It's true that we go through a Coachella-obsessed phase when the music festival rolls around each spring. We love to see the questionable fashion choices of our favorite celebs who, in spite of impeccable red carpet style, somehow lose the desire to look chic. Instead, they're overtaken by the apparently stronger urge to look like a Woodstock relic. All good fun.
At any rate, the fashion aftermath of Coachella got our gears turning. Is it possible to be stylish while still rocking out to music in a field? And for that matter, what about all of our other outdoor summer fun? Carnivals, picnics, fundraisers, etc., are all opportunities for the fashion savvy to fall prey to baser style desires or rise to the occasion and remain true to their high aesthetics. We found some pieces we think are ideal for your most casual warm weather outings — outdoor concerts included.
Let There Be Pockets
Comfort and style meet functionality. This skirt can hold your phone, your lipstick and a credit card, just try to keep your feet on the ground and the pockets' contents where you put them.
$54.99 at Loft.
We love sequins for day. And we can see this skirt in so many situations. With so many simple tops and sandals.
$59.99 at Mango.
A loose fitting romper is essential for outdoor romps through grassy knolls. They let you be a bit more flexible with your
Love the simple star embroidery and lightweight, breathable fabric of this little boho gem. Not too costumey, it has just the right touch of vintage style.
$128 at Free People.
As does this dress. Not surprisingly they're both from Free People, a retailer whose entire stock seems to have been made for the summer festival set.
$98 at Free People.
Adore this top. High waisted khaki shorts, a la boyfriend slouchy, paired with this will keep you comfy and cool.
$46 at Need Supply.
The open back adds a little sex appeal, too.
This had to be included. For all of the girls out there who can't get rid of their stripes just because everyone else is in florals.
$45.00 at Topshop.
Again with the light, breezy fabrics that don't cling or restrict movement. Leve it to Zara to make this cut beautiful, not dowdy.
$59.90 at Zara.
One thing that's hard to understand is the pairing of bare legs and booties. I mean, toes need to breathe in warm weather. Plus skin is often more easily washed after a bout with dirt and mud than an expensive pair of kicks. Keep your sandals, simple, inexpensive and replaceable.
$30 at Macys.
It's not uncommon for the heat of an August day to have us running for our bathing suits and an ultra light tank. This one manages to cover, yet show just enough to feel young and fresh.
$32 at Need Supply.
The twist back is perfect to wear over bikini tops and one pieces alike.
Easy, breezy, begging for your chunkiest, most rustic, statement
The peek-a-boo back is adorable, too.
Your first instinct is to grab your Ray Bans, we know. Why not try a less expensive, funkier pair of sunnies that you won't cry over if they get broken, swiped or lost? These look scrumptious, like candy.
$69.83 at ASOS.