Words cannot express how badly I want to go to Coachella this year. Why? Guns ‘N Roses is back, playing a reunion concert to end all reunion concerts. Also, Sia. It’s enough to make me swing from a chandelier in the cold
November April rain.
So when I received this email from Jill, I was pumped:
Was wondering….are you considering a ‘festival fashion’ blog post? Here’s why I ask: after years of sitting on the sidelines…I’m finally going to the Coachella Music Festival this year in Indio, CA. My dear friend and I are road tripping (without the kids or husbands) from Arizona to the desert for the second weekend and we could not be more excited!
Many other fashion blogs and online stores like Shopbop and Nordstrom have nondescript ‘festival look books’ which are full of fabulous female fashion trends….but somewhat unrealistic. I’m not going to buy 5 inch Jeffery Campbell wooden platforms, hip to ankle crochet bell bottoms and Pinterest a carnation and rosemary flower crown.
Would I throw on some One Teaspoon Bandits or a Free People romper with a peek a boo bra? YES! My friend and I cannot be the only Moms making the pilgrimage to dance like we are 23 to Major Lazer! We sprung for the VIP tickets and want to look fabulous – would love a little inspiration and guidance. You always do such a fabulous job of putting together the whole schmear from necklace to sandals.
Would you consider doing a post like this???!!
Jill – You betcha. Not only do I have some ideas, but Laura and Jess both wanted in on the action. All three of us, it turns out, are thrilled to hear you will be living out our Coachella-fueled fantasies!
So here’s what we did: we each came up with a look (or two). They’re gorgeous looks, if I do say so myself. But more than that, the pieces we chose had to do double-duty. They had to be pieces you really will wear again. And? We’re keeping in mind that Coachella often means mud, so no overly precious footwear (like blush suede sandals, for example, or heels of any kind).
Keep on reading for our festival looks, you sweet child ‘o mine.
If I were going to venture out to Coachella, I’d find a seriously cool pair of tough-girl ankle boots and wear them with miles of bare leg. An army jacket because I always manage to get cold, a pair of aviators (it’s practically a rule at this point), and layers of delicate jewelry. For something different, I’d try two matching hand chains on each wrist. A small (yet stunning) cross-body containing sunscreen and credit cards would round out my look.
jacket: H&M Jacket
lip sunscreen: SuperGoop (this stuff layers OVER your existing lipstick)
Laura’s Coachella Dreams
Gah. I’m dying to go hear some music outside!! I was so spoiled being in Nashville for 10 years surrounded by amazing musicians and opportunities to hear live music all. the. time. I do miss that, but I can satisfy a tiny bit of that by planning what I would wear to a music festival, at least…sigh.
Dress: Ecote Guinevere Open-Back Frock Dress Urban Outfitters – This print is like the perfect mix of sweet floral and bandana. I adore it. This red orange is a favorite of mine for summer. Adding the shorts makes a mini dress easier for festivals and outdoor, but it would be gorgeous alone with flat sandals for date night, too. (P.S. The image will not show in the shop widget above!)
Shorts: Rag and Bone Destroyed Cutoff Denim Boyfriend Shorts – I love how these are a bit longer. They’re perfect under mini dresses. Roll them up a bit for wearing with regular tops. The wash and destruction on these are spot on.
Hat: Nordstrom Floppy Wool Hat – I love the soft color of this hat. So light and springy, but wearable year-round.
Glasses: Ray Ban Large Original Aviator in Pink Flash – I adore these. Pink Flash. I mean. Gorgeous with the red dress…and everything else.
Boots: Free People Wild Fire Fringe Boot – I mean. So good. Low and comfy for standing all day listening to music, but not boring at all, yeah? An easy color to wear in dust/dirt. I want them to wear with cutoffs all summer, please.
Overalls: BDG Nikki Overall Romper Urban Outfitters – These. Perfect olive color and so comfy. I have a similar pair in chambray and the loose fit and light fabric are good all summer. Super easy for a cover-up or here with a pretty orange bralette.
Bralette: Free People Longline Day Bra – Gorgeous color and I love how it’s longer so it’ll cover a bit more under the overalls.
Hat: Poler Camp Vibes Trucker Hat – I adore Poler. It’s a Portland-based outdoor goods company. Camp Vibes all summer y’all.
Sandals: Bed Stu Soto Sandal – These are so good. The leather on Bed Stu sandals is amazing. I tried these out a bit ago because they are super cute. I have hard-to-fit weird sandal feet…I hated to return them! If you aren’t wide in the toe box area you will love love these.
Sunglasses: Every Little Thing Cat Eye Sunglasses – LOVE the shape of these, but that they are a light color. Makes cat eyes easier to wear, in my opinion, as does the rounder shape of these. And the pink lenses are so pretty!
Earrings: Rose Gold Mesh Fan Drop Earrings – Ooh so lovely and lightweight for dancing your booty off. These would be a great go-to earring all season.
Belt Pack: Fringe Belt Bag – Don’t call it a fanny pack. This would be SO great to keep belongings close at a festival or outdoor event while you’re dancing and enjoying yourself, no?
Dress: Billabong Wonder Why Muscle T-shirt Dress – Indigo dyed, how I love thee…This is spot-on with the print and a muscle tee dress? Yes please. SO cute.
Boots: Blondo Marcella Waterproof Ankle Boot – I adore these! The green and the cool side cut AND they are waterproof? No way. Green rocks as a really cool ‘neutral’ and now I’m dying for some green boots…
Dress: This For Love and Lemons Eva Midi Dress is one of my favorite boho/hippie inspired dresses out there! The sheer lace panels add to its free spirited, romantic vibe while the long sleeves and midi length will let you be comfortable enough to let loose.
Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff’s Gila Lace Espadrille Sandals are a sturdy and durable lace up sandal option that will hold up under the wear and tear that comes with being at a festival.
Romper: ‘Star Eyes’ Off the shoulder cotton romper – this romper is perfect for letting loose and it’s comfy fit will allow you to do so without having a care in the world.