Festival Fashion Essentials: The Best Festival Bags

Festival Fashion Essentials: The Best Festival Bags

You've had a drink in one hand and your phone in the other since the moment you got there, and the sky won't hurry up and decide whether it's raining, shining, or both. Even before Day One is out, you'll either be rejoicing in your choice of festival bag or ruing the day you so much as glanced at a suede clutch.

While high-end fashion goes all DIY-tastic this season (think patches galore, more studs than a football team, and oh-so distressed denim) the best festival bags are going to withstand some pretty hefty physical tests, while embracing the chance to enhance your finely curated festival look.

In the first instalment of our Festival Fashion Essentials series, we run through seven classic and on-trend shapes and styles – complete with save, spend and splurge options for each – that could be your new festival bezzie.


Bum Bag

Apparently there was a time when bum bags weren't ok, so let's just take a moment to sigh in relief that those dark days are behind us. Retro revival really doesn't get more festival-friendly than a fanny pack – I know, I know, we'll stick with 'bum bag', agreed? Good.

Black maximises your pairing options, or go with camo if print is your thing. 

Save: Adidas Performance, Black

Spend: Eastpak, Bundel Into, Camo

Splurge: Royal RepubliQ, Darth, Brown

Crossbody Bag

Classic Crossbody bags are your dependable, versatile go-to if you need a little more space than a bum bag. Whether you wear it short or long, in sleek black or vibrant red, a crossbody will see you through even the longest of festival days.

Save: Anna Field, Brown

Spend: DKNY, Bryant Park, Scarlet

Splurge: Ralph Lauren, Carmen, Red

Saddle Bag

The It bag of a few seasons ago, Saddle bags have made their elegant way from catwalks to the shoulders of actual real-life people, bringing their defining flap detail and rounded bottoms to add a soft twist of country glamour to the crossbody style.

Save: Anna Field, Red

Spend: Fossil, Medium Brown

Splurge: Michael Kors, Maxine, Orange

Bucket Bag

Bigger at the top than the bottom – like, uh, a bucket – Bucket bags strike a great balance between space available and the carryability of smaller shapes. A simple style will go with almost any outfit, but then again the ops to get your fringing game on are almost too good to miss.

Save: Even&Odd, Black

Spend: Ralph Lauren, Eloise, Burnished Brown

SplurgeLoeffler Randall, Industry

Mini Rucksack

Every grassy/muddy dancefloor across Europe this summer will glimpse its fair share of mini rucksacks, as a super compact way of limiting your load while leaving you free to dance like no one's watching.

SaveOVS, Black

Spend: Picard, Luis, Cognac

Splurge: Sonia Rykiel, Sonia, Platine

(Non-Mini) Rucksack

Meanwhile, the mini rucksack's more conventional big sister is as ubiquitous as ever. Bold colours, perfect patchwork, fun metallic shines and luxurious leather all look at home slung over two shoulders.

Save: Even&Odd, Rose

Spend: Tommy Hilfiger, Gigi Hadid / Liebeskind, Lotta, Cognac

Splurge: Rebecca Minkoff, Julian

Duffle / Weekend Bag

A duffle bag ain't for stages and food stalls, but the car-to-tent pilgrimage (and then back again when it's all over) calls for something a little bigger. Pack wisely, make sure someone else is carrying all the really heavy stuff, and stride forward knowing you're the most stylish camper around.

Save: Pieces, PCLADY, Deep Lichen Green

Spend: Royal RepubliQ, Weekend Bag, Twilight Olive

Splurge: Malene Birger, Popsicle

This article is in collaboration with Zalando. For more festival fashion ideas, head to Zalando's Forever Festival feature and shop some exclusive looks.

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