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Cowboys & INDIOn’s ~ Coachella Fashion has Arrived!

Deep in the desert of SoCal near the city of Indio, CA lies the massive 3-day music and art festival called Coachella. Weekend 1 starts tomorrow and I feel a little cliché discussing Coachella because it’s all over blogs and sites right now. But for the first time, I’m actually going, instead of just reading my Facebook friend’s status updates about it. From floral headbands to bottled water, I’ve learned there’s a massive amount of effort that goes into preparing for a long weekend in the desert.

Of course, the festival fashion caught my attention. Based on the photos from past Coachella’s, there’s a fine line between women looking effortlessly bohemian/hippie chic and those who carefully plan out the details (which is the category I’d fall into). Who knew it could take so much prep to look like a modern day Woodstock party goer?

Here’s what I’ve learned based on warnings, suggestions and festival style fashion tips in the past few days….

Dress comfortable, yet practical ~ No heels or wedges and while a cross body bag is best, back packs and any bag that can carry your essentials (like sunscreen & water) is a good option.
Rain this year at Coachella? Noooo…~This photo is in SF, but the ominous rain clouds and high winds are expected tomorrow at the festival. So there’s been a frenzy of fashion advice on blogs suggesting parkas & rain boots in place of bikini tops & cutoffs. Mural by famed artist Brian Barneclo  
Rayban Ban ~ Of course people can wear any sunglasses they prefer, but I’ve heard cheap ones are best. The likely hood of losing them or falling off during the concerts are high, so stick with an inexpensive pair. (floral aviators I found at F21 for under $6)
I need your style help~ From celebs to past festival photos, women always wear ankle or casual boots with shorts & sundresses (like in the pic at the end of this post). But now that it’s Spring, where do you find them? SF is fresh out so if you know any last minute spots, let me know 🙂
Details by Dale
Levi’s homemade cut-offs, Beaded detail sandals ~ Nine West, handbag – Carlos Santana, Horse belt buckle ~ no brand Crossroads, rock ring with metal detail ~ F21 Nail polish – Mint (F21) & darker shade -(Sally Hansen Insta Dri), crochet top (random LA store)
Bonus Shopping~Festival Fashion
Because you can wear ‘Coachella’ styles all spring & summer. Here’s a few budget friendly peices…
1. Free Riding with Cowboys Tank by Free People
2. Grey Free Mason Tee by Free People
3. Old Navy Double Buckle Cuffed Sandal ($24.95)
4. Forever21 Cut Off Shorts (right) 
5. Aviator Sunglasses (under $20)

What would your festival outfit look like? And if you’ve ever been to Coachella, please feel free to share any pointers 🙂
I’ll be back after the weekend with a full report of music, art & definitely fashion pics! Also congrats to Cameron of Clothes & Camera for winning my Easter Giveaway last week.
Have a great weekend,

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  1. Julie D. says:

    Great bohemian/Coachella outfit. But speaking from experience… I’d suggest a much smaller bag.
    I have a few more Coachella tips in my latest post too.


  2. Very cute outfit! Loving the bag and sandals!

  3. the creation of beauty is art. says:

    Excellent tips and amazing look! I love that top and bag! Beautiful but casual pieces!

  4. Lovely look, the crotchet top looks amazing on you, and I love the bag! 🙂 xoxo ♥

  5. annchica says:

    I love your top and your bag! Whole outfit is amazing. 🙂

    Do you want a follow for follow, if you want just let me know on my blog 🙂

  6. Biser Sable says:

    great photos and outfit!^^

  7. MessyDirtyHair says:

    LOVE the outfit! i think short boots will be fine as long as the material isnt wool or something wintery ya know. cant wait to see your outfits for the weekend! have fun & be safe!
    xo Kelly


  8. lucky girl! I wanna go to coachella

  9. Gracey at Fashion for Giants says:

    I love this look.

    I’ve never been to Coachella but I’m going to the Black Keys concert next month so I’ll keep these tips in mind.

  10. Perpetuity says:

    I love your bag!


  11. RaspberryBlonde says:

    never been to coachella, but from what I’ve seen and heard, this looks like the perfect outfit!

  12. Despina T. says:

    lovely outfit!
    it would be perfect for coachella.
    great lace top.

  13. How fun! Have a great time. And I picked up some awesome boots from All Saints in SF a few weeks ago

  14. Lucy McCracken says:

    I’ve never been to Coachella, but with your cute outfit you’re sure to stand out. I love those boots and the lovely sachel. Love your blog!

  15. Marcela Gmd says:

    Beautiful look!!!
    Have a good weekend!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  16. I love your outfit, looks like you’ll fit right in!
    I’ve never been but I was just on their website and it looks like fun!

    Can’t wait to hear about it!

  17. you skipped spring and jumped right onto summer. 😉 you look great btw. 🙂

  18. Vonae Deyshawn says:

    Seriously, thank you so much for writing on this. I keep seeing all these posts and articles about festivals and I had no idea what they were referring to. Thanks for keeping me in the loop. lol. Have a wonderful time!

