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Festival outfits - a handy guide for women

22 Jun

Festival fever: the madcap, eclectic scene that makes up the British festival season is upon us. Those memorable few months when the whole country goes mad for the music; camping out under the stars, sticking flowers in our hair and partying until sunrise. From surfing fests in Cornwall and hip-hop in a farmyard, to urban dance and grime collectives in London parks, there’s something for all comers.

The variety on offer means choosing where to set your summer can be a little overwhelming. To get you started, here’s a rundown of festivals by type, including our own favourite shindigs.

Wherever you decide to party this summer, getting your festival look spot-on is essential, so check out the outfit selection for each gig.

Sea Festivals


Sea, sand and festivals are the perfect combination, with hopefully a little sunshine thrown in. Topping the bill has to be Boardmasters; balancing serious surf credentials with music heavyweights, including headliners DEADMAU5, James Bay and Wolf Alice. Celebrating its 35th year, Boardmasters is stop #29 on the WSL international qualifying tour and will see the crowning of the Euro Longboard Champion 2016.

For those who prefer a beach party pure and simple, then check out Electric Beach Festival down on Fistral Beach, with New York’s De La Soul providing a great contrast to the legendary Levellers.

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Alexa Gem

Surf separates: lightweight warmth, super flexible A-Flex Pro neoprene and popping with colour—there’s no excuse not to get out on the water.

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Corinne Reef

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Sabalo Sea

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Alishya Storm

Relax beachside in a vibrant print bikini, paired with the Alyshia Storm boardies.


Summer flip-flop

Don’t forget the essential flip-flops, with sunny bursts of colour.


Seren flip-flop

Field Festivals


Inland, music lovers are just as well served: nestled amongst the fields, forests and hills of Britain are festivals sure to make magical summer memories. Without a doubt, Glastonbury remains the giant of the scene; expect mind-blowing music from the likes of Adele, New Order and Stormzy, 1000’s of revellers and one hell of a party.

For a totally immersive cultural experience, Latitude, with its family friendly vibe, offers an eclectic mix of music, dance, performance art, wordsmiths and comedy.

There’s certain to be at least one festival field this summer that turns from sun-baked desert to muddy swamp, so...

Catch the laidback look with a bohemian style sundress.

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Betty White



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Alyshia Luce

Top with a shady hat and a summery knit for when night falls.




Pop sunglasses


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Pack for a daylong party: Hideout backpack in tribal print and the all-important sunnies for the morning after.

Urban Festivals

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To experience a whole different festival vibe, choose an urban setting. Take a trip to NASS, where action sports and music meet in an exhilarating mix. 2016 sees them play host to the BMX World Championships, so expect to see the best riders in the business across Pro Park, Dirt, Vert and Flatland. Also sure to feature are Animal pro skaters James Threlfall and Adam Keats, whilst Blake Samson freestyles in the DMR Dirt Wars Series.

London is always the base for some of the biggest urban music parties of the summer. In July, Wireless comes to Finsbury Park, catering for lovers of hip-hop, R&B and grime with headliners Calvin Harris, Boy Better Know and Chase & Status. Alternatively, dance happy festival goers should flock to Lovebox in Victoria Park.

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Samara Lace

Choose street silhouettes with a cropped tee or racer back vest.

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Saturday Sun





Match with cut-off denims or keep it breezy in flippy shorts.

Complete the look with a flat peak trucker and sun-washed skate shoe.


Marcy skate shoe


Teagan flat peak trucker