12 Outfits To Wear To A Bonfire & Other Outdoorsy Events

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Summer nights aren’t complete without going to a bonfire or two! To get you started looking your best, have a read through our guide to the best outfits to wear for bonfire nights.

When the weather is warm long into the night, it can only mean one thing: it’s the perfect time of the year for outdoor/backyard events, like a summer bonfire.

A bonfire party is the perfect excuse to get together with friends and enjoy a warm night in a casual setting. A bonfire is a man-made fire pit usually set up in a backyard, though a beach bonfire feels very ‘Laguna Beach’. Either way, a bonfire display provides some good old-fashioned fun!

The parties are usually relaxed, and so the perfect bonfire outfit should be too. In this article, we’ll give you some ideas for outfits that are perfect for your next bonfire look. Whether you’re going to a beach bonfire or just hanging out in a friend’s backyard, we’ve got you covered with the best tips for bonfire night outfits, as well as a mini guide to similar bonfire events in the UK and Scandinavia.

What To Wear To A Bonfire

1. Plaid Shirt

A flannel shirt is the quintessential fall clothing item. It works perfectly for that in-between weather and can be easily removed if the temperature picks up.

This also styles well with other casual elements such as leggings and boots. Just make sure to wear something underneath, like a tank top or T-shirt.

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Lovers and Friends Harlow Flannel Shacket
Lovers and Friends

Harlow Flannel Shacket

At Revolve

ZELLA Live In High Waist Leggings
ZELLA

Live In High Waist Leggings

At Nordstrom

Sam Edelman Laguna Waterproof Lug Sole Chelsea Boots
Sam Edelman

Laguna Waterproof Chelsea Boots

At Nordstrom

2. Knit Dress + Ugg Boots

Nothing is quite as cozy as a thick knitted dress. Again, this can be dressed up with boots or dressed down with sneakers.

If the weather is cold, you can wear stockings underneath, or if it’s a maxi dress, a pair of thermal leggings hidden underneath is the perfect layering option.

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& Other Stories Mock Neck Knit Midi Dress
& Other Stories

Mock Neck Knit Midi Dress

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UGG Mini Bailey Button II Genuine Shearling Boots
UGG

Mini Bailey Shearling Boots

At Nordstrom

Chloe Marcie Medium Saddle Crossbody Bag
Chloé

Marcie Medium Saddle Bag

At Neiman Marcus

3. Shacket

A shacket is a really good choice to wear for a bonfire. It’s a hybrid item that looks like a shirt but is worn as a jacket.

This looks great when styled with jeans for a dressed-up look, or again if it’s a super chilled night, a pair of leggings will be comfortable and still put together.

You can even accessorize with a felt hat or beanie for an extra element.

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MADEWELL Corduroy Kentwood Oversize Shirt Jacket
MADEWELL

Corduroy Kentwood Shirt Jacket

At Nordstrom

SER.O.YA Aston Jeans
SER.O.YA

Aston Jeans

At Revolve

Reformation Solandis Knit Bodysuit
Reformation

Solandis Knit Bodysuit

At Reformation

4. Jeans

You can never go wrong with a pair of jeans, especially for outdoor events. If you struggle to find jeans to suit your outfit, pay attention to the silhouette.

If you are wearing an oversized top or jacket, go for skinny jeans to balance out the look. Otherwise, boyfriend jeans will look fantastic with a bodysuit-style top or a tucked-in button-down.

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& Other Stories Oversized Leather Shearling Jacket
& Other Stories

Oversized Leather Shearling Jacket

At & Other Stories

Reformation Lexi High Rise Wide Leg Jeans
Reformation

Lexi High Rise Wide Leg Jeans

At Reformation

Comme Des Garçons Hidden Heart High Top Sneakers
Comme Des Garçons

Hidden Heart High Top Sneakers

At Nordstrom

5. Plaid/Tweed Blazer

This is a great option if the climate is too cold to omit a jacket from your outfit. Tweed is a Scottish fabric and was traditionally worn by farmers to help them through the cold winter.

Luckily, you have the bonfire for heat. However, an outdoor party is the perfect setting to make your plaid blazer feel at home.

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RAG & BONE Razor Leather Blazer
Alice + Olivia

Colley Glen Plaid Longline Blazer

At Nordstrom

ALLSAINTS Cora Leggings
ALLSAINTS

Cora Leggings

At Revolve

& Other Stories Squared Toe Leather Loafers
& Other Stories

Squared Toe Leather Loafers

At & Other Stories

6. Cozy Sweater

A classic winter knit is the perfect garment to add extra warmth while also looking stylish. You can go for a thick sweater to wear alone or go for a thin base layer to wear under a jacket [or shacket].