    Vonae Deyshawn

  19. Morgan Brooks says:

    Just did a post on Coachella, but yours is so much more fabulous. Wonderful job! You look wonderful and you have the greatest taste. I am giving away $50 to ASOS and I would love for you to stop by an enter!

  20. i’ve never been to coachella, so i don’t really have any tips, haha. 😉 but i do love looking at coachella fashion and i can’t wait to see your outfits! 🙂

    p.s. i looooove your sandals!!!

    <3, Mimi
    Poshlocket Giveaway: Win a Shelly Fabric Choker

  21. sonia de macedo says:

    Love this post! Great advice for other lucky ducks going! Please, please, please tell me you will take lots of photos and share them with us LOL! I can’t go this year, leaving me beyond shattered, but a few of my friends are so I will definitely pass this onto them!

    Have an awesome weekend!

  22. I’m pretty much in love with this outfit! It’s so free and fun while still being pulled together! & I agree… especially for music festivals… the cheaper the sunglasses, the better. I’ve lost quite a few pairs that cost me hundreds and I cry about it still! Plus, the cheaper ones are always so much more fun! Lovely post! Definitely following! Can’t wait to see what you bring to the table next! xo, Megs


  23. I’m so jealous right now. I wish I could attend Coachella just to see radiohead! I agree about the sunglasses, the cheap ones will save you lots of tears. Also would you want to wear something that protects your feet?

  24. I love your bag with the shirt and necklace and I hope that you enjoy this whole Coachella thing. It sounds quite interesting and I think cheap sunglasses would be totally smart to wear too! xx


  25. See Xiong. says:

    great to have found you, awesome blog. i’m now following you. come check out my blog, hopefully you can return the follow. =).

  26. Andie Willows says:

    i’m seriously in love with your outfit! hope you have fun in coachella!

    xoxo, andie
    Fashionista’s Pick


  27. markedbeautyblog says:

    Absolutely adore that top! So pretty!

    Great outfit!

    Sharleena xx

  28. That bag is so gorgeous – love it!


  29. wow so cool style!:)

  30. You look fab! I love this summer style!
    Want to follow each other?

    X, Ancia

  31. love your look – very cute 😉

  32. Loveee your outfit! Great style!
    Follow u now 🙂


  33. Giovanna says:

    Super cute look! Love your bag and sandals!

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  34. Shulamit E says:

    How chic are these outfits? Hopefully the rain will pass you all by. Have a fab time at the festival if you go. And remember to stay chic!

  35. Rachel Jensen {Da Paura ♥} says:

    So fun!! I love your mint nail polish and all the fun hats really get me of coachella fashion. I am so into cut-off shorts right now too! I was actually asked to work at Coachella this year but I turned it down. Working it is pretty grueling and not as fun as attending! Have a blast and share some fun photos with us!!


  36. Clara Turbay says:

    Pure style!

  37. can’t wait for your ater-coachella posts! i wish i could be there!
    love your sandals and those mint nails : )

  38. StyleKULTUR says:

    Love the shirt and the cool mint nail polish!!! You look great!
    Nice weekend!

  39. love the festival outfit! the mint nails and necklace add a great unique touch! 🙂

  40. totally love this quite indie style!!!
    good choice! love it!
    cute blog! i’m following you by google friends box hope you’ll do the same ONLY if’ you’ll like mine!
    sweet italian kisses

    Syriously in Fashion
    Syriously Facebook Page

  41. Wonderful tips! I wish I was going but I guess I will just have to live vicariously through everyone else.


  42. My Fashion Nook says:

    Oh, really great outfit, dear! <3
    Thanks a lot for your comment on my blog! :**
    Let’s follow each other, what do you think? 🙂
    Have fun at Coachella! <3

  43. CherryRetroBerry says:

    Very nice! :)) Love how the necklace and the nailpolish color matches!

  44. Hi Dale you always have the most amazing and informative posts!! You just have the most amazing style ever….

    <3 Marina

  45. Eloquent English says:

    So fun that you got to go this year! You look adorable! xoxo A-

  46. Emmett Katherine says:

    Coachella fashion is really fun! If you have instagram you should check out free people & shop planet blue, both are doing coachella features & snapping pics of stylish concert goers!

  47. I wish I could go to Coachella! Love that lace top of yours! Hope you had fun!!


  48. pinkmate says:

    have fun at Coachella!!!



  49. Fashionobsession-mieni says:

    I really love your Outfit! You look so pretty! What an awesome bag and shirt! My favourit are definitly the shoes! I want them, too:D

    Hope you visit me on my Blog

  50. I love your outfit and I think its very boho chic without looking like you tried too hard. I saw a photo of Vanessa Hudgens there and she looked like she was trying too hard…though she is beautiful!

  51. Coffee Cream and the Caffeine says:

    Great outfit… I LOVE your bag 🙂


  52. LOVE this post! Your outfit is so chic and gorgeous as always! I wish I was at Coachella!

  53. Rejina Tyson says:

    Love that tank! You look amazing! Cute bag too! 😉

    Thanks also for the sweet comments on my blog, You Like It? I Made It!, regarding the pastel hi-lo shirt I made. 😉 I really appreciated it! 😉


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