The Fashion Bust summer festival essentials

Festivals (image by Paige kay Hartley)

Image: Paige Kay Hartley

Heading to a festival or two this summer? Find packing a real nuisance? So do we. Festivals are always a clash between comfortable practicality and fashion, and worse, you never know whether it will be glorious sunshine, pouring with rain, or both. We have to admit, we never quite get our packing right, but there are a few things we don’t leave home without, so here’s our list of Fashion Bust festival essentials.

Dress up your legs (and keep them warm)

The high street is all about acid-wash denim shorts this summer, which is all very well when the sun is shining, but for those days when it’s not (or the aforementioned rain puts in an appearance) cool hosiery is the perfect solution.

FAST for Jonathan Aston, Wolford, House of Holland

FAST at Jonathan Aston, Wolford, House of Holland

Left: Designer Mark Fast has created a range of hosiery and bodywear for legwear brand Jonathan Aston, and we think it has the perfect festival vibe. Try these Piano tights in electric blue, £12 from

Middle: Ideal for wearing under cut-off denims, these Flora Capri tights from Wolford manage to be both classic and trendy. £29 from Wolford.

Right: Henry Holland’s range for Pretty Polly is the epitome of funky hosiery, and we love it all, but these black Stripe Mock OTK tights are a particular favourite, £12 from Pretty Polly. Don’t forget to head over to our Facebook page to collect your exclusive 20% discount code for Pretty Polly.

You don’t actually need multi-coloured briefs for a festival, but…

Bjorn Borg, Esprit and Puma

Left to right: Bjorn Borg, Esprit and Puma

While comfort is the most important factor for briefs when we’re camping, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your undies, as these brands demonstrate. And they come in handy multipacks.

Left: Bjorn Borg is known for its colourful and funky designs for men, and its women’s collection is just as fun. Try these cotton shorts, £33 for a pack of two.

Middle: Esprit has a wide selection of comfy knickers to choose from, including these cute navy striped briefs, £17 for two.

Right: We love the colours of these bright hipster briefs from Puma, and they are a very reasonable £10 for a pack of two.

Make the most of every ray of sunshine with an ultra cool bikini

Topshop, Bjorn Borg, Figleaves

Topshop, Bjorn Borg, Figleaves

If the sun shines at a festival and you didn’t plan for good weather, you’ll kick yourself, because everywhere around you people will be stripping off to take advantage. So if the weather looks like it will nice (and even if it doesn’t, just in case), make sure you pack a bikini that you can wear under a T-shirt, ready to catch those rays.

Left: Nothing says festival better than a tie dye Peace bikini, right? Get into the hippie vibe with this cool bandeau bikini, £32 from Topshop.

Middle: Flower power meets acid house in this floral number from Bjorn Borg, which costs £25 for the top and £22 for the bottoms.

Right: Paisley is having a real renaissance, and this Medina Paisley bikini from Figleaves shows why it’s so popular right now. £26 for the top and £20 for the bottoms.

Shade your eyes (and hide your hangover)

Asos, Lookagain, Wildfox

Asos, Lookagain, Wildfox

Sunglasses are an absolute must-have, and if you haven’t already bought yours this season, here are some great buys (and one serious luxury purchase).

Left: These cute heart-shaped sunglasses from Asos will only set you back £12, bargain!

Middle: Go for a slightly more serious but still retro-inspired look with these Lookagain Mirrored Glasses, £20.

Right: Our star buy has to be these fab John Lennon style Star Struck glasses by uber cool LA fashion brand Wildfox. They’re not cheap, but the good news is that Asos is currently offering these at £161.50, reduced from £202.

Let’s face it, it probably is going to rain…

Evercreatures, Cath Kidston, Hunter

Evercreatures, Cath Kidston, Hunter

There’s barely been a festival in the last few years that hasn’t had at least some footage of fields, and festival-goers, covered in mud. In fact, the bad weather at festivals has inspired a whole trend for funky wellies, so it’s no longer a choice of bottle green, navy and black. We’ve picked out a few of our faves, but you could go for a plain style and create your own unique look with this Boot Bling, £3.99 from

Left: For a quietly trendy look, how about these Evercreatures St George wellies, £31.99 from Surfdome?

Middle: We can’t resist Cath Kidston’s spot design, and these navy and red wellies are calling to us. £38 from

Right: Hunter is the brand for wellies whether you’re a farmer or a festival lover, and it’s fashion range has exploded in recent years. We rather like the neon highlights on these aptly named Festival boots, £155 from Hunter.

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