L-A: Right. So you may be aware that I attended a musical event called Coachella.
And that I may have had some unreasonable pre-event anxiety about what to wear because I knew it’d be hot and because every fashion blog and magazine in the Western World was talking about what to wear. My post-event reaction to that anxiety? BAHAHAHAHA. If I learned anything from my Coachella experience it is this:
There is nothing too ridiculous or too inappropriate for Coachella.
There. The More you Know. You can avoid the anxiety should you want to go next year (and you should. It’s worth it).
You need evidence? Well okay. We’ll start light and work our way up.
1. The Fringe
Fringe was really effing popular. I really wish I had a photo of the girl in the fringe top with the fringed moccasins and the saggy crochet bikini bottom, but alas, this is all I’ve got:
Her friend had done the same thing to her t-shirt. They weren’t the only ones. Although, this one was cuter than some. If you like it, I’ve discovered it’s from Peace Love World.
A way to spot your friends? Perhaps. It’s nice to be able to spot them in a crowd. But some of those costumes had to be hot.
The Where’s Waldo outfits were okay. At least they incorporated shorts. Not pictured: those wearing giant furry mascot heads.
With cats on them.
This was not the only one.
Bikini tops were super popular. Better still, just a bikini with a fanny pack. Or bikinis with chains hanging from them. That one was real klassy. Also, no tops. Which caused me concern for boob sunburn.
5. I can’t…even…what?
Some outfits just don’t want to be categorized.
Not everyone was completely ridiculous. Here’s some outfits that were as practical as you can get in 110 degree heat:
There were other outfits that worked, but I didn’t photograph. Maxi dresses seemed super practical for a change. And shorts. I don’t wear shorts, so I kind of envied anyone who did. And at least two girls had on a linen striped dress that I think is from Anthropologie and I totally wanted to beat them up and steal their dress (I didn’t).
For me, the trick was to cover as much as possible (thus avoiding massive sunburn) without getting heat stroke. So what did I wear? Okay, here it is, your turn to judge my Coachella style (or lack thereof):
(Note: I am not photogenic and can’t pose for shit. I need to study Lea Michele some more).
Day 1: Joe Fresh skirt, H&M top, Hudson Bay bag, giant sunglasses, and still red TOMS. Yes. I bought TOMS. They are lightweight, cover my feet and surprisingly comfortable. I was still accessorizing at this point with rings and a necklace. Those were gone by mid-Day 1. Too effing hot. My fingers got fat and swollen as I dehydrated.
Day 2: Shopping local! Dress is Pretty Things, Shoes (TOMS) were from Biscuit) and hat was from Wildflower. Ray Bans – totally found in the field. Yes, I kept them. No, I don’t regret it. I added the cotton scarf in attempt to cover my shoulders as I started to burn on Day 1. I got compliments on the dress and other Canadians spotted my bag. (oddly, despite the look on my face, I actually asked to have that photo taken). By the end of Day 2, the TOMS were not so red and not as comfortable as I would ideally like. But I don’t think there are many shoes that hold up to 12 hours of standing in a field. My knees and back ached and I thought I might puke during Radiohead. It’s like I ran a marathon.
Day 3: nautical + floral (Joe Fresh + old H&M). I was starting to give up on life and style at this point, I was so tired. But I was still stoked to see bands and Holographic Tupac (who EXPLODED INTO STARS) was that day. I started to wet down the scarf to keep my neck cool and discovered that things like gatorade are really quite useful. What up, electrolytes?! My TOMS looked like a pair I’ve owned and worn everyday for three years.
Hair: Everyday was a Lauren Conrad side braid and two knobs at the back of my head. I couldn’t deal with hair.
It was an awesome three days though. As much as they hurt, they’re like a marathon in that you finish up feeling like, “holy crap! yes! I did just survive three days of 100+ degrees AND I saw 30 bands. Some of which were super awesome and I may never have seen otherwise.” I also figured out how to do Coachella and exactly how to dress by the end of day three. So I need to go back and apply my lessons. Which will not include wearing muppet skin legwarmers.
p.s. pretty pictures I took of Coachella can be found on the Instagram (lesleyhyphenanne).
pps. I totally kind of saw Ally’s boyfriend, Eminem. Other than those on stage, no celebrity sightings.