The Liberty Guide to Festival Dressing
Summertime signals festival season, so here’s what to wear no matter which one you’re heading to.
Stretching ahead of us all are months of merrymaking in fields and tents across the UK (and beyond). But what to wear? The best festival outfits tick boxes for both practicality and style, so whether you’re dancing in mud at Reading and Leeds or taking in the sights at Goodwood Revival – each ticket comes with its own set of sartorial requirements. Below, find an editor-curated wardrobe for the best summer festival dressing yet.
What to Wear to Reading & Leeds Festival
26 – 28 August 2022
If you’re after a lively weekend of music (Arctic Monkeys, Wolf Alice and Dave are all playing this year), get yourself a ticket to either Reading or Leeds Festival. Because you’ll be camping (or perhaps glamping), dancing in close crowds and probably battling some inherently British weather fronts, your best bet is opting for a practical wardrobe, clothes that can be easily layered up in the event of a chill or pared back if the sun warms up. It's also your chance to dive head-first into the revival of 90s fashion, so try AGOLDE’s Poppy Tank Top, £80 (a basic you’ll love for years) underneath Ganni’s Cropped Wool Cardigan, £195.
What to wear to Reading & Leeds
What to Wear to BBC Proms
15 July - 10 September 2022
With a schedule of over 80 concerts held (mostly) at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is famed for its grandeur and opulence. What better excuse to really dress up? And by dressing up, we mean going all-out, with a statement dress like Aje’s Dusk Knot Puff-Sleeve Midi-Dress, £460; made from lustrous, delicate pink viscose. Team it with The Fae Cross-Body Bag by JW PEI, £125 and Missoma’s 18ct Gold-Plated Molten Baroque Pearl Drop Hoop Earrings, £165 for peak glamour.
What to wear to BBC PROMS
What to Wear to RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
20 – 24 July 2022
A paradise of technicoloured blooms and innovative garden designs, the RHS flower show in Tatton Park is a favourite for the green-fingered among us. If you’re attending, why not lean into the theme, and bring a few florals into your outfit choices? We’d suggest FARM Rio’s Delicate Forest Scarves Mini-Dress, £250; lace-trimmed and decorated with a vibrant array of tropical flowers, it’s just the thing to pair with Liberty’s Poppy Forest Tana Lawn™ Cotton Hair Scrunchie, £35, a highlight of our new hair accessories collection.
What to wear to RHS Tatton Park
What to Wear to Edinburgh Festival Fringe
5- 29 August 2022
Described as “the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet” by its organisers, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe truly fits the cliché of having something for everyone, from comedy acts and cabaret to theatre performances and musicals. But with stages dotted all over Edinburgh, your outfits needs to be comfortable and travel-friendly. Might we suggest La Veste’s playful, puff–sleeved Tea Time Blue Check Shirt, £190 and Frame’s Le Palazzo Wide-Leg Jeans, £250 for comfort that also feels chic.
What to wear to Edinburgh Festival Fringe
What to Wear to Goodwood Revival
16 – 18 September 2022
It may be the festival for motorcar enthusiasts, but Goodwood Revival draws in a diverse crowd of all kinds of vintage lovers. Capturing the sights and sounds of the 40s, 50s and 60s, ticket holders can expect races between rare and priceless cars, fine dining and famous faces from the world of motorsport. Then there’s the fashion which, as you might imagine, is all about old-school finery. To emulate, look for something that exudes old-school elegance like Sportscraft’s Sambourne Liberty Print Dress, £410, accessorised with Alighieri’s rather precious Gold-Plated The Water Bearer Baroque Pearl Pendant Necklace £210.