For your reading pleasure: ‘Californication’ by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Dear Coachella: you are so dirty, hot, and you have weird rules, but all for the love of music. You are a great time.
Coachella Music Festival is a marvel to me. In retrospect; the whole thing just doesn’t really make sense. Let’s get some of the best music artists together and put in them in the middle of nowhere where it’s ridiculously hot and dirty, get a bunch of free spirits and party people to coordinate a 3-day journey, and charge a lot of money to participate. Low and behold, it’s a huge success. It sells out every year, and this year within an hour!
I came for the Fashion
Nonetheless, Coachella is great for the music, epic light shows, art installations, and of course, fashion! Every year I see the coverage on various media outlets. Last year, I noted great outfits from the Refinery 29 in Festival Fashion! 50 Hot Snaps From Coachella. This year I used, Nubry’s 20 Outfit Ideas: What To Wear To Coachella This Year to prepare for the occasion.
Tanchi Problema: Too HOT for curated fashion!
Sadly, most of the outfits I carefully curated for the occasion didn’t get worn. Coachella is HOT, and I ended up opting for jean shorts and a breezy top for the whole weekend. I lived in my black TOMS since chanclas were out due to walking in dirt all day. Props to all the fashionistas out there who wear their best. I wore forever 21 black jean cut off shorts, an H&M light pink peasant top (covers my panza), turquoise stone necklace from a street vendor, cheap sunnies, and my Coachella wrist band (a must). This tanchi is festival ready!
(Thanks Maddie for the picture!)
What I wore to Coachella: Headbands – a Coachella Staple
Once I saw the conditions, I opted to go casual on accessories (so as not to ruin them). I wore elastic printed hair ties for bracelets and a rose quartz bracelet. My favorite accessory to wear was the tan bird printed turbin-style headband from Nordstrom’s. Headbands are like Coachella staple in addition to crochet tops, fringe boots, cut off short, maxis, and floppy hats.
My favorite place to go for headbands is Nordstrom’s. They are pricier headbands, but from experience, it’s the only quality head band I’ve come across that doesn’t give you a headache or that awkward bob in your hair from the cinch. I have some from H&M and Forever 21 that I almost always end up taking off. The Nordstrom’s ones are comfortable and come in great designs! The turbin-style one is currently being sold in floral prints. And some of my other favorites are the black and white tribal print twist knot headband, and the flower cluster headband.
A fanny pack is a tanchi’s best friend at music festivals
Another Coachella-friendly accessory I sported was my wallet-like metallic fanny pack. I have had this fanny pack forever and love to make use of it! So much better than a clutch or wristlet even for girls night out!
I got a great tip from a fellow coachellaer, her fanny pack was airbrushed with a DJ My Little Pony. She told me about Electric Laundry that essentially specializes in custom made music festival/raver gear. They make beautiful festival, rave, dj, and other theme inspired bralettes, fanny packs, etc. Some of my favorites are the Hello Kitty fanny pack and The Great Gatsby Inspired bralette.
The superhero collection is fantastic!
I must have taken at least 100 plus photos of fashion inspiration. Two of my favorite looks showed off great style, but more so are my favorite because their practical for the walking factor, weather, and price.
By day three, I could not stand going hatless anymore. She as a great hat on, a crossover, brown mid-calf boots, Urban Outfitters striped cut off shorts, and a chambray from Forever 21. So Coachella, so stylish.
The second outfit is impeccable style! She even had old school Pez used for a necklace! She is wearing a floppy hat and used a headband to add a décor to it. A turquoise crossover, black crochet top with a pink swimsuit underneath (yes it gets that hot), haviana flip lops, and printed flowy skirt. So chic, so comfortable, and festival iconic!
The day the music died
Music just isn’t the same after my Coachella experience. Some of my favorites of the weekend were the Bingo Players and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but I found a great spot giving me an impeccable 360 view of the festival during the Red Hot Chili Pepper show (tanchi problems solved due to petite status). It had to do with the way they played the music. I’ve been listening to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for years on the radio and it is wonderful when after all these years, the songs take on new meaning while in the company of great friends!
Festival season has begun! I would love to see your fashion festival outfits! Gracias Coachella for the wonderful memories and epic style inspiration!