Fashion festival 2022: what to wear this summer
It’s that time of year again. The tent has been removed from its two-year retreat and the gap year backpack is stuffed full of the holy triumvirate: rubber boots, wet wipes (biodegradable, natch), and raincoat. It’s festival season baby! And as 200,000 happy campers make their way to Worthy Farm this weekend, we’re gearing up for a summer of field dancing, tent parties and peacocking like no other.
“After two years of rescheduled events finally coming to fruition, it’s no surprise that we can’t wait to accompany iconic festival fashion making its long-awaited return,” says Agustina Panzoni, Head of Trends and Categories at Depop.
Even if you’re traditionally denim shorts and a minimalist t-shirt, this year it’s the one that’s going to be really bold with your look. “The heavy use of color we’ve seen on the SS22 catwalks is a big trend to elevate festival clothing this summer,” says Liane Wiggins, Head of Womenswear at Matches. From Y2K vibes to crochet and acid glosses, read on for your eight-step packing kit.
The shirt and shorts set
When it comes to streamlining your tent wardrobe, a brightly colored shirt and shorts ensemble is as sensible and cheerful as those canisters you’ve stashed in your sleeping bag. Worn together, a shorts-shirt ensemble (try it after a few cans of Red Stripe) is an effortless picnic, gate, and dancefloor look that works just as well with strappy sandals and a sequin bikini as with white socks. and trainers. And it’s three outfits in one: wear the shorts alone with a white tank top or the shirt thrown over you swimmers after that dip in the lake. “We’ve seen a real influx of shirts, worn as a blanket, this summer season,” says Libby Page, Market Editor at Net-a-Porter, who reviews Matteau “for their cult print shirts, the Love Parade Collection. from Gucci for statement flowers and Frankie Shop for a simpler layering option.
Aligned; shirt £89, shorts £69, align.co
Zara; shirt €29.99, shorts €25.99, zara.com
The crochet bob
Bucket hats aren’t going anywhere as our festive favorite, with searches for DePop up 21% in the past three months. Page agrees it’s “the style to do with this festival season”, but rather than following the crowd, why not opt for a bucket in a cuter crochet variety? Maje and Ganni both have crochet buckets for under £100, while the latest drop from Loewe’s ever-popular collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza has one in white and black. “From sequined mini dresses and crochet headbands, to denim and psychedelic ensembles, Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza has taken it to the next level offering everything you need for your festival wardrobe,” says Page. . For very hippy vibes, Miu Miu and Valentino also have multicolored iterations worthy of their own VIP bracelet.
Ganni; bucket hat, £66, ganni.com
Maje; 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 horribly ugly party fanny pack really isn’t necessary. Instead, why not invest in a sparkly phone chain to leave your hands free to hold a pint and pull shapes. “Colorful beads are fast becoming a key summer trend,” says Page, who recommends technicolor beads by Martha Calvo and Roxanne Assouline. Celeb fave String Ting make candy colored tech chains for £60 and under (opt for the longer length which allows cross security), London brand Chaos make a glow-in-the-dark phone lanyard you’ll never lose in tent and brands like Eliaow and Xou Xou make cute leather phone pouches on straps that have room for your lip balm and chewing gum.
Ting chain; rainbow phone string, £80, stringting.com
Chaos; fluorescent zip thong, £90, shop.chaos.club
Roxanne Assoulin; beaded phone chain, £50, roxanneassoulin.com
Packing super sturdy wellies or hiking shoes for the inevitable Glasto mud bath is non-negotiable. But when the sun comes out, cowboy boots are set to be the party shoes of 2022, with searches for DePop up 40% from last year. Knee-high styles in pale tones look great with flirty mini-dresses, but you can’t go wrong with a chunky black ankle-length cowboy boot (Stradivarius has a great pair for £59.99) . The trick to making the style work for terrain hiking is a chunky low heel. Office has a sensible knee-high pair in beige suede (£119) or for something that will outlast Glasto, try American equestrian shoe brand Ariat, who specialize in Western boots you can walk in. In the market for something more space cowboy? Don’t miss Terry de Havilland’s metallic-tastic collaboration with Annie’s Ibiza.
Stradivarius cowboy boots, £55.99, asos.com
Office Kentucky Tall Boots, £119. Office.co.uk
Ariat; cowboy boots, £150, ariat.com
UK festivals inevitably mean showers of rain on the dance floor, but rather than buying a freaking disposable poncho, why not pack a raincoat that you like enough to wear on your wet and windy walk to the tube too? ? Leopard prints offer a fresh update to your classic khaki parka, and Barbour’s latest leopard print collaboration with House of Hackney offers a cool spin on Alexa’s festival favourite.
Couples; 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 tight mini
Sienna and Kate wore them with leather jackets and band tees in the ’90s, and the bodycon dress remains a festival classic today. Perfect in the heat and great for layering under denim shirts and hoodies at night, the Bodycon Brief is party wear you’ll be wearing long after the Wilderness hangover subsides. Sustainable London label Omnes has a black tie-up mini in recycled satin polyester for £55, Zara has plenty of cropped satin briefs for £29.99 and Motel’s super flattering cowl neck Paiva slip dress (£40) is available in a rainbow of over 18 colors, from chic olive green and slate to Barbie pink and sky blue.
Omnes; pull-on mini dress, £55, omnes.com
Motel Paiva slip dress, £40. motelrocks.com
Harmon; mini party dress, £275, harmur.co.uk
The Y2K trend continues to dominate this summer, but if low-rise cargo pants or a butterfly top seem a bit over the top for your dance floor vibe, a pair of sunglasses is a great way to dip a toe into the trend. Look for colored or rimless lenses (ASOS is your go-to), wrap-around styles (try Balenciaga and Lexxola) and fun colors (Linda Farrow x The Attico has a great rectangular pair that comes in lime and fuchsia, £190) . A sunglasses chain from London brands Frame Chain or Talis Chains is also a really smart way to make sure your sunglasses don’t end up in lost items.
Dior; cat eye sunglasses, £340, mytheresa.com
hot futures; cream frame sunglasses, £105, hotfutures.co.uk
The bottle holder
Hydration is key to surviving the five-day Glasto Marathon, but no one likes waste. A water bottle holder is the pro way to stay well-watered at all times. For high-end hydration, opt for Mulberry’s sleek cloud blue leather number, or Urban Outfitters has a super cute beaded cross-body bottle holder that’s on sale for £11. Pretty, practical and plastic-free…and no one said you can’t fill it with wine.
Blackberry; water bottle holder, £305, mulberry.com
Urban Outfitters; water bottle holder, £11, urbanoutfitters.com
Toast; water bottle holder, £22, toa.st.com