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Coachella Style Guide
While we’re on the topic of Coachella (which, whether you like it or not, will be a subject for the next month or so), I bring you three fool proof festival outfits to get you through the weekend*. Though I am not attending this year — my friend and I bought tickets but then some other trips presented themselves and we decided to sell them — I like to think of myself as having a PhD in multi-day festivals.
The most important thing to keep in mind when packing and dressing for these outdoor fun fests is comfort. The second most important thing to keep in mind is sunblock. But I don’t need to school anyone on the subject of sun protection, so instead I present you with three outfits that I would likely wear were I attending Coachella this weekend.
I originally believed that wearing any sort of romper or overall type coverup was a major mistake when attending a music festival; mainly because they take a little longer to get off when you
desperately need to go #1. However, after living in a romper at Bonnaroo (yes, I went. Twice.), I can attest that these full-pieces are comfortable, surprisingly climate controlled, and ideal when worn over a swimsuit. Since you tend to cover a lot of ground while traipsing around the desert, I recommend wearing a comfortable pair of sneakers (foot sunburns suck), a reasonably sized bag, and a light chambray for when the sun goes down.
Jennifer Zeuner necklace | Asos sunglasses | Vanessa Bruno dress | ModCloth bag | Red Valentino sandals
Forget everything I said earlier about a reasonably sized bag. This ladybug purse is the bee’s knees (or ladybug’s forearms?) and is guaranteed to get you festival style snapped — something as common as a street style snap during Fashion Week. But adorably sweet bags aside (wait, have you seen my chicken bag?), a dress that covers your rear when you sit on the grass and allows for whatever breeze there may be to go up your skirt is essential to festival cheer. Also, you can wear that chambray in the above outfit around your waist during the day and over your shoulders when it gets cold at night.
Proenza Schouler bag | 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt | Asos sunglasses | Clover Canyon shorts | Asos sandals
These V-line shorts are the latest craze in shortswear and though I have yet to try out a pair, I imagine they’re great for tanning. Short tans are so last season, ring tans on the other hand are totally in. And since you’ll be in California, why not give a shout out to New York and all the Seamless Web delivery bags you’ll likely be accumulating during your week long post-Coachella hangover by wearing an I ♥ New York shirt. Or Nueva York. Whatever.
H&M Fashion Against Aids
In just two days, H&M’s collection for Fashion Against Aids will hit stores nationwide. Known as their “Festival Collection”, this latest launch features a variety of heavily patterned tunics, dresses and pants as well as “camping gear” like sleeping bags, a tent and fold out chairs.
While I like the majority of this collection, I’m not sure where they get off calling it the “Festival Collection”. As a festival attendee, I have a hard time imagining myself wearing a silk leopard dress and sequined jacket to a place where I’m most likely going to wind up covered in mud and dirt. I’m also pretty sure if anyone showed up to Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, etc. with a leopard print tent and a paisley sleeping bag they’d be laughed at. That being said, I love how the designers have drawn their inspiration from fashionable festival-goers to create boho-chic, light, and effortless clothing that are ideal for warm summer nights out on the town…and the orange leopard print poncho would certainly help you from being lost in a crowd of +60,000 people in a field in the middle of nowhere.
Here are some of my favorite items, as well as the “camping gear” which I couldn’t help but post:
The Festival Collection will launch on May 20th, 2010 and 25% of all sales will be donated to youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Projects. Gotta love shopping for a good cause!
This past weekend was Ultra Music Festival which means that my favorite season has officially begun: FESTIVAL SEASON!!
Just thinking about music festivals puts a smile on my face. Between the live outdoor music, hanging out with friends, barbecuing by the tent, and hilarious sandal tans, I can’t think of a better time.
So far I have been to Coachella, All Points West, Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, but I plan on going to many, many more.
I love all the preparations that go into planning for a music festival: creating a personal schedule of what bands to see, figuring out how exactly you’re going to get there, finding out who else is going, and obviously, deciding what you’re going to wear! My best friend Jennie and I are infamously known for music festival get-ups and we love every minute of it.
I’m a firm believer in purchasing cheap outfits for festivals because chances are, you’re going to end up muddy and walk away with a few rips and tears. My first and sometimes only stop on the festival outfit shopping list is Forever21. They always have a large selection of lightweight dresses and rompers as well as tons of cheap sunglasses and sandals. I’m not a huge fan of wearing shorts and a tank top because once the sun is directly over you’re head and you start sweating, the last thing you want to worry about is walking around carrying an extra piece of clothing. But, it’s really about what you feel most comfortable in.
Once I’ve figured out all of my clothing choices, I head over to my nearest party store for an assortment of different things: face paint (my favorite), glow sticks (Jennie’s favorite), TONS of colorful beads, bubbles, and anything else that catches my festival hungry eye.
Below I’ve pulled together some of my must-have items for this years music festivals.
- Ditsy Print Slip Dress – $100
- Francesca Tube Dress – $44.50
- Paisley Woven Sundress – $12.50
- Blossom Romper – $48
- Striped Halter Romper – $12.80
- Roxy Channel Surfing Romper – $40
- Kimberly Eyelet Dress – $44.50
- Ella Moss Romper – $80
- Stine Goya ‘Evelyn’ Dress – $264
- Ecote Cross Strap Sandle – $24
- Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Dalia Sandal - $124
- Havaianas – $24
- Kimchi Blue Netted Bag – $48
- Striped Sling Over Bag – $19.80
- Topshop Round Glasses – $36
- Ray Ban Aviators – $140
- Face Paint – $13
- Glow Necklaces – $25
- Colored Bead Necklaces – $1.49 for six
Here are some festival websites and their dates:
Coachella – April 16th – 18th
Bonnaroo – June 10th – 13th
Isle of Wight – June 11th – 13th
Glastonbury – June 23rd – 27th
Nateva Festival – July 2nd – 4th
Pitchfork Music Festival – July 16th – 18th
Gathering of the Vibes – July 29th – August 1st
Lollapalooza – August 6th-8th
Burning Man – August 30th – September 6th
Outside Lands – August 2010