Festival-ready accessories

You just scored yourself free tickets at the last minute. Now what do you wear?

best festival accessories for women

Words: Afrika Lethabo Bogatsu | Photographs: Rex Features

With so much happening – this block party, that concert, and a long list of festivals popping up on your social calendar – it’s very difficult to keep up. Shopping for a whole new outfit for each one makes no sense when ticket prices already take a huge big chunk of your budget. Not to worry, here’s a list of accessories that will transform an everyday closet staple to a festival ready ensemble, in no time. So you’ll always be ready when your friend surprises you with an extra ticket to Daisies.

Neck of the woods


Often overlooked, scarves are incredibly versatile. Whether worn around your neck, on your head or even around your waist, scarves can elevate any outfit and give it a dose of eclecticism. Throw a printed scarf over a basic black bikini for an effortlessly chic, beach-ready look.

Throw some shade

Throw some shade

A must-have for festival goers, sunglasses will not only save you from squinting all day long but they’ll have you looking super cool. With a wide range of sunglasses available in different shapes and shades, you can choose more than one and switch it up. Added bonus: you can stare at your crush without them noticing.

Just put it in the bag


Throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care – when you’re sure all your valuables are safe and secure in a bag, that looks cool too. Try a summer-ready boho bag with embroidery, aztec-style print and tassels. Wear it with shorts a crop top and strappy espadrilles. Or grab a backpack and pair it with high-waisted leggings, a vest and sneakers for a sporty look.

Let’s get waisted

Let’s get waisted

Transform one of your brother’s shirts (don’t worry, he won’t miss it) into a chic shirt dress with a western belt and matching ankle boots. You can take it to the next level with a corset belt from Vero Moda and knee-high boots.

Keep a level head

best festival hats

Headgear is a must-have for all festivals. Not only will it protect you from the sun, but it's also great at hiding your unwashed hair if dry shampoo isn’t your vibe. You can go for a classic street wear staple with a New Era trucker, and pledge your allegiance to East or West Coast rap at the hip-hop stage, or go a little glam with a satin finish cap from Missguided.

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