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24 January 2017

What to wear to Glastonbury Festival

When it comes to considering what to wear to Glastonbury festival, a little planning can go a long way. Spending a long weekend in the great outdoors doesn't have to mean compromising on style – just rising to the challenge. And the unpredictable British weather only adds an extra frisson of uncertainty when you're deciding what to take to a festival. 

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Thankfully there are lots of fashion fixes to keep you looking impeccable no matter what the elements throw your way. Whether you’re dancing to Disclosure or swaying to Kurt Vile, pack a few different layers into a Stella McCartney chain detail backpack so that you can adjust your outfit when necessary – without having to miss a moment of the music. 

 

We've put together a few different looks to incorporate into your Glastonbury festival checklist.

 

1. Catching dreams

 

Ethnic embellishments will solve any what to wear to Glastonbury dilemmas. There’s nothing better than a bit of fringing, feathers and crochet detail when you’re really throwing yourself into the festival spirit. Look to Burberry to bring back the hedonistic summer of love in the form of folk-inspired patchwork pieces, as seen in the label's womenswear February 2016 collection. 

 

If you want to add a vintage edge to your Glastonbury essentials, fringed waistcoats and patched jeans pair well together for a distinctly 70s feel. Look to Neil Barrett for bohemian fringed belts to lend your outfit a decorative finish. 

 

If the sun decides to make an appearance, set your feet free with a pair of sandals by Church's. Sleek metallic straps capture an appealingly futuristic aesthetic, without sacrificing their retro charm. Marsèll designs sandals for men in chunky, masculine shapes with sleek polished accents. 

 

A pair of French plaits pinned into a loose halo, in the style of Emily Blunt at the Golden Globes, will complete your carefree ensemble. 

 

2. Rural romanticism

 

Even if you’ve decided to forgo the camping for a boutique hotel, you'll still be spending the majority of your time getting down and dirty in a field. Classic countryside-inspired pieces such as floaty botanical prints and finely knitted jumpers combine beautifully with the ultimate in Glastonbury essentials, a pair of knee-high Hunter wellies. Hunter also has a mid-calf height option for men, as seen on Nicholas Hoult. 

 

For a pretty, feminine feel, take inspiration from the custom-made Chloé maxi dress worn by Adele as she charmed the audience during her 2016 headline set. Or if you prefer a sharper print, a vivid little summer dress could be the answer, like Poppy Delevingne’s short and bold red dress that she teamed with a shearling-lined leather jacket and lace-up boots.

 

And don’t forget about the all-important accessories. Ditch the flower crown for a floral bag, like Fendi's small shoulder bag with appliquéd leather and stud flowers. A vibrantly hued saddle bag from Coach will give your outfit a dash of colour. Match the shade of your bag to your all-access wristband for bonus points.

 

3. Sports luxe love

 

If you’re a lady or gentleman of athleisure, a 90s monogram sweatshirt is ideal for chilly evenings exploring Shangri-La. A patterned pair of leggings from Adidas by Stella McCartney will complete the look. Summer knitwear featuring slogans or ironic prints also combines well with sports luxe pieces.  

 

If there’s one jacket that's on the final cut of everyone's what to wear to Glastonbury list, it’s an anorak. An Anya Hindmarch hi-vis jacket will do the trick. At Glastonbury 2016, Suki Waterhouse paired her personalised version with subtle black Puma sweatpants tucked into Hunter boots.

 

And if you’d rather not hide your Glastonbury festival outfit under a raincoat – after all, this is a party that only rolls around once a year – a transparent white waterproof jacket by Hunter is a sleek alternative. Natalie Dormer and Lottie Moss are both fans of the hooded Hunter clear smock jacket.

 

4. With the band

 

When you're hanging backstage, it's tempting to risk the rain by swapping your essential anorak for a classic Belstaff leather jacket. This tough-luxe design is perfect for casually slinging over a vintage band T-shirt or an Alexander McQueen skull tee.

 

If you want to take a break from the knee-high wellies, you could don a pair of Hunter ankle boots instead. Mary Charteris wore hers to Glastonbury festival 2016 with classic rock ‘n’ roll denim and black leather. 

 

Stonewashed and frayed Current/Elliott shorts are perfect for sunny days, as are denim or leather mini-skirts. Take inspiration from Charli XCX’s black leather Coach star-studded piece. Vivienne Westwood jewellery will amplify this look, with punk-inspired monograms decorating unisex armour rings and chain necklaces.

 

 

What to wear to Glastonbury