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With Southern California’s favorite summer music fest a mere week away, Coachella prep has officially gone into overdrive. Take notes from some of our favorite style mavens and festival veterans to make sure your weekend is maximum fun with minimum worries! Read on…

 

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DO: Layer it up.

Indio can be very hot during the day, but once the sun goes down and the desert wind starts to blow, the festival grounds can get pretty chilly. Don’t let the extreme temperature changes slow you down; make sure to pack versatile layering pieces that don’t bog you down during the day yet will keep you warm at night. Layer a silk button-down over your bikini-and-shorts look (you can keep it unbuttoned or tie it around your waist when the sun’s extra scorching), or bring a silk scarf to wear around your head during the day, then use it as a wrap on your walk back to the campsite.

 

Alexa Chung Coachella Style

Boho style star Alexa Chung knows layering is the key to a festival outfit that’s both cute AND functional!

 

DON’T: Wear heels.

Of course those heeled booties look adorable, but you’ll be traversing the Empire Polo Grounds for three full days and nights – be nice to your feet and opt for sandals or flat booties instead!

Chanel Iman in Heels at Coachella

Chanel Iman at Coachella, looking gorgeous yet miserable – which might have something to do with those heels she’s wearing.

 

DO: Go light & bright.

Light, breathable, and wrinkle-resistant fabrics like rayon or silk blends make for the easiest festival wardrobe. We recommend choosing loose, flowing cuts that give your body room to breathe (you’ll be thankful when you’re packed into Main Stage crowd like a sardine during Outkast).

 

celebrity coachella style dresses

Alessandra, Kate, and Whitney play it cool at Coachella in airy fabrics and flowing cuts. 

 

DON’T: Stay in your fashion comfort zone.

Coachella is a weekend-long escape from the everyday grind, so leave your everyday look behind. Now’s the time to experiment with bold hues, mixed prints, and new silhouettes. Pair a printed maxi skirt with a crop top for an on-trend festival look, or try a unique mixed-media dress to stand out in the crowd!

 

Coachella Celebrity Fashion Boring

Kristen Stewart, Julianne Hough, and Emma Roberts might as well be going to the mall in their un-inventive Coachella outfits.

 

Vanessa Hudgens Coachella Style

So what if Vanessa Hudgens looks a little whacky – at least she’s having some fun with her festival style!

 

DO: Check out the party scene.

There’s so much happening in and around Coachella that goes above and beyond the music. Explore the pool parties at hotels around Palm Springs for optimum VIP-spotting, and check out the different booths inside the festival as well (pro tip: the H&M tent is air conditioned and usually has some fun fashion freebies!)

For a handy guide to all of the parties surrounding Coachella 2014, check out The Roosevelts Site Here.

 

Coachella Parties Celebrity Style

VIPs like Dree Hemingway, Katy Perry, and Nicole Richie make an appearance at the parties surrounding Coachella.

 

DON’T: Forget the essentials.

To be able to enjoy the festival to its fullest, make sure you show up prepared. Make sure to stock hand sanitizer, a perfume roll-on (like our TALIA), cheap sunglasses that you won’t mind losing, chapstick, and sunscreen in your purse. If you’re braving the camp grounds, don’t forget dry shampoo, a car charger for your phone, and WATER (and more water). And most of all, don’t forget to have fun! We’ll see you on the fields!

 

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COACHELLA 2014 STYLE GUIDE>>

 

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The Johnny Was woman isn’t afraid to experiment with bright color, whimsical prints, and ornate embroideries – details that are anything but ordinary! Everywhere we look, we see the patterns and colors of our clothing reflected in nature, design, and art. That’s no surprise, since our designers draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, from vintage fabrics to traditional embroideries, modern art to flora and fauna, and everywhere in between. Drawing from such diverse influences is what makes our designs truly one-of-a-kind!

Read on to get inspired by some of the color counterparts that we’ve spotted for our favorite pieces from this month’s new arrivals!

 

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boho pink silk dress

Floral Kaleidoscope image by Vonnie Dee // Johnny Was Printed Silk Hollow V-Neck Tunic

* Styling Tip: wear this tunic with heeled booties and statement earrings for a romantic summer date night. On colder days, dress it down with leggings, flats, and a jacket.

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Southwest print silk tunic by Johnny Was

Vintage Southwest tapestry // Johnny Was Printed Silk Alamo Tunic

* Styling Tip: this mid-length tunic pairs well with your favorite worn-in pair of jeans. Go full Southwest by adding cowboy boots, if you dare!

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spring floral pastel cargo pants by johnny was clothing

Watercolor by Joan Becker // Johnny Was Pete & Greta Flora Printed Cargo Pant

* Styling Tip: pick a simple top to truly let the print on these unique cargo pants shine! The pastel floral pattern is the perfect statement for spring.

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white blouse with blue boho embroidery by johnny was clothing

“Blueline No. 4″ by Andrea Pramuk // Johnny Was Biya Embroidered Arean Blouse

* Styling Tip: this breezy cotton blouse has a chic resortwear vibe. Wear it tucked in to white pants with a wide leather belt for a completely luxe look!

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.colorful printed silk blouse by johnny was clothing

Cactus watercolor print by Helen Dealtry // Johnny Was Printed Silk Teally Button Down Blouse

* Styling Tip: this statement-making printed blouse is the perfect spring-to-summer piece. In hotter months, tie a knot in the bottom and wear it with shorts!

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floral printed silk spring dress by johnny was clothing

Gustav Klimt, “Portrait of Maria Munk” (Unfinished) // Johnny Was Printed Silk Nanette Dress

* Styling Tip: this breezy silk dress makes a statement for any occasion. Pair it with flat sandals for a casual brunch, or wedges for a summer wedding!

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boho embroidered blouse by johnny was clothing

Floral print by Vikki Chu // Johnny Was 3J Workshop Valerie Victorian Yoke Blouse

* Styling Tip: the bold embroidery on this blouse makes it the ultimate boho piece. Pair it with your favorite jean shorts, sandals, and tons of layered jewelry for a festival-inspired warm-weather look!

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Aerial photograph by Kacper Kowlski // Johnny Was Printed Silk Fairchild Blouse

* Styling Tip: this blouse has a refined bohemian look; it’s perfect for the office when tucked in to trousers and paired with pumps.

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Your Johnny Was Signature Silk Scarf is the perfect accessory – it adds a pop of color to any outfit, instantly elevating a simple tee-and-jeans combo to a chic outfit! You probably have a favorite way to wear your Johnny Was Silk Scarf, but it’s even more versatile than you know!

 

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There are infinitely many ways to wear your favorite Johnny Was scarf, and we’re always coming up with new ideas. Each month, we show you a new way to tie our scarves. This month, it’s “The Infinity”, an elegant style that’s not too bulky – perfect for the transition to warmer Spring weather! Check out the steps below!

 

how to tie a silk scarf

 

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Handmade Silk Kimono by Johnny Was Clothing

Designer Biya Ramar has created this bohemian chic, reversible kimono for the Johnny Was Collection.  Inspired by the stories and traditions of the Orient along her travels, Biya Ramar’s vision was to combine the grace and elegance of the Japanese Kimono and marry it with the exotic and opulent prints, embroideries, and patterns of the Johnny Was line.

 

Our signature silk scarf prints were selected and collaged together by hand to create each unique kimono. All embroidery details and patterns were carefully picked and arranged to create these beautiful works of wearable art.

 

Johnny Was Silk Kimono Runway Lookbook

Hand-made silk kimonos walked the runway and graced the pages of our Spring 2014 Lookbook

 

 

 

Hand Made Silk Kimono by Johnny Was

One of the unique hand-made silk kimonos at our Santa Monica store.

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Silk Kimono Hand Made by Johnny Was

This hand-made silk kimono is available for purchase at our Santa Monica location.

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For pricing, please call our Santa Monica store at (310) 656 – 0600.

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Coachella 2014 Style Guide by Johnny Was Clothing

 

For Southern California residents, Coachella is more than just a music and arts festival. The yearly pilgrimage into the desert represents a chance to escape from LA traffic, dance under the wide-open Indio skies, and most importantly: show off meticulously thought-out and expertly accessorized Coachella looks. The Coachella crowd is a mix of young Angelinos, scantily-clad models, music-industry vets and celebrities blowing off steam – with fashion photographers taking note – so it’s no wonder that the focus on fashion is more intense at Coachella than at any other summer fest.

 

So the pressure is on to find the perfect Coachella look, but don’t stress – we’ve got you covered. No matter what type of festival-goer you are – and with 6+ stages, Coachella has entertainment enough for lovers of any music genre – Johnny Was has your perfect boho-chic look for Coachella 2014. Read on for our styling tips!

 

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Your Coachella Style Profile

 

1. THE BOHO PRINCESS

 

Coachella Boho Style Dress

SHOP THIS LOOK:

4 Love & Liberty Star Dress

Small Round Rings

Ultra Suede Wrap Bracelet (worn as headband)

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Your Style: You float around the festival grounds in diaphanous silk chiffons, girly lace pieces, and delicate accessories (no outfit is complete without a headband!).

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See You At: Broken Bells, the Head & the Heart, Lana Del Rey, taking the perfect Instagram in front of the ferris wheel.

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Pack: Floaty, light dresses that will keep you cool under the warm Indio sun. A white silk-chiffon piece, like our 4 Love & Liberty Star Dress, will reflect the sun’s rays during the day, while 3/4 sleeves keep you warm in the evening. Finish the look with a stack of delicate gold rings and a headband (we used our Ultra Suede Wrap Bracelet – who doesn’tlove a multi-functional accessory?)

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2. THE EARTH MOTHER

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Hippie Festival Style

SHOP THIS LOOK:

Johnny Was Vivienne Lacy Cover-Up

4 Love & Liberty Short Slip

Johnny Was Mixed-Print Maxi Skirt

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Your Style: You stroll through the campgrounds barefoot in a flowing, printed maxi. Your nouveau-hippie style and infectious smile make you friends wherever you go.

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See You At: Jagwar Ma, Waxahatchee, Kate Nash, making breakfast smoothies for your neighbors at the campsite.

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Pack: Eclectic mixed-print pieces make a major statement. We love this maxi skirt, which combines some of our most popular Spring signature silk prints into an eye-catching piece that will flow perfectly when you’re dancing with your friends. Pair it with a neutral basic silk slip and a light vest or cover-up, like our Vivienne Lacy Cover-Up, that you can easily throw in your bag during the hottest parts of the day.

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3. THE FREE SPIRIT

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Free Spirit Boho Coachella Look

SHOP THIS LOOK:

Johnny Was Kensa Waist Tie Poncho

Johnny Was Small Leather Cross-Body Bag

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Your Style: You’re a music fest veteran, cruising from stage to stage in maximum-ease pieces like a silk poncho that works with pants, shorts, or even just a bikini underneath. You’re not afraid to experiment with fun prints and patterns and know just how to accessorize any outfit.

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See You At: Poolside, Sleigh Bells, Little Dragon, cooling off in the Heineken Dome.

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Pack: A caftan is a Coachella must-have: wear it to over shorts to the festival, and throw it on over a bikini for the pool party you’ll undoubtably be invited to the following day. We love our Kensa Waist Tie Poncho because of its adjustable drawstring waist and fun boho print. Add a floppy hat and cross-body bag, like this tasseled bucket bag, to complete the look.

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4. THE ROCK’N'ROLL BABE

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Rocker Style Coachella Look

SHOP THIS LOOK:

3J Workshop Sammy Asymmetrical Top

Biya Embroidered Drezdon Backpack

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Your Style: You’re most at home in a pair of beat-up Chucks and cutoff denim shorts. Your style is casual, but with an indie-rock edge.

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See You At: Queens of the Stone Age, HAIM, Muse, sweet-talking your way into the VIP beer garden.

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Pack: Breezy button-down tops that are easy to throw on over shorts. During the hottest part of the day, roll up the sleeves, unbutton, or just take it off and tie it around your waist – just make sure you’re wearing a bikini top or bandeau underneath! Finish the look with a backpack to hold essentials like sunscreen and water bottles – we love our Drezdon Backpack for its embroidered detail.

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Plan out your Coachella looks carefully to make sure you’re stylish and comfortable throughout the weekend (and avoid being that girl that shows up for a three-day festival with 2 suitcases full of outfit options). We can’t wait to see the style snaps from this year’s festival!

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