Glastonbury incoming… Your guide to festival jewellery for 2024

How to rock at Glastonbury with Vanessa Chilton and Rachel Fanconi

There’s nothing Vanessa Chilton and Rachel Fanconi don’t know about Glastonbury.

Chilton, Robinson Pelham Co-Founder, has been a regular attendee since 2004. Meanwhile, stylist Fanconi made waves last year with her incredible styling for the one and only Jo Whiley. Rachel’s currently getting Jo’s looks ready for this year’s festival later this month, but she still managed to find the time to discuss her festival jewellery and style dos and don’ts with Vanessa.

Whatever the weather, the music will play and the fashion moments will be embraced.

Be it feathers, glitter and sequins, or the on-trend cowboy look, jewellery elevates an outfit and can take you from day to night without worrying about storing items.  

Here, Vanessa and Rachel share their top tips and select their go-to Robinson Pelham pieces for adding sparkle and fun to your festival jewellery this season.

Festival jewellery: The Summer 2024 edit

By Rachel Fanconi

“A stack of Robinson Pelham Spinner rings and Constellation bracelets tap into the current trend for all things personalised and astrological. It also adds the perfect finishing touch to any nouveau boho look. 

A cool curation of EarWishes and WishBacks is the easiest way to switch your look from rock ‘n’ roll to hippy bliss. My personal choice would be a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll; an homage to summers of old. I’d also add a gold Victory EarWish, a Rainbow EarWish together with a third eye stud and a rainbow long WishBack and a stack of orb cuffs in rainbow colours.

Avoid feather boas; they only leave a huge mess for someone else to clean up. Instead, opt for Robinson Pelham’s feather earrings for a chic country-western homage. 

The Identity necklace is the ultimate stealth luxe choice that you can dress up or down; wear as it is or add the stunning new Stereo playing pendant (just about to go on the website) for a megawatt rock-star feel. 

Robinson Pelham’s turquoise ear curations are on-point for a little ‘yee haw’ fabulousness.  A combination of the massive turquoise/diamond hoops and the turquoise WishDish worn with an Akida hoop equals low-key cowgirl perfection. 

Wafty Rainbow Child dresses also call for the new Wish Necklace, a gorgeously optimistic hit of colour and sparkle that looks even better layered with Utopia in juicy fruit tones.”

By Vanessa Chilton, Co-Founder, Robinson Pelham

“My top pieces for Glasto (and any other festival this summer) include an entire ear stack of goodies from the EarMenu. This year, they include feather and crossbones Wishback, turquoise Wishdishes and Spock (pear shape studs in bright enamel set with diamond pear shapes) with Orb hoops and EarWishes including the dragonfly, short feathers, long feathers, Starry Night and Third Eye Ray.

I also like to have a couple of necklaces too; one short and one long. Length is key as I always wear a bum bag slung over one shoulder across the body and filled with essentials. I like to wear jewellery that you can keep on day and night.

This year, I’m planning to wear my Robinson Pelham North Star pendant and layer it with my Fortune Heart pendant around my neck with varying lengths of Utopia for colour.

Our Identity necklace with a Rainbow Bar sometimes makes an appearance. One of my friends has this necklace and she wears it every Glastonbury without fail!”

Top stylist secrets for pulling off the perfect festival look 

Rachel Fanconi’s top tips:

  • Dress comfortably (obviously).
  • Layer: don’t be tricked into thinking you won’t need a warm layer. Make sure you have some cashmere and a trusty waterproof jacket; try Marfa Stance or Colin Horgan.
  • Add some sparkle that you can wear with everything for instant elevation – Robinson Pelham jewellery is perfect for this!
  • Also, for boho glam dresses that you roll up and stuff in a backpack, try Hansine and Farm Rio.
  • Brilliant architectural pieces by Karina Bond  and Chet Lo can be scrunched in a ball while retaining their shape. 
  • An upcycled jacket from Mrs Lang @mrslang (located in Deal) is practical and guaranteed to sprinkle a bit of festival magic!
  • Bring combat trousers. Zara has some great wide-leg options or just root a pair of Maharishis out of the attic (also on Vestiaire from about £115 upwards). 
  • A hat is always a must and this year’s Glastonbury will be a sea of cowboys. Up your game with Austin from Michel Paris or Free People’s Fame style in straw. 
  • Cowboy boots (naturally) are unavoidable. The best are by Terry de HavillandPenelope Chilvers or offthehooklondon.com. Don’t forget socks and some Compeed blister plasters (a stylist’s favourite!)
  • Trainers… comfort is queen! Head to Flower Mountain, Sole Bliss, Wushu or Salomon. 
  • It could be a wellies year! And it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Burberry’s sturdy rubber boots (priced at £650 and selling out fast on Net-a-Porter) will see you through anything. Alternatively, the Ugg see-through Drizlita style, now reduced to £41.99 on Ugg.com, offers a touch of full-fashion madness, and you can show off your pedi at the same time! 
  • Tabitha Webb’s slogan tops also feel like a must for this year’s Glastonbury.

Vanessa Chilton packing essentials

  • I always pack one of those big, recycled zip bags stuffed with clothes for every eventuality. Jackets, dresses, boots, trainers, wellies, macs, hats, tops etc. My husband often complains that the car is too full, but I know from experience that not bringing enough can mean you are caught short if the weather changes!
  • I get cold, so layers are key for me. When we head off for the afternoon and night, I always have at least two extra layers with me so that I don’t freeze. Often it will be my pink Colmar jacket or one from Free People tied around my waist. I’ll also be wearing a smaller bright, sparkly top/ jacket.
  • Shoes are either my short bright turquoise Lucchese cowboy boots that my husband bought me in Nashville or trainers (and wellies, obviously, if the ground is wet). Thick socks are a must-have too as we do so much walking. I think one year we covered 68 miles over four days!
  • My bag this year is green suede from Scamp & Dude. It has tassels and lots of zips and compartments (so handy for finding things!)
  • Jumpsuits are a nightmare – avoid them. If you’re like me and wear crossbody bags and tie things around your waist, it can get complicated when you need a pee!
  • I’ll also be taking my essentials from my friend Tabitha Webb (no one knows better how to embrace the cowboy vibe). These include my chevron sparkly tops, my cowboy boots cardigan and ‘Cool it Cowboy’ top, which is perfect for the day as it’s short-sleeved but also beautifully soft and warm for the nights.

Now that you know where to go and what to buy, you’re all set to nail festival jewellery and style this season. Shop Robinson Pelham for perfect colourful festival jewellery for summer, winter and beyond.