What to wear to festivals this summer © Glastonbury

What to wear to festivals this summer

Make sure you know what to wear to this summer’s best music festivals.

Whether the decadence of open air opera, the music-fuelled madness of dance parties at Glastonbury or alternative vibe of a Bulgarian mountain retreats, make sure you know what to wear to this summer’s best music festivals.

The classical

There’s nothing quite like enjoying opera in the open air and with the European music season nearly in full swing it is time to get out and tune in. Italy’s Arena Opera Festival kicks off this June in Verona’s stunning open air Roman amphitheatre, and the 2015 season includes classics such as Aida and Don Giovanni.


© Arena di Verona

If you find yourself in the UK, why not spend a blissful afternoon and evening amongst the beautiful rolling hills of England’s Glyndebourne, (just over one hour from London’s Victoria Station) listening to some of the finest opera in the country. The Glyndebourne Festival, which runs from May to August, presents six operas in the grounds of the estate and as well as musical delights, this is the place to dine or picnic in style, and dressing up, well it is all part of the occasion.

Glyndebourne © Leigh Simpson

Glyndebourne © Leigh Simpson

While there is no formal dress code for these events, most opera-goers make the most of the opportunity to dress up as a mark of respect to the performers. You would certainly not be out of place in black tie, but a long floaty dress or short tailored dress and jacket equally as fitting.


From left: dress: Matthew Williamson, jacket: Alexander McQueen, heels: Sophia Webster, bag: M2Malletier 

Arena Opera Festival: June-September, Verona, Italy, www.arena.it
Glyndebourne: May-August, East Sussex, England, www.glyndebourne.com

The cool

Whether you are traipsing the sodden fields with the likes of Kate Moss, Alexa Chung at Glastonbury or partying the night away in a mansion at Belgium’s Tomorrowland luxury dance extravaganza, fitting in is the number one priority. So follow the simple style mantra: dress up by dressing down.Tomorrowland 1

© Tomorrowland

If you would rather keep your legs underwraps then go for a pair of super flattering skinny jeans, otherwise a pair of distressed super short denim shorts is the order of the day. Wear with paisley blouses, smock tops, fringed waistcoats and the festival perennial – a black biker jacket and you should feel like one of the gang. The favoured footwear – Hunter wellies, but any chunky boots will serve the purpose in terms of style and practicality.


From left: satchel: Givenchy, blouse: Saint Laurent, denim shorts: Levi's Vintage, wellies: Hunter, waistcoat: Isabel Marant 

Glastonbury: 24 - 28 June, Glastonbury, Somerset, England, www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Tomorrowland: Boom, Belgium, 24-27 July, www.tomorrowland.com

The alternative

Often dubbed ‘Poshstock’ the British festival Wilderness Festival focuses just as much on gourmet dining, ice buckets of Champagne and all things eclectic and arty as they do on great music. Bulgaria’s Meadows in the Mountains also offers the ultimate alternative ‘get away from it all’ experience with ethereal sunrises and an Orpheus pool party.

Meadows In The Mountains

© Meadows in the Moutains

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Such alternative festivals are the place to let out your inner haute hippie and bask in rural bliss. Opt for a delicate and feminine floral dress or playsuit, robust yet super sophisticated sandals, a fab handbag and a panama hat to top it off.


From left: sandals: Isabel Marant, bag: Marc by Marc by Marc Jacobs, hat: Lanvin, dress: Vera Wang

Wilderness Festival: 6-9 August, Oxfordshire, www.wildernessfestival.com
Meadows in the Mountains: 12-14 June, Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria, meadowsinthemountains.com