Festival season is when we can really have fun with fashion, busting out sassy sequins and rainbow hues, ready to dance all day and night.

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But, since any outdoor pursuit in this part of the world is dependent on the whims of the weather, you’ll also need to make a few practical purchases before you depart for a weekend of field-based debauchery.

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail, as they say, so if you're heading to a music festival this summer, you'd better pack appropriately. 

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To that end, we’ve rounded up a bunch of jazzy outfits for your best-case scenario – non-stop sunshine – plus the coolest wellies and waterproofs for if (or should that be when?) the heavens open.

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Strike the right sartorial balance with these key buys…

Festival fun
Even if you are blessed with glorious weather, don't be tempted to dress like you’re going to the beach.

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Your favourite floaty maxi dress will like end up with very dirty hems, or covered in beer, so save it for holiday time.

Instead, a playsuit or boilersuit are the perfect festival friends, ideal for frolicking in fields and teaming with wellies or runners, respectively.

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Sequins are practically compulsory, so throw a sequinned cape over your playsuit or pair a glittering top with your favourite denim shorts.

If it’s dry underfoot (hooray!), tap into this season’s sporty sandal trend – these comfy but cool styles won’t leave you with blisters, now matter how long you boogie.

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Finally, you'll need a trusty little bag to keep your valuables safe and a bumbag is the answer (worn in the modern cross-body style, of course).

Miss Selfridge Pale Pink All Over Sequin Playsuit
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Miss Selfridge Pale Pink All Over Sequin Playsuit, currently reduced to €35 from €69

Dorothy Perkins Orange Tropical Print Playsuit, £15.40 (was £22); Natural Flavia Sliders
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Dorothy Perkins Orange Tropical Print Playsuit, €29; Natural Flavia Sliders, reduced to €9 from €26

New Look Multicoloured Tassel Sequin Cape
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New Look Multicoloured Tassel Sequin Cape, €24.99

Simply Be Purple Animal Sequin Sport Rib Top
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Simply Be Purple Animal Sequin Sport Rib Top, currently reduced to €32 from €37

Monsoon Kyra Denim Shorts
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Monsoon Kyra Denim Shorts, £35

Office Marshall Chunky Multi Strap Sandals
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Office Marshall Chunky Multi Strap Sandals, €51

Accessorize Sequin Belt Bag
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Accessorize Sequin Belt Bag, £25

Oliver Bonas Textured Woven White Belt Bag
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Oliver Bonas Textured Woven White Belt Bag, €38.50

Practical picks
Don’t let a little precipitation dampen your spirits – just keep calm, throw on a waterproof and carry on partying.

This summer, take your pick from transparent raincoats and bright parka macs that will keep you dry without cramping your style.

Complete your wet-weather look with a pair of patent or glitter wellies. These shiny boots are so fun you might even find yourself praying for rain…

Yours Pink Pocket Parka Jacket With Hood
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Yours Pink Pocket Parka Jacket With Hood, currently reduced to €27 from €33

White Stuff PacAMac
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White Stuff PacAMac, €54.95

Shoezone Womens Black Multi Glitter Wellington Boots
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Shoezone Womens Black Multi Glitter Wellington Boots, €16.99

Graceland Magenta Long Leg Wellington Boots
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Graceland Magenta Long Leg Wellington Boots, £19.99, Deichmann