When going to a festival of any kind, whether that’s music, food, arts festivals, or anything in between, the number one priority is to have the best time you possibly can with your mates. Now, I’m not saying you need to dress a certain way to have fun, but it certainly helps in terms of confidence if you’ve got a cleverly put together outfit.

Here are five outfits to use as inspiration for this week’s Garden Party Festival in Leeds City Centre.

1The Long Skirt and Lace Top

One of the easiest but most fashionable ways to put together an outfit for a festival is to pair a long (and hopefully patterned) maxi skirt with a beautifully intricate, lace top. Lace is an easy material to spruce up any outfit, and a statement piece like that can be matched with most things to create an elegant look. Just be sure to wear a crop top underneath for maximum effect.


2The Skater Dress and Tasselled Cardigan

Skater dresses are renowned for suiting most body types as they cinch at the waist, the narrowest part of the body. The A-line shape of the skirt flatters those who are weary of their legs, as it swings away from the hips and thigh area. A combination of the two makes it a dress suitable for most women, and fused with a contrasting cardigan, it skirts the line between elegance and comfort.


4The Maxi Dress and Mid-Length Cardigan

A maxi dress is a quick fix, you can throw it on and be done with it because it doesn’t require any more thought about pairing it with something that would match or compliment the colours. That’s why it’s perfect for summer, it flows enough to be cooling whilst still great if there’s a chill in the air. Integrate a cardigan from the opposite colour family (more red-tones if you’re wearing a blue dress, such as in the picture) and a timeless necklace such as the one shown in the picture, and your outfit is complete, suitable for day or night.


3The Denim Jacket and Bohemian Skirt

A staple item in anyone’s wardrobe should be a well-fitting denim jacket. It can be used casually in the daytime, merged with the majority of skirts or in the night, combined with a dress. It builds on a rock’n’roll look whilst keeping it chic and easy-going. Add a crop top to the mix to show a bit of skin and it makes for a great, wearable festival look whilst still being stylish enough for the after parties. If you’re walking around everywhere on a hot summer’s day, with some simple black wedges, this is the one to go for.


5The Patterned Trousers and Coloured Bomber Jacket

The Bohemian trend is perfectly suited to festivals as its relaxed enough to wear whilst dancing to some great tunes (with comfort being ideal in these situations) but its dressed-up enough that your individuality will show through. Depending on the colouring of your trousers, utilise that to find a suitably contrasting, plain bomber jacket such as the one shown. A block colour for a jacket is an easy way to keep the focus on the trousers but also being able to dress appropriately in case the weather turns (which it’s bound to do in England).

Enjoy the festivities!

Ruby xx