Oh Coachella, an excuse to road-trip LA style to the desert, strip off even more clothes, dance even harder, and drink way too many over priced Heinekens—all in the name of peace, love and music. What bliss. What is NOT bliss is coming ill prepared to the erratic climate of the desert and finding yourself unbearably uncomfortable amidst the sea of guitar worshiping indie-hipsters. An outfit and other accoutrements need to be nailed down prior to road trip departure so you can worry about more important things in life, like ogling the sea of guitar worshiping indie-hipster men.
Bohemian vibe, brown leather sandals are a must, with thick soles that can withstand all of the walking, and straps around the ankles that can enable all the dancing. Fiorentini and Baker is a legendary Italian shoe company that produces classic sandals infused with a Greco-roman-toga-vibe that only gets better with age. Available at Barney’s, think of the bigger price tag as an investment, and an excuse to attend more festivals in the future, now that you have the proper shoes.
If you simply live and die by your sneakers, then Sportie LA on Melrose is your sneaker emporium. There you can find practically any pair of Vans or Converse ever produced, the go-to brands for all involved in any music performance on any level.
Dress in layers. Beginning with a bathing suit—why? Because, any good boy scout will tell you, be prepared for anything. May we suggest a really rad line called Tavik Swimwear, which draws inspiration from 1990’s pop culture references such as Fresh Prince of Bell Air and Saved by the Bell. Each collection within their line is refreshingly diverse, and fun, yet they still manage to adhere to style and structure, two key elements we see lost on oh-so-many teeny bikinis. Follow your bikini with an easy dress, romper, or shorts/shirt combo. Top it all off with a warm cardigan, Indio is the desert, and deserts drop considerably in temperature at night, and visible nipples are not attractive (four words: Janet Jackson Superbowl catastrophe).
Our favorite place to pick up that perfectly printed romper or old, yet newly studded levi’s cut-offs, is The Reformation in the trendy Third Street boutique district. The Reformation takes vintage pieces and re-cuts them into a modern shape and then adds contemporary accents, such as bold exposed zippers, and rocker studs. No two pieces are exactly alike but the prices for these easy silk tops and cotton summer frocks remain between $85 and $200. Urban Outfitters has also recently begun carrying Reformed, by the same designers, at a more democratic price level. And honestly, what is more LA scenester than recycled, re-vamped clothing?
Show your individual flair through your accessories. Anything goes, from Penny Lane inspired sunglasses and hats, to being elbow deep in wood bangles. A small, light weight, cross body bag can hold your essentials and credentials, while giving you two free hands to double fist those Heinekins if you insist. Beloved and under-exposed handbag line, Junior Drake, recently opened up an outlet store in Santa Monica, were the prices of their vibrant-hued supple leather goods are slashed in half.
Beyond anything, Coachella is a place where you can indulge yourself in the LA vibe, scene, and lifestyle, with an array of live music being the perfect backdrop for your newly minted LA -indie- meets hipster- meets rocker outfit. You might be mistaken for one of these beauties below.