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10 Cool Festival Essentials for Adults

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One of the best things about festival season is looking at all the amazing outfits people put together. Festivals can give us a chance to try something a bit different, play around with colour and texture, and most importantly have some fun! Whether you're a full on sequin fiend or want to keep cool and comfy, there's always a way to put your own spin on it. We've put together some of our favourite items that will take you stylishly through festival season: 


1. Lucy and Yak Alexa Trousers in Postcard Print

Lucy and Yak's collection of unisex bright trousers and dungarees are always a winner for festival season. Coming in sizes from a UK 6 to a 26 in this specific style, you can pair this with a graphic tee for effortless festival style. An elasticated waist also keeps you comfy all day, and great as things get cooler in the evening! 


Some years it might have felt unthinkable that you could even see the sun come out at a festival, but even on a cloudy day a facial SPF is a vital part of your skincare routine. This Ultra Violette SPF 50+ can be worn underneath makeup, and doesn't create a white cast so can be used by a wide range of skin tones. 

3. Tretorn Garpa Rubber Boots

We featured a pair of Tretorn hybrid children's boots in our kids festival essentials blog post, and with good reason we're back with the adult Chelsea boot! Chunky soles and neutrals have been featured heavily in high end fashion offerings, from brands like Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta, and a Chelsea boot is always a classic. 
The beauty of a Chelsea boot is the elasticated side panels, making them much easier to slide off at the end of an evening. By Sunday evening, the novelty of pulling on a full pair of wellies to go to the loo with the kids might have worn off slightly! 

4. Isolated Heroes Rainbow Carnival Midi Sequin Dress 

Well we had to feature some sequins at some point, didn't we?? Isolated heroes are a great small brand making unique pieces in UK sizes 8-28. This midi dress can be dressed up or down: we love the thought of teaming this with some chunky Doc Martens and maybe a leather jacket in the evening as it gets a bit chillier. 

5. Ganni Recycled Tech Festival Bag in Leopard

The perfect festival bag is a delicate balance of practicality without being too bulky and heavy (and it helps if it looks good!). This Ganni festival bag is lightweight and in a technical nylon that is easily cleaned at the end of the weekend. While the contents may have got a little less lip gloss and vodka in a water bottle, and a little more cereal bars and paw patrol plasters, there's so reason you can't keep it glam in leopard print. And never forget the old adage: leopard print is a neutral, it goes with everything!

6.  Pat McGrath Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Midnight Voyage 

A mini eyeshadow palette is a great festival staple, as it can cater to a range of looks and moods. A light wash of a neutral in the daytime can be amped up with glitter, and this Pat McGrath eyeshadow offers intense pigments and staying power. Perfect for taking you from day to night. 

7.  Le Specs Outta Love Sunglasses via Net a Porter 

Oval sunglasses have been making their way into trends in the past few seasons, and I don't think we've seen the last of them yet. Taking their inspiration from vintage Dior and Cartier frames, they're beautifully understated and break away from the oversized glasses frames we've seen in fashion for so long. Tortoiseshell specs suit just about everyone and are a classic, but we also love a yellow lens to take things a bit Jarvis Cocker in a nod to 90s festival style. 

8. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo via Space NK

Greasy hair at a festival is almost guaranteed at this point, no matter how brilliant the facilities. In the past dry shampoo would leave a dusty coating at your roots, feel thick and heavy and just not feel much better than having greasy hair in the first place. Step in the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo! Lightweight and with a lovely fragrance, it can also add texture to fine hair and give a bit of an edge to your tresses. 

9. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts T-shirt, Amplified Clothing

Graphic tees can be worn with just about anything, and always just give an edge of cool to any outfit. We love this Joan Jett t-shirt, and it's never too early to start giving the kids a lesson in amazing women in music! 

10. WATSON Adult Adventurer Bucket Hat in Multi

Twinning is winning! Why should kids have all the fun; if you don't want the stress of co-ordinating all your outfits, having matching hats is such a cute way to have a cool family look! We have both adult and children's versions of the Adventurer Bucket Hat in Multi for all the family to enjoy. UPF 50+ protection will keep your head safe in the sun all day, and the ingenious fabric keeps your head at the perfect temperature. 

Are you going to any festivals this summer: what are your festival essentials you'd never be without? Tag us on social media and show us all the fun you're having!

Author Emma Watson founder of Little Hotdog Watson

Little Hotdog Watson is a kidswear brand with a difference. We make kids hats unlike any other by combining style + innovation. Our sun hats offer triple protection from UV, Mosquitoes and Overheating, while our winter hats are water resistant, reflective and extra cosy. Take a look at our hats here.


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