It’s that time of year again. The tent has been pulled out of its two-year retirement and the sabbatical backpack is stuffed with the holy triumvirate: wellies, wet wipes (biodegradable, natch) and a raincoat. It’s festival season, baby! And as 200,000 happy campers march to Worthy Farm this weekend, we’re gearing up for a summer of field dancing, tent parties and peacocks like no other.
“After two years of rescheduled events finally coming to fruition, it’s no surprise that we’re looking forward to going with the festival’s iconic fashion making its long-awaited return,” says Agustina Panzoni, trends and categories manager at Depop.
Even if you are traditionally a denim shorts and minimalist, this year is the one to really go bold with your look. “The strong use of color we saw on the SS22 runways is a big trend to elevate the festival’s style this summer,” says Liane Wiggins, Head of Women’s Fashion at Matches. From Y2K vibes to crochet and acidic sparkles, read on for her eight-step packing kit list.
The shirt and shorts set
When it comes to streamlining your tent wardrobe, a brightly colored shirt and shorts combo is as sensible and happy as those cans you stashed in your sleeping bag. Worn together, a set of shorts and shirt (try this after a few cans of Red Stripe) is an effortlessly cool picnic, portaloo, and dance floor look that works just as brilliantly with strappy sandals and a sequined bikini. with white socks. and coaches. And there are three looks in one: wear the shorts alone with a white tank top or the shirt thrown over you swimmers after that swim in the lake. “We’ve seen a real influx of shirts, used as cover up, this summer season,” says Page, who rates Matteau “for its cult print shirts, Gucci’s Love Parade collection for statement florals and Frankie Shop for a layering option. simpler .”
Line up; £89 shirt, £69 shorts, aligne.co
Zara; shirt €29.99, shorts €25.99, zara.com
The crochet bucket hat
Bucket Hats aren’t going anywhere as our festival favorite, with searches on DePop up 21% over the past three months. Page agrees that it’s “the style to behold this festival season,” but instead of following the crowd, why not opt for a bucket in a cuter crochet variety? Maje and Ganni have crochet buckets for under £100, while the last drop of Loewe’s endlessly popular collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza has one in black and white. “From sequined mini dresses and bandeaus, to crochet, low-rise jeans and psychedelic ensembles, the Loewe x Paula Ibiza has taken playfulness to the next level, providing everything you need for your festival wardrobe,” he says. Page For high-end hippy vibes, Miu Miu and Valentino also have multicolored iterations worthy of their own VIP bracelet.
Ganni; bucket hat, £66, ganni.com
mother; bucket hat, £99, maje.com
Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza; bucket hat, £350, loewe.com
Hands-free phone chain
With our wallets on our phones and the dance floor smoking a relic of the past, that sinfully ugly holiday-year bum really isn’t necessary. Instead, why not invest in a shiny phone chain to leave you with your hands free to hold and pull shapes. “Colored beads should be one of the top trends this summer,” says Page, who recommends technicolor beads by Martha Calvo and Roxanne Assouline. Celebrity favorite String Ting makes sweet colored tech chains for £60 or less (go for the longer length which allows for cross-body security), London-based brand Chaos makes a dark phone lanyard glow you’ll never see before. will lose in the tent and brands like Eliaow and Xou Xou make beautiful leather strap phone bags that have room for your lip balm and gum.
Ting rope; rainbow phone chain, £80, stringting.com
Chaos; fluorescent zip lanyard, £90, shop.chaos.club
Roxanne Assoulin; beaded phone chain, £50, roxanneassoulin.com
the cowboy boots
Packing super sturdy wellies or hiking boots for the inevitable Glasto mud bath is non-negotiable. But when the sun comes out, cowboy boots should be the festive footwear of 2022, with searches on DePop up 40% from last year. Light-toned knee-high styles look great paired with flirty mini dresses, but you can’t go wrong with an ankle-length black cowboy boot (Stradivarius has a nice pair for £59.99). The trick to making the style work on the field is a chunky low heel. Office makes a sensible knee-high pair in beige suede (£119) or for something that will outlive Glasto’s, try American equestrian shoe brand Ariat, which specializes in Western boots. cowboy? Don’t miss Terry de Havilland’s metallic-tastic collaboration with Annie’s Ibiza.
Stradivarius cowboy boots, £55.99, asos.com
Office Kentucky Knee Boots, £119. Office.co.uk
Ariat; cowboy boots, £150, ariat.com
the leopard anorak
British festivals inevitably mean rain showers on the dance floor, but rather than panic buying a disposable poncho, why not pack a raincoat you like enough to also wear on your wet, windy walk to the tube? Leopard prints offer a fresh update on her classic khaki parka, and Barbour’s latest leopard print collaboration with House of Hackney offers a cool twist on Alexa’s festival favorite.
Kooples; leopard print parka, £390, thekooples.com
joules; leopard print raincoat, £29.95, joules.com
Barbour x House of Hackney; leopard wax jacket, £299, barbour.com
the mini stealth
Sienna and Kate wore them with leather jackets and band T-shirts in the ’90s, and the fitted dress remains a festival classic today. Perfect in the heat and ideal for layering under denim shirts and hoodies at night, the slipy slipy is a party dress you’ll wear long after the Wilderness hangover wears off. Sustainable London brand Omnes makes a mini black tie-back made from recycled satin polyester for £55, Zara has satin flats galore for £29.99 and the Motel’s super flattering hoodie Paiva dress ( £40) comes in a rainbow of over 18 colors, from super chic olive green and slate to Barbie pink and sky blue.
Omnis; mini dress, £55, omnes.com
Motel Paiva sweatshirt dress, £40. motelrocks. with
Harmur; mini party dress, £275, harmur.co.uk
The Y2K trend continues to dominate this summer, but if low-waisted cargo pants or a butterfly top sounds a little out there for your dancefloor vibe, a pair of shades is a great way to dive into the trend. Look for tinted or rimless lenses (ASOS is your choice), wraparound styles (try Balenciaga and Lexxola) and fun colors (Linda Farrow x The Attico has a great rectangular pair that comes in lemon and fuchsia, £190). A sunglasses chain from brands like Frame Chain or Talis Chains is also a very smart way to make sure your sunglasses don’t end up in lost goods.
Dior; cat sunglasses, £340, mytheresa.com
Hot futures; cream framed sunglasses £105, hotfutures.co.uk
water bottle holder
Hydration is key to surviving the five-day Glasto marathon, but nobody likes junk. A water bottle holder is the professional way to always stay well watered. For a high-quality hydration look to Mulberry’s sleek cloud blue leather number, alternatively Urban Outfitters has a super cute beaded bottle holder that’s on sale for £11. Cute, practical and plastic-free…and nobody else. said you can’t fill it with wine.
Mulberry; water bottle holder, £305, mulberry.com
Urban Equipment; water bottle holder, £11, urbanoutfitters.com
Gift; water bottle holder, £22, toa.st.com