Music Festival Fashion
It seems like just yesterday we were stalking the web, hoping to get a first glimpse at the much buzzed-about Coachella lineup, and now the festival is practically upon us! But before we begin gushing about the amazing bands we're excited to see--Robyn, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, and Kanye West: we're talking to you!--we've got to talk about fashion. (After all, the three-day music event has become a serious style scene.) And while some attendees will no doubt wear their most extreme hipster ensembles, we think you should create outfits that are practical and stylish, even if that means leaving the knee-high, lace-up gladiator sandals at home. Accordingly, we've rounded up a handful of festival-worthy items that are sure to help you create inspiring looks without giving you wonky tan lines or making you look like you're trying too hard. So whether you're packing for Coachella, gearing up for Bonnaroo, or getting ready for Lollapalooza, you definitely won't want to miss today's edition of WWW Picks!
1. Isabel Marant Out of Africa Shell and Stone Bracelet ($120)
Remember, simple and fuss-free outfits are key when it comes to music festival attire, so it's always best to keep your accessories and jewelry minimal. Avoid slinky necklaces and delicate rings, and go for a sturdy bracelet instead, like Isabel Marant's shell and stone bracelet! It has a cool, pseudo-tribal vibe and subtle hints of color, which means it will work well with an array of festival outfits.
2. Madewell Solid Bandeau Top ($44) and Solid Boybrief ($44) in Olive Grove
Assuming you're not camping on site, you're probably staying at a nearby hotel. And what do most hotels have? Pools, of course! Since the shows don't usually kick off until the early afternoon, why not catch up on your tan poolside in this suit from Madewell? We adore its retro bandeau top and simple silhouette; it's a perfect, classic, affordable option! Of course, if you don't have access to a pool, you can always wear this suit under your clothes...just incase you want to shed some layers throughout the day.
3. Forever 21 Wide Brim Hat ($6.50)
As avid Coachella goers, we definitely know a thing or two about what makes the perfect festival hat. While in the past we've reached for woven boaters and fedoras, this season we're going for a more '70s/boho look with Forever 21's floppy hat. The wide brim is great for keeping the scorching sun off your face and the subtle straw bow adds a sweet element to this must-buy piece.
4. Levi's Classic Trucker Jacket ($79.50) in Light Blue
Though you'll probably want to avoid any type of outerwear when the sun is blazing, we do recommend packing some lightweight layers for the after-hours sets. Levi's Classic Trucker Jacket is our top pick, thanks to its simple silhouette and cool, vintage-inspired wash. When the sun begins to set, just throw it on over your maxi dress or a loose tank and we guarantee you'll be thankful you brought it.
5. Winter Kate Passenger Halter Dress ($285)
It's always a good idea to have an unfussy maxi dress on hand, and this one by Winter Kate is ideal for a number of reasons. For starters, it's airy and lightweight, so you won't feel overheated. We also are crazy about its floor-grazing silhouette (you won't have to worry about flashing the world when you sit down) and its floral print, which won't show dirt easily (you'll look presentable even if you're dirty). If this dress doesn't quite fit in your budget, French Connection's Garden Print Maxi Dress ($93) and Guess' Floral Pink Printed Maxi Dress ($138) are both whimsical alternatives that embody a similarly laidback vibe. Whatever frock you choose, we suggest styling it with a wide-brimmed hat for the perfect free-spirited look.
6. Salvatore Ferragamo Suede Messenger Bag ($1490, 1.800.628.8916)
If you're going to bring one bag to this year's music fest, make it Salvatore Ferragamo's Suede Messenger Bag. It has a charming, rustic look that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and the across-body strap allows for all-day comfort and easy toting. Even better: it has plenty of room to store all your necessities, like sunblock and your denim jacket! If you're looking for a less pricey carrier, we're also crazy about Topshop's Suede Tooled Leather Satchel ($70) and Fossil's Vintage Re-Issue Flap Crossbody ($148); both meet all the sartorial demands and their prices are right!
7. Essie Nail Polish ($8) in Da Bush
While you might be tempted to play it safe with a nude nail polish, we like the idea of going for an offbeat earthy tone instead! One of our favorites is Da Bush from Essie's Resort 11 collection, a pretty khaki-meets-sage green color that's subtle and very wearable. Of course, if you're not quite sold on this exact color, be sure to check out the collection's three other free-spirited shades. You're sure to find something you love!
8. BDG Raw-Edge Corduroy Shorts ($39) in Red
While we always recommend packing a pair of your staple denim cutoffs--they're a classic choice for music festivals--these adorable red corduroy shorts by BDG are the perfect way to address this season's ultra-bright color palette. The frayed hemline gives them a great worn-in look, plus the pop of color will liven up your neutral pieces perfectly. (Note: if you're not a fan of red, these shorts also come in blue and brown.) We'd pair them with a slouchy tank and sandals for a cool and comfortable daytime ensemble.
9. Topshop Vanda Blue Crochet Espadrilles ($40) in Blue
Since you're going to be doing most of your walking/standing on grass and dirt, we suggest wearing a wedge or flat shoe. If you prefer the latter, you definitely don't want to miss Topshop's Vanda Blue Crochet Espadrilles. These slip-ons are the perfect alternative to a pair of flip-flops and are a light and airy choice your feet will certainly appreciate. And did we mention, they're super comfy? Yes, you can take these oh-so cute espadrilles from morning 'till after midnight without skipping a beat.
10. Kain Tank Libby Sweater ($184, 212.966.5303)
A music festival typically calls for plenty of tank tops, so each year we're always on the lookout for some fabulous options. Happily, we came across this netted version by Kain. The earthy, taupe color is quite lovely and the woven detailing offers plenty of textural intrigue. The sweater straddles the line between dressy and casual, so you can wear it with a pair of cutoffs during the day and style it with a maxi skirt for the late-night parties. Now if you're not willing to invest in this perfect piece, you should take a look at Wool and the Gang's Tala Hand-Knitted Cotton Tank ($85) and Topshop's Apricot Crochet Zip Back Crop Sleeveless Top ($55).
11. H&M Sunglasses ($12.95, 212.343.2722) in Brown
Hands down, the number one music festival accessory is a cute pair of sunnies! Now, you know we're mad about the insanely cool styles seen at Proenza Schouler and Fendi, but if you're looking for a classic, circular shape, these sunglasses from H&M will surely fit the bill. The rich brown color is very flattering, and we like that they're simple yet still very chic, so you can wear them with everything.--Jessica Baker
Isabel Marant runway photo, courtesy of KCD.