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& Other Stories Oversized Mock Neck Wool Sweater
& Other Stories

Oversized Mock Neck Wool Sweater

At & Other Stories

Reformation Wide Leg Sweatpants
Reformation

Wide Leg Sweatpants

At Reformation

UGG Tazz Slippers
UGG

Tazz Slippers

At Revolve

7. High Boots

Long boots are perfect for the outdoors, especially if the event is a little more dressy or coincides with a birthday.

Go for a flat boot or one with a thick heel, as stilettos and grass don’t usually cooperate well.

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RAG & BONE Razor Leather Blazer
RAG & BONE

Razor Leather Blazer

At Nordstrom

PAIGE Hoxton Ankle Jeans
PAIGE

Hoxton Ankle Jeans

At Revolve

Reformation River Knee Boots
Reformation

River Knee Boots

At Reformation

What to wear to bonfire night in the UK

Outdoor party culture differs all over the world. In the UK, they have a dedicated ‘bonfire night’ also known as Guy Fawkes Night. This is an annual holiday on the 5th of November and commemorates the day Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London.

Now, this holiday is more of a celebration, and patrons get involved by attending or hosting a firework display either in a public area or their own back garden. Because of the weather at this time of year, this is an event where one must be wrapped up warm. Here are three outfit options for UK bonfire night.

1. Long Puffer Jacket

A waterproof jacket in November is a must. The weather can be unpredictable, and it wouldn’t be much fun to stand in the rain without one.

If you’re worried about looking frumpy, find a long jacket with vents on the side or a toggle to cinch in the waist.

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ANINE BING Andy Coat
ANINE BING

Andy Coat

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ANINE BING Sport Jeremy Baseball Cap
ANINE BING

Sport Jeremy Baseball Cap

At Revolve

Reformation Muse Tee
Reformation

Muse Tee

At Reformation

2. Teddy Coat

Maybe not the best option if you’ll be standing in front of a bonfire, but you won’t find anything much cozier than a warm teddy coat.

Though bonfire night is s family event, sometimes local hotels or country estates will host a more formal display, and so this is the perfect option to be warm but still look chic.

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Beige teddy jacket
Lamarque

Badu Jacket

At Revolve

Mini Ugg boot
UGG

Ultra Mini Classic Boot

At Nordstrom

Light wash baggy jeans
Re/Done

Originals The Long Loose

At Revolve

3. Rain Boots

Also known as Wellington boots in the UK, these aren’t always the most glamorous option, but if you’re attending a firework display in a field or park, it will be the best option for you.

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Beige classic coat
Vince

Classic Straight Coat

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Burberry rain boots
Burberry

Simeon Check Waterproof Rain Boot

At Nordstrom

Black leather mini skirt
MINKPINK

Lani Mini Skirt

At Revolve

What to wear to Scandinavian Midsummer

Scandinavian Midsummer is widely celebrated in Nordic countries [Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland], and Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), and has analogs in some Slavic countries.

Though the official date of the celebration is typically on the 24th of June, the longest day of the year aka the summer solstice, bigger celebrations are usually held on the closest weekend to the official date. This day can be traced back to ancient rituals which focus on the changing of seasons and what this means for nature and fertility.

Nowadays, the celebrations, customs and clothing vary from country to country, yet traditionally a bonfire is always present. While there is no official dress code in Finland and the Baltic countries, in Scandinavia, locals usually dress in white and wear headpieces resembling flower crowns.

If you’re planning a trip to see the bonfire celebrations for yourself, we’ve put together some outfit options to wear for a Scandinavian Midsummer!

1. Maxi Dresses

This is a classic look for Midsummer, particularly if it’s an all-white cotton dress. 

This is also similar to the traditional folk costumes that are worn at Midsummer, though the younger generations are finding ways to incorporate their personal styles as opposed to sticking to traditions. If it gets cold, wear a matching white sweater over your maxi dress, like pictured in the outfit above.

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Reformation Joanne Cotton Cardigan
Reformation

Joanne Cotton Cardigan

At Reformation

 A.L.C Mackenna Eyelet Deep-V Maxi Dress
A.L.C

Mackenna Eyelet Deep-V Maxi Dress

At Neiman Marcus

Celine Triomphe Logo Oval Acetate Sunglasses
Celine

Triomphe Oval Acetate Sunglasses

At Neiman Marcus

2. Two-piece set

Similarly to maxi dresses, a linen or cotton two-piece set references traditional outfits while being a touch of new-world fashion.

Go for something clean-cut and flowy to embrace the laidback Scandi style.

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Reformation Yucca Linen Two Piece
Reformation

Yucca Linen Two Piece

At Reformation

Tory Burch Kira Flip Flops
Tory Burch

Kira Flip Flops

At Nordstrom

Prada Oval Sunglasses
Prada

Oval Sunglasses

At Revolve

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