Cowboy Boots, Crochet, Crystals—Every Fun Festival Trend I'll Wear This Summer


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Coachella 2023 might be behind us, but a whole summer of festivals is on the horizon. Whether you've nabbed yourself a ticket to Glastonbury, Wilderness or a laid-back local fete, you'll need the appropriate attire. 

Festival fashion has a very distinctive identity. You know the drill: Every April, the Colorado desert becomes a bona fide catwalk as thousands of style-savvy Coachella attendees show off their creative ensembles. We're not just talking denim cut-offs and wellies—this year alone was a spectacle of bejewelled minidresses and coastal-cowgirl getups. This Met Gala of the music world showcases a heightened version of what you can expect, sartorially speaking, from your own outdoor gig. The trends on show during the two-week event get distilled down, and many are surprisingly wearable, no matter how easy-going you expect your upcoming festival to be.

So, what should you consider when planning your outfits? When picking and choosing which trends to try, think about the expected temperature (a festival in Reading is very different to one in Barcelona), but also what you'll feel most comfortable in. Expect to be standing and moving about the majority of the day; don't put yourself in a position where you're worrying about too-tight jeans or a hemline that keeps riding up.

Keep these points in mind as you check out the five festival trends we're most excited about below. From whimsical fabrications to punchy accessories, all signs are pointing to this being a summer to remember.


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Em Rata's latest look is festival-ready.

1. Top-to-Toe Crochet


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Style Notes: Crochet isn't exactly a novel idea for a festival, but there's no denying that it's peaked in popularity over the past couple of months—in and out of the festival scene. Personally, I think it looks the chicest in a neutral hue like cream or black.

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2. Cowboy Boots


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Style Notes: I know it's not just me that's got the cowboy-boots bug because I've been spotting them all over Instagram lately. If you've made the wise decision to wear full-coverage footwear, this is a more summer-appropriate option than Chelsea boots and the like. When spending the day in a muddy field, I'd choose these over sandals any day.

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3. Statement Fringing


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Style Notes: If it's got fringe on it, it's 2023 approved. You won't be able to resist dancing in this playful trend, especially if you opt for a longline fringed dress like Imani (note how she's paired hers with cowboy boots—that's two trends in one look).

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4. All-Over Crystals


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Style Notes: This festival season, the more bejewelled the better. I'm sure you saw some of the crystal-adorned makeup looks people were rocking at Coachella, and their clothing choices were just as shimmery. Chunky rhinestones and beaded pieces will catch the light beautifully as you bop the night away.

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5. Milkmaid Necklines


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Style Notes: If you're not the type to go all-out with shimmer and fringing, keep things simple with a romantic milkmaid-style dress. Brands such as Dôen and Reformation have so many pretty cotton pieces that are perfect for a hot day spent drinking and dancing in a field. Sign me up.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.