How to Style Your Festival Wellies

How to Style Your Festival Wellies

How to Style Your Wellies for a Festival

Festival season is upon us, and whether you're heading to one of the big names or a cosy local country show, one thing is for sure: wellies are a must-have.

The iconic Hunter wellies have become a staple at Glastonbury, with celebs like Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne often spotted in theirs over the years. But you don't need to be a celebrity to rock a great pair of festival wellies!

In this blog post, we'll share some of our top tips for styling your favourite wellington boots to create the perfect festival look. Wellies can be the star of your outfit, and we're here to show you how.


The Importance of Wellies at Festivals

Music festivals are all about having a good time, rain or shine, and a pair of wellies is your best friend when it comes to dealing with unpredictable weather and muddy grounds. Trust me, once you find the right pair, you'll never look back!

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing:

  • Material: Look for those made from high-quality, durable rubber if you want to avoid wet feet. This ensures they are waterproof and can withstand walking, dancing, and the British weather.
  • Fit: Make sure your boots fit snugly but comfortably. They should provide enough room for thick socks but not be so loose that they slip off your feet.
  • Durability: Opt for brands known for their longevity, like Hunter, Cotswold, and Ariat. If you invest in a decent pair that you know will last, then you're sorted for next year's festivals too.

Cotswold Sandringham Wellies in different colours lined up on a wooden backdrop

While comfort and practicality are key, it’s equally important to pick a pair you love the look of. After all, you’ll be wearing them all day, and they’ll be a major part of your festival attire.

Opt for classic tall boots for a timeless look or choose mid-length boots for a more relaxed vibe. Short wellies can be a fun and practical option if you prefer a bit more freedom around your calves.

For instance, if you love a touch of elegance, a sleek, buckle-strap design might be perfect for you. Or, if you’re into a more rugged, country look, consider a pair with a robust, rustic feel. The goal is to find wellington boots that not only fit well but also match your personal style and make you feel confident and festival-ready.

Styling Tips for Wellies at Festivals

Think of your wellies as a blank canvas for your festival outfit. However you choose to style them should reflect your own personality and comfort levels. If you like how it looks, wear them that way! 

We've put together a few ideas to spark some inspiration and to show how versatile the humble wellington truly is.


Casual Chic:

  • Pair your wellies with denim shorts and a boho top for a relaxed yet stylish look. A flannel shirt tied around your waist can add a touch of country flair.
  • For example, tall wellies like the bestselling Cotswold Sandringham Buckle Strap Wellingtons can look great with a high-waisted pair of shorts and a crop top, providing both comfort and a fashionable edge.


Edgy Look:


Cosy Vibe:

  • An oversized sweater or chunky knit cardigan paired with leggings or skinny jeans is perfect for those cooler weather days.
  • Mid-length wellies can keep your feet warm and still look fab, especially if you add some fun, patterned socks in bright colours that peek out from the top. We personally love the Cotswold Womens Farmyard Mid Wellington Boots as a cute and fun pair of boots.


Classic Country Style:

  • Think tweed jackets or waistcoats with blouses and fitted trousers or a simple dress.
  • Wellies with buckle straps or adjustable backs, such as the Ariat Women's Kelmarsh Wellington Boots, add a refined touch, making you look both classic and contemporary. Plus, they keep your feet comfortable all day long! 

 Woman wearing coat, jumper, jeans, and Ariat Kelmarsh Wellies walking outdoors carrying rolled up blanket

Romantic Countryside:

  • A floral dress or skirt paired with a lightweight cardigan or shawl can create a soft, romantic look.
  • Tall, adjustable wellies can keep you looking elegant while being the perfect choice to tackle any festival terrain. You can't go wrong with the classic Hunter Womens Original Tall Back Adjustable Wellington Boots here, especially as they are offered in a range of colours.

Remember, festivals are all about having fun and expressing yourself, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your outfit choices. Whether you opt for a casual chic ensemble or a classic country wear, the most important thing is to feel good in what you’re wearing.


How to Clean Wellies - Care and Maintenance Tips

To ensure your wellies last through multiple festivals and keep looking their best, it’s essential to take good care of them.

We've put together a great guide on how to care for your wellies that we'd suggest checking out, but we've also rounded up some key pointers below:

  1. After each festival, rinse off the mud and dirt using cold water and a soft brush. Avoid using hot water as it can damage the rubber.
  2. For stubborn dirt, mix a solution of water and mild soap. Use a sponge to gently scrub the boots, then rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  3. Allow your wellies to air dry naturally. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, which can cause the rubber to crack. Stuffing with newspaper can help them dry faster and retain their shape, or you could use boot trees.
  4. It is advisable to store them on a boot rack, if possible. 

We'd also suggest investing in a boot bag - both for storage at home and for during the festival when not in use. 



At Hollands, we understand the importance of having the perfect pair of festival wellies, which is why we offer a great collection to choose from. Whether you're braving a sudden downpour or dancing in the mud, our waterproof boots are the perfect choice to keep your feet comfy and dry.

And if you're more of a festival boots type of person, be sure to check out our Ariat Western Boots collection for a chic and fashionable alternative choice of footwear.

Do you have any other tips for styling wellies at festivals? Share them in the comments below! 


About the Author

With her extensive firsthand experience of farm life and a keen eye for quality, Sarah Holland's advice on womens country clothing reflects her genuine appreciation for the joys and comfort of rural living. Whether it's a smart tweed jacket for a formal occasion or durable wellies for muddy walks, she knows what works for life in the countryside. Sarah loves sharing her knowledge and insights to help others discover the perfect attire for their outdoor lifestyle.

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