Trending: Festival Style

Welcome to a new week friends!  I decided to kick-off the week with a second installment of "Trending."  Today, we're talking about "festival wear."  Born from the unique fashion tastes at Coachella, this category of clothing has almost become a whole additional fashion season. I was actually fairly surprised, but every online retailer I have perused over the past few weeks has a "festival shop" of some sort on the site.  For those of us not able to travel to California for the event, Coachella is a music and arts festival held in Indio, CA each year.  It's transformed from not just a showcase for music and art, but also for cutting-edge fashion.  Coachella is the kick-off to the festival and concert season.  So while you may not have rubbed elbows with celebrities this year in the desert, you can still take inspiration from the fashion choices and rock them in your own city this summer.  Although festival dressing is all about a free-spritired, bohemian vibe, there are still a few style rules to keep in mind.  When choosing items, think bright colors, denim and suede, embroidery, crochet, and a whole lot of fringe!  Read on for everything you need to know about creating the perfect festival ensemble.

1.  Denim cut-offs:  The denim cut-off is a festival style must-have.  The shorter and more frayed - the better.  A few of my favorite pair are below.  The AEO and Tobi shorties are great options if you are looking for a high-waisted pair.  The One Teaspoon shorts are a bit of a splurge for that tiny piece of fabric, but I absolutely love the color.

American Eagle Hi-Rise Festival Shortie - $49.95 / Tobi - Melrose High Waisted Denim Shorts - $52 / Nasty Gal - One Teaspoon Lowdown Cutoff Shorts - $110

2.  Boho & Peasant Tops:  There are a lot of options in the festival tops category:  crop tops, vests, light-weight tees. I think peasant tops, like the ones below, add that feeling of airiness and freedom.  Embroidery, lace, and off-the-shoulder styles make them even better!

Free People Printed Peasant Tunic - $98 / ASOS Off the Shoulder Peasant Top - $45 / Forever 21 Lace Open-Shoulder Top - $17.90

3.  Rompers:  Though I wouldn't always think of rompers as "festival style," the options below are so perfect that I had to include them.  The fringe, wide bell-sleeves, and embroidery detail once again add to the festival feel.

Free People Far From Heaven Romper - $128 / ASOS Romper in Floral Print with Fringe Sleeve - $90 / Urban Outfitters Ecote Magdelina Romper - $59

4.  Dresses: I am pretty much in love with each of these dresses.  The best part is that you can totally wear these all summer....not just to concerts.

ASOS - Midi Swing Dress in Boho Print - $90 / ASOS - Reclaimed Vintage Folk Embroidered Tunic - $76 / Forever 21 Embroidered Gauze Peasant Dress - $29.90

5.  All fringe everything:  Seriously there is no such thing as "too much fringe" when it comes to festival dressing.  And you can find it on everything from skirts, to vests, to bags, and a million places in between.

H&M Skirt with Fringe - $9.95 / Nordstrom B.P. Braided Fringe Crossbody Bag - $32 / Jayley Oversized Silk Fringed Scarf - $63

6.  Vests & Kimonos:  Kimonos are huge this year.  Think of them as the "essential trendy" cover-up.  You can wear them over just about anything and the intricate prints instantly add a layer of interest to your outfit.

Forever 21 Rose Print Maxi Kimono - $29.90 / Urban Outfitters Ecote Patchwork Fringe Duster Open Poncho - $59 / Glamorous Festival Tie Dye Maxi Kimono

7.  Statement Jewelry:  Festival jewelry has a very southwest, desert feel.  Think turquoise, feathers, stones, and beads.

ASOS Hipanema Chihiro Friendship Bracelet - $127 / AEO Turquoise Statement Necklace - $19.50 / Urban Outfitters Feather Lariat Necklace - $20 

8.  Accessorize:  Your key festival wear accessories: sunglasses, a floppy fedora or Panama hat, and a floral headband.

Quay Australia Chelsea Girl Round Sunglasses - $45 / ASOS Rose and Chain Headband - $25 / Staring at Stars Lola Felt Floppy Hat - sale $44

9.  Crochet:  I am absolutely in love with this red crochet cover-up from H&M.  So cute!  Crochet vests and shorts are also great ways to work the fabric into your outfit.

H&M - Lace Dress - $19.95 (currently sold out online) / Glamorous Crochet Sleeveless Cardigan with Tassel Hem - $68 / New Look Scallop Hem Crochet Short - $32

10. Suede:  To finish off your festival look, suede booties can pull the whole thing together.  I love these two options because you can pair them with dresses, shorts, or one of the great rompers above!  Or combine both and opt for a faux suede romper!

AEO Perforated Western Bootie - sale $39.99 / ASOS Bandeau Romper in Suedette - $45 / Jeffrey Campbell Toronto Suede Booties - $165

What summer concerts and festivals are you looking forward to?  Tweet me at @yeswearthat and let me know!  XOXO