The 10 Items You Need To Look Great At A Summer Festival

Just leave that vest at home

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It's summer - apparently - which means the post-Glastonbury festival season is officially in full swing and you're going to need some clothes to wear ...unless you're going to Burning Man, but that's a story for another day.

Here we breakdown the 10 festival essentials that will help you stay dry, comfortable and - above all - stylish, so you can enjoy your weekend mud bath watching bands without compromising your look.

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1 | Rain Coat

The law of summer states that it will be glorious weather until you set foot inside a festival, after which it will rain constantly. This cruel truth means that it is imperative you pack a high-quality, lightweight rain coat that can take a bit of a beating.

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Rains Classic Jacket, £75, rains.dk

Norse Projects Lindisfarne Summer Cotton Jacket, £295, norseprojects.com

2 | Trainers that look better beaten up

When it comes to festival footwear, definitely, definitely leave those box fresh Common Projects at home. It's not worth it. Instead, opt for a classic that you don't mind subjecting to a bit of wear and tear. In fact, they'll look even better for it.

Vans Old Skool, £52, vans.com

Chuck Taylor All Star 70, converse.com

3 | Statement Shirt

While you'll definitely want to bin that Slipknot vest that you took to Reading Festival when you were 17, there's no reason why you can't have a bit of fun with your shirts. Luckily for you printed short-sleeves are huge this summer, meaning you don't even have to be ironic when it comes to sporting a statement shirt.

Topman Premium Liberty Print Shirt £50, topman.com

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Gucci Hibiscus Shirt, £300, gucci.com

4 | Denim Shorts

When someone mentions denim shorts, you'd be forgiven for conjuring up images of disastrously cut, acid wash monstrosities worn by forgotten '80s punk bands. But it really doesn't have to be that way. The benefit of denim shorts is that they are versatile, durable and cut a little bit more of an edge than their chino cousins. Stick to black or dark blue and pair with a printed or chambray shirt, or a plain white-t for a timeless festival outfit.

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H&M Denim Shorts, £19.99, hm.com

Cos Denim Shorts, £55, cosstores.com

5 | Waterproof Watch

Give the steel bracelet watch a precautionary rest and instead go for a timepiece that is both hardwearing and water proof; with either a rubber or NATO strap to (hopefully) help with the heat.

Swatch Kaicco, £76, swatch.com

Tag Heuer Connected Watch, £1,100, tagheuer.com

6 | Jeans

The carthorse of your festival wardrobe, the jean is the trusty item that will carry you through the mud and mayhem. Choose black or selvedge in a slim, but not too slim cut.

Levi's 522 Slim Taper Jeans, £65, levi.com

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A.P.C Petit New Standard Selvedge Jeans, £135, apc.fr

7 | Sunglasses

Even if the sun isn't out you're still going to need a solid pair of shades if only to mask your accumulative Sunday hangover. Choose sturdy frames rather than delicate wire aviators. You're probably (definitely) going to drop them a few times along the way.

Oakley Frogskins, £85, oakley.com

Orlebar Brown + Linda Farrow Round-Frame Sunglasses, £200, mrporter.com

8 | Nylon weekend bag

Now is not the time for your lambskin leather holdall, no matter how attached you are to it. Opt for a travel bag in ripstop nylon. It will be able to endure the potential horrors of your tent and you'll be able to wash (most of) the mud from it once you're back in civilisation.

i love ugly Otto Duffle, £79, iloveugly.com

Paul Smith 'Boom Box' Holdall, £395, paulsmith.co.uk

9 | Hiking boots

Wellies may well be a British festival institution in their own right, but if the ever fickle British weather decides to turn for the better, you can be left trudging around in what can feel like knee length rubber greenhouses. Never pleasant. Choose instead a waterproof hiking boot - one of the year's big footwear trends.

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Fracap Scarpacino Boot, £199, endclothing.com

Grenson Brady Boot, £230, grenson.com

10 | Chambray Shirt

The light and breathable alternative to your heavy winter denim shirt, chambray can be easily dressed up or down, while being hardy enough to survive the festival elements.

Next Chambray Grandad Shirt, £25, next.co.uk

Polo Ralph Lauren Chambray Shirt, £110, ralphlauren.com

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