What to wear to a festival: 5 grown-up looks that’ll work for the whole weekend

Wondering what to wear to a festival this summer? We’ve collated five looks that are easy to wear whatever your age and wherever you’re headed.


Set in acres of parkland around its very own lake in Suffolk, Latitude is a bohemian playground to its very core. Catering to a broad spectrum of creative tastes, Latitude is the only place where you can start the day with some morning yoga, watch a comedian whilst eating award winning street food, hang on every word of your favourite author and dabble in some wild swimming, all while squeezing in your favourite artists. Jam packed is an understatement.
Date: 12-15th July
Location: Henham Park, Suffolk
Headliners: The Killers, Solange, Alt-J, Dylan Moran, Alan Davies

The vibe: Bohemian

Jacket, £119, Sister Jane

Dress, £19.99, New Look

Boots, £14.99, Ego

Hat, £47.16, Revolve

Earrings, £13.19, Betty & Biddy

Bag, £75, Zatchels

British Summer Time

For those of us who can’t always dedicate a whole weekend to the festival experience, city fests are perfect. With Hyde Park as its arena, British Summer Time is in its 6th year and is set to play host to some killer headliners and supporting acts, split over six days. With outdoor cinemas, tennis screenings, pop-up bars and street food, you’ll get a weekends worth of festival in one day, and have the rest of the weekend to recover!
Date: 6-14th July
Location: Hyde Park, London
Headliners: Roger Waters, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, Paul Simon

The vibe: City chic

Jacket, £30, Boohoo

Vest, £19.99, Mango

Trousers, £47, House of Sunny

Trainers, £54.99, Vans at Office

Backpack, £150, Eastpak

Necklace, £80, Katie Mullally

Sunglasses, £40, Quay Australia

By The River

Don’t get us wrong, The Proms is a British institution (we all love a bit of flag waving to Land of Hope and Glory) but the festival scene has been crying out for another classical music fest, and By The River has got us covered. Set in the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames, the one day festival will be hosted by Classic FM and has a luxury selection of food and drink on offer.
Date: Saturday 11th August
Location: Henley-on-Thames
Headliners: Alfie Bow, Sir Karl Jenkins, Laura Wright, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The vibe: Classic

Dress, £55, Weekday

Blazer, £29.99, Zara

Bag, £295, Danse Lente

Earrings, £38, Nu & Mii

Shoes, £38, Next

Isle of Wight

Having hosted legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors and The Rolling Stones, Isle of Wight Festival has long been acknowledged as Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock. Rock fans of all ages flock from far and wide to the tiny island for their headliners, and this year is set to be just as legendary.
Date: 21-24th June
Location: Seaclose Park, Newport
Headliners: Depeche Mode, Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Travis, Van Morrison

The vibe: Rock

T-shirt, £30, Wrangler

Jeans, £50, Urban Outfitters

Bum bag, £55, Tiba + Marl

Rain coat, £60, Simply Be

Bottle, £12.99, Mountain Warehouse

Boots, £130, Dr Martens

Ring, £50, Bloody Mary Metal


A good all-rounder, Wilderness is great for those who love a bit of everything. In a beautifully wild Oxfordshire setting, nature is the central focus of this festival. Featuring a long list of outdoor activities and workshops to help you work off the never ending selection of fine food, you wouldn’t be blamed for forgetting about the music.
2-5th August
Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Headliners: Patty & Bun, Yotam Ottolenghi, The Good Egg, Homeslice, Petersham Nurseries, Nile Rodgers & Chic. Bastille

The vibe: Foodie

Jumpsuit, £35, Asos
Jacket, £45, Topshop
Sandals, £80, Dune London
Sunglasses, £25, Cheap Monday

Bag, £58, Free People

Feature by Stephanie Sofokelous