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Refinery 29 Coachella’s 8 style tips!

April 13, 2010

Sunshine, free-flowing beer, summertime jams…yes, music festival season is upon us. But unlike most carefree al-fresco events, these epic outdoor gatherings take some serious planning. One miscalculated clothing item or forgotten beauty product and you could end up spending your time in the medic’s unit with cases of dehydration, sunburn, and extreme fugliness. But we’ve figured out just the right combo of elements to help you stay cool andlooking cooler. All you have to do is follow these eight simple tips to make the most of the great (musical!) outdoors.

1. Printed dress + Belt = An easy perfect outfit—It’s a fool-proof look that’s got plenty of punch. Nothing keeps you cooler than variations of a thin-leather belt and a pretty, off-the-body dress.

Above, from left: Feature Floral Print Dress, $98, available at Pixie MarketStaring At The Stars Chiffon Sundress, $58, available at Urban OutfittersAmerican Eagle OutfittersSkinny Braided Belt, $19.50, available at American Eagle OutfittersRachel Pally Buckle Elastic Belt, $92, available at Dear FieldbinderRachel Comey Multi-Hinge Belt, $235, availabel at Frances MaySteven Alan Parker Dress, $248, available at Steven Alan.

2. Use protection—Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Whether it’s on your body, your lips, or in your makeup, products packing some major SPF are your best friend.

Above, from left: Vincent Longo SPF20 Pearl Lipstick, $23, available at;Clinique Almost Bronzer SPF15, $28.50, available at Lord & TaylorJ. Crew Spring Lookbook Photo; Dermologica Oil Free Matte Sunblock SPF20, $45, available at Ultra BeautyWalgreens Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF70, $7.99, available at Walgreens.

3. Store your crap in a utilitarian vest—If a purse is too much to handle, opt for a lightweight vest with plenty of secured pockets to keep your hands free for more important things!

Above, from left: National Jean Company Army Vest, $92, available at National Jean CompanyAmerican Eagle Outfitters Soft Military Vest, $34.95, available at American Eagle OutfittersJ. Crew Twill Utility Vest, $98, available at J. Crew.

4. Top it off with a hat—on’t forget your cranium! Hats do double duty by shielding your eyes and preventing your scalp from too much sun. Lightweight straw hats with air vents keep your head happy.
Above, clockwise from top left: American Eagle Outfitters Zig-Zag Fedora, $19.50, available at American Eagle OutfittersMadewell Panama Hat, $42, available at Madewell Stores;Wren Spring Lookbook Photo; Topshop Curved Straw Boater Hat, $40, available atTopshopAlbertus Swanepoel Kasena Straw Fedora, $420, available at Net-A-Porter.

5. Pick some pieces with built-in ventilation—Go back to your rock roots with clothes that are truly hole-y. The best part? They’ll provide a bit of breeze while you maintain your street cred.
Above, from left: Evil Twin Naked Under Leather T-Shirt, $64.25, available at ASOS; Cheap Monday Snake Cutout Tank Dress, $45, available at ShopbopAlexander Wang Slit Back Tank, $295, available at ShopbopAlice + Olivia Sonia Crochet Tank, $330, available atAlice + OliviaIRO Spring Lookbook Photo.

6. Choose a bandeau—Colorful bandeaus can be layered under loose-fitting shirts, or worn by themselves in extreme, sweltering conditions.

Above, from left: American Apparel Space Scape Cotton Tube Bra, $15, available atAmerican ApparelTopshop Summer Lookbook Photo; Roxy Shorebreak Bandeau Top, $18.50, available at PacsunUndrest Knitted Bandeau Bikini Top, $120, available at Net-A-PorterOld Navy Bandeau Top, $16.50, available at Old NavyLauren Moffatt Spring Lookbook Shot.

7. Go with a daring up-do—use braids, pigtails, and clips to keep your hair up and out of your face while experimenting with some of the season’s coolest styles and accessories.

Above, from left: John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray, $16.50, available atDrugstore.comOpening Ceremony Spring Lookbook Shot; Urban Outfitters Feather Bow Bobby Pins, $14 for two, available at Urban OutfittersPixie Market Spring Lookbook Shot;Topshop Floppy Bow Headband, $24, available at Topshop.

8. Can’t ditch the bag? Choose wisely then—Pick fanny-packs, cross-bodies satchels, backpacks, and other carry-alls that don’t require you to use your hands.
Above, from left: Newport News Double Wrap Belt Bag, $29, available at Newport News;Dusen Dusen Tie-Dye Backpack, $110, available at In God We TrustTheory Spring Lookbook Photo; Skinny and Bernie Vintage Straw Market Bag, $13, available at Etsy (lots of similar styles on Etsy and eBay); Lucky Brand Fringed Cross-Body Bag, $99, available atLord & Taylor.

This Post was made by  Connie wang & Piera Gelardi by Refinery 29.

I could not agree more with these ladies picks for must have at this years Music festival. I will have most importantly alot of sunscreen on and a hat to save my skin from peeling and any other mess! This year I believe that Coachella might be not as hot during the day and a bit chilly at night. I have heard reports of the sight of snow on the mountain tops near by!!! I am so excited and cannot wait for