Hello Glam & Sassy loves! If you are a music lover like I am, you probably know it is that crazy time of year when amazing bands, international DJ’s, A list celebrities and wanna be flower children head to the California desert to dance and party for three days straight. Then do it all again the following weekend. Yes, I am talking about Coachella and in addition to the fun and festivities, there is also another F word going on there, and that is of course, fashion. After experiencing this phenomenon, I wanted to impart my survival tips to you so that you skip the learning curve and do it right the first time. What you wear is as important as what you don’t and what you bring can make all the difference in whether you can make it though this marathon of music.
Head to Toe:
You are going to be outside. In the hot sun. For hours. You are going to be doing a lot of walking and a lot of dancing. Did I mention the amount of walking haha? Then before you can say “it’s dark out and I haven’t eaten yet today”, it will be night time and the party is still going strong. This past weekend, the biggest headliners of the event didn’t come on until 10:30pm, so dress prepared for a very long but very fun day. Depending on your age and your style, your outfit can range from hardly any clothing to something more, let’s say, Glam & Sassy. What worked best for me was my fave Hudson denim shorts paired with a flowy tank top by Ella Moss, and booties. Another variation of this look is to rock floral Converse kicks. Whatever footwear you choose, be sure it is not only cute, but comfortable. Nothing spoils a good time like feet that hurt after the first few miles of walking or hours of dancing. Sandals are an option too, but wear them at your own risk which means you can’t get mad at every clueless chick that steps on your perfectly pedicured toes. If your hair is long, channel your inner hippie and pop in a few braids. When the sun goes down, the wind can kick up. Tie a pretty bandana around your neck to protect from all the desert dust. This is a popular item at Coachella, and if you forget yours, you can pick one up at the General Store on the grounds. They even come in pink. Guess which color I got?
Back it Up:
Almost as important as bringing your bootie shaking dance moves to Coachella, which you will definitely need at the DJ Mustard, Jack U, and Calvin Harris stages, you should bring a few other essentials I considered to be my survival kit. Although you can’t bring water or any liquids through security, you can buy once inside. My advice is to buy as many as you can carry as you will realize in the dry desert air you will end up needing it faster than you can arrange to get it. Not to mention the other dehydrating activities you may engage in. Bring a lightweight back pack you can use to stock up on water bottles and you will always have your own oasis at your fingertips. Also, throw in a sweatshirt or button down in case the temperature drops at night. For the record, I did not camp, I mean come on, have you met me, and even if you haven’t, I think you can guess that anyone writing a blog called Glam & Sassy is not the “roughing it” type. That said, the bathroom situation is less than desirable, although they were definitely better in the VIP section. Either way, hand sanitizer is a must as well as properly timed trips to the restroom. You don’t want to have to run to the ladies room as soon as the beats drops and miss out on the energy and excitement! After all, that’s what you came to experience at Coachella, and there is nothing quite like it!
Make your Rounds:
There is so much happening simultaneously at these festivals, and there is no way you will be able to see and do all of it. Download the Coachella app and decide who you must see and walk around in between and check out the other performances. Between the loud music, the flashing lights, the rowdy crowds and the extreme weather, you may find yourself in sensory overload. Take some time the next day to regroup, recharge and recover…and then go and do it all again! It is the Glam & Sassy way!