt or lightweight sweater.


Why just get one when you can get 3? This pack of 3 tank tops is perfect if you are going to a festival as the neutral tones go with every option you don’t even have to think about what you’re wearing.

Hollister, Ribbed high neck tank 3-pack



A checked flannel shirt from Jack Wills is perfect for layering. You can wear it over any tank top and shorts to complete your outfit. If you get too hot, tie it around your waist, or use it as a picnic rug—its pattern is just that versatile!

Jack Wills, Check Flannel Shirt


Footwear Matters

Comfortable, weather-appropriate footwear is crucial. Festivals often involve a lot of walking and standing, and the grounds can get muddy. Timberlands or Dr. Martens are the only way to go for festival season.


The classic brown Tims are, in my opinion, the only shoes you should wear for a festival. Not only will they keep your feet dry, but they also look trendy, so you don’t have to worry about them ruining your outfit.

Timberland® Premium 6 Inch Waterproof Boot for Women in Yellow



If you're in the mood for a sandal vibe, check out Dr. Martens. They offer platform sandals that effortlessly complement any outfit. Plus, they had a bit of extra high so you can see over the crowds of people a bit easier. These are ideal for one-day festivals, especially when the weather has been dry in the UK. But if you're feeling adventurous, go ahead and wear them regardless!

Dr. Martens, Blaire Tumbled Nubuck Leather Sandals


Festival Fashion Essentials

Embrace the festival attire, and wear items that you wouldn’t normally wear every day. Denim shorts and boho skirts are festival staples. They’re comfortable, versatile, and can be styled in many ways.


I know what you’re thinking, and yes leopard print back! This mesh animal print long sleeve mini dress is the ultimate festival one-piece. It's long sleeve feature allows you to feel warm but also is breathable if the sun decides to grace us with it's presence.

Pair it with a cute, cropped denim jacket and chunky boots, and maybe throw on a hat or bandana for a chic festival look.

New Look, Brown mesh animal print long sleeve mini dress



Hats—I'm not sure what it is about them, but everyone seems to wear one to a festival, even if they wouldn’t normally. Maybe it's all the people selling hats and random bits on the way to the festival grounds that suddenly makes you want to buy a pink cow hat! Grab this hat from Levi’s before you head to your next festival.

Levi’s Pride Rodeo Hat


Bag It Up

You’ll need something to carry your essentials—phone, wallet, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle. A small backpack or a crossbody bag is ideal. It keeps your hands free and is easier to keep secure in a crowd.


Are you just as OBSESSED with this crossbody bag from ZARA as we are? Crochet is such a festival style. This raffia-style shoulder bag is the perfect size to fit your essentials in, plus it will pull your outfit together rather than to ruin it.

ZARA, Raffia-style shoulder bag



If you are after something a little bit bigger, but still wanting the Raffia style, then New Look has this large black tote, that has plenty of room to store all of your essentials, the best tote if you are staying for the whole three days of the festival.

New Look, Black Faux-Raffia Tote Bag


Practical Extras

Don’t forget the always FORGOTTEN!

Don't forget a portable charger—when camping, of course there are no sockets. Now is your time to actually be prepared. Keep your devices charged to capture those unforgettable moments and stay connected with friends. Get yours from Mobile Bitz, conveniently located outside Clarendon Fine Art.


Bring a reusable water bottle. Keep hydrated all day long at festivals, where refill stations are often available. This Passenger bottle from Superdry not only boasts a pretty pink design but also features a water-tight screw lid, ensuring your bag stays dry and leak-free.

Superdry, Passenger Bottle



Pack-a-mack: One thing that's often forgotten—unless your mum reminds you 24 times before you leave—is a packable raincoat. Trust me, this is one thing she's always right about; a mother knows best! A lightweight and packable raincoat is a festival essential in the UK, keeping you dry without cramping your style. Don’t you worry, as Sports Direct has just the thing! You can pack it up small and keep in your bag, or fasten it to your bag strap so don’t worry, it won’t ruin your outfit.

Sports Direct, Women’s Pack It III Waterproof Jacket