Trust Me—I'm an Editor: What Do I Wear to My Friend's Hen Do?

As fashion editors, unsurprisingly, we're the go-to sources of information for our friends and family when it comes to anything style-related. Whether it's a dress for a big date or simply the perfect white tee, we've addressed every question you could imagine. This inspired us to create a new series, Trust Me—I'm an Editor, that allows you, the reader, to get in on the action. What sartorial dilemmas are you facing right now? What problem can we apply our extensive shopping knowledge to? You can shoot us questions via Instagram or our Facebook shopping group, So... Should I Buy This? Use us—you know you want to.

What do you wear to a hen do? The fact is that there's not one simple sartorial solution. Every hen do comes with a myriad of scheduled activities, and each one lasts an entire day (if not a weekend). That means your outfit really needs to work hard to not only last from pancakes at breakfast to partying at night, but also be practical and comfortable enough to wear for a 12-hour period, minimum.

And the fact is that if it's your best friend's wedding, the likelihood is that you've organised the hen do for all 20 of her closest mates; such is the logistical nightmare of the whole thing that you've probably barely had time think about what to pack. This is why we decided to address this particular style dilemma as part of our Trust Me—I'm an Editor series, as wedding season is almost upon us. We've also had a number of people take to our Facebook group to ask for our help in this area.

So whether you're heading to a far-flung destination or getting cosy in the countryside, scroll down to see our suggestions.

The Far-Flung 'Do

What to wear on a hen do: pack summer dresses, espadrilles and a bikini for a weekend getaway in the sun


Pandora Sykes

Being away for an entire weekend means more clothing to pack, but chances are you'll be flying with hand luggage only, so multipurpose dresses are really essential. Choose ones that are dressy enough for the bar but not too delicate for the beach. Stow them in your beach bag to throw on over your bikini after dark. Style with a pair of simple yet comfortable espadrilles for a chic day-to-night look. Don't forget the sun cream.

The Boozy Saturday Bash

We've all been to one of those hen parties where you start the day around noon for a late boozy bottomless brunch, followed by a wealth of activities like life-drawing sessions, a cocktail-making class and a prosecco-fuelled treasure hunt.

A chic yet comfortable day dress is an ideal choice for this sort of hen—the easy throw-on style with a fun print means you don't have to worry about accessorising, and the high neck, hem and sleeve mean you can spend more time having fun than worrying about feeling too exposed. Pair with sneakers to both dress it down and ensure your feet last all night.

The Country Retreat

What to wear on a hen do: pack chic pyjamas, comfy trousers, T-shirts and cosy sweaters for a country retreat


Pandora Sykes

What do you mean, you need more than just pyjamas for a country retreat? Okay, you probably do. But this suitcase needs to be all about the basics. Think comfy trousers, easy T-shirts and cosy sweaters for evenings in the garden when the sun has gone down. And don't forget your pyjamas—opt for luxe sleepwear that works for daytime, too, for when you really don't want to get dressed.

The City Break

What to wear on a hen do: take simply separates and flat shoes on a city break


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Off to the continent for a weekend of sightseeing and sangria sipping? What you need is a series of easy-wearing simple separates that you can mix and match. A pair of loose black trousers, a selection of good cotton T-shirts and at least one fun top are essential. Plus, you should pack a couple pairs of flats for pounding the pavements in and a good pair of heels for evenings. Oh, and your sunglasses.

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