How do we know summer is on the horizon? When the outdoor music festivals begin. First up is Coachella and quickly leading into Stagecoach (both in California) and further followed by our other favorites, CMA in Nashville and Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN. All of these all-day, outdoor affairs set the stage for some cool hot-weather style. “Festival dressing is an expression of creativity; it’s playful and gives you the freedom to take your personal style to the next level,” says Miki Ash, our social media wonder woman and co-host of our recent festival-prep brunch in Los Angeles in conjunction with Janey Lopaty PR. For a gorgeous afternoon in April, they gathered a group of seriously cool women together to discuss their personal style and spring/summer dressing.

 

The scene was a sunny backyard in the West Hollywood neighborhood of LA, and between the fragrant citrus trees, homemade agua fresca and decadent eats, we were all in the spirit of summer. “The secret for fun, festival looks is to mix and match prints, whether you’re going for a boho or more rock ‘n roll vibe,” adds Miki. So, to make your look really stand out in the crowd, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite festival picks.

 

All About Layers

Just like Monique Coleman (@_moniquecoleman) and Alessandra Torresani (@bambolabambina) we’re all about layering on the style when you’re outdoors all day (once the sun sets you’ll want a jacket). Whether it’s a denim jacket or one of our kimono covers, this is a festival necessity.

 

Carry Something Smart

 

 

Pick a purse that big enough to stash essentials like phone, sunscreen and the all-important portable charger but that also has a cross-body strap so you’re not stuck toting your carry-all in your hand. Or, if you want something a bit bigger, try a lightweight backpack.

Go with Lightweight Fabrics

 

Whether you’re looking for a little sparkle and sequins like Ashley Fultz (@thestyleeditrix) in the Eden Sequin Top or the Parker Mini Shift Dress, pick fabrics with a hint of sheer that allow you to keep your cool in the heat.

Walk in Comfort & Style

 

 

Most outdoor festivals are either on grass or dirt so we always like a closed-toed shoe instead of a slide. Pick a style that’s easy to slip off and on, looks cool and is easy to wear all day. “Don’t be afraid to play with something bold when you’re out all day,” adds Miki. “Now is the time to really have fun with your look.”

For more ideas on dressing for an all-day festival, shimmy on over to our newest collection right here.