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Southern California’s summer festival season recently kicked off with two weekends of Coachella, but now it’s country music lovers’ turn to take over the Empire Polo Fields. The Stagecoach festival, held this April 25 – 27, will headline Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan, and is sure to draw a crowd of country fans. Festival style at Stagecoach tends more towards casual bikini-and-cowboy-boot combos than trendy printed dresses, but we don’t see any reason why you can’t bring a little boho-chic to the wild west party! Read on for our Stagecoach Festival 2014 must-haves!


What to Wear to Stagecoach Festival


1. A Casual Embroidered Dress


A loose, casual dress in a breathable fabric thrown on over your bikini will be the perfect way to stay cool in the blazing desert sun while still looking fashion-forward. A floral print is predictable, that’s why we’d go for an embroidered piece that offers just the right amount of “boho frontier” flair.


Stagecoach Festival Fashion Embroidered Dresses

SHOP THESE LOOKS: Danielle Peasant Dress, Fatima Mexican Peasant Tunic, Bianca Linen Tank Tunic


2. Lots of Turquoise Jewelry


Turquoise jewelry is a signature of the American South-West. Pile on bracelets and rings in mixed media with turquoise accents for a boho-chic accessory look.



Turquoise Bracelets Stagecoach Festival Accessories

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3. An Embroidered Denim Shirt


Granted, it’s scorching hot in Indio during the daytime. But once the sun goes down, temperatures drop dramatically, so you’ll want to come prepared with a light jacket or shirt to layer over your daytime outfit. We’d choose an embroidered denim shirt for the ultimate cowgirl-chic look. If you’re already wearing jean shorts, don’t stress – if there’s any place where denim-on-denim is acceptable, it’s Stagecoach!



Stagecoach Festival Fashion Embroidered Denim Shirt

SHOP THESE LOOKS: Fatima Basic Shirt, Kreley Western Shirt, Natalie Button-Back Shirt


4. A Fringe Bag


Fringe adds a bohemian accent to any look, but it can overwhelm an outfit – that’s why we’d go for a bag with some fringe detailing. Choose a small purse or cross-body bag that can hold the essentials (water bottle, chapstick, cell phone, wallet, hand sanitizer) but doesn’t weigh you down while navigating through the crowds.


Stagecoach Festival Fashion Fringe Bags

SHOP THESE LOOKS: Small Leather Crossbody Bag, Punchwork Crossbody Bag, Beaded Feathers Bag




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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…




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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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!




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.


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!


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.


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!


.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!


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!


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!


printed silk blouse by johnny was clothing

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!




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.


Silk Kimono Hand Made by Johnny Was

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


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





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