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. Wedding and hen-party season is upon us, so we rounded up the best and most practical outfits for any type of pre-wedding bash.
The Ibiza Weekender
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. And style with a pair of simple yet comfortable espadrilles for a chic day-to-night look. Don't forget the sun cream.
We love this antique print.
This dress is a linen mix, so it's perfect for keeping cool.
Wear with a T-shirt under this one at home.
The ultimate Spanish shoe style.
The Boozy Saturday Bash
We've all been to one of these hen parties. Start the morning around midday for a late boozy bottomless brunch, followed by a wealth of activities like live-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.
Wear also to the office.
Style with simple white kicks.
Wear again on vacation.
The classic tennis shoe, but better.
The Country Retreat
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.
Pyjamas can be a sophisticated affair.
Track pants that are more like actual pants.
The perfectly proportioned T-shirt.
Won't take up space in your case.
Are these slippers or shoes? Either way, they're chic.
Three Days in Barcelona
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 is essential; pack a selection of good cotton T-shirts and at least one fun top. Plus, a couple of pairs of flats for pounding the pavements in, and a good pair of heels for evenings. Oh, and your sunglasses.
Loose enough to keep cool. Buy the polka-dot blouse too here.
The platform sole means these are super comfy.
In this season's must-wear hue.
Look far more expensive than they are.
Now all you need to do is save up all that dosh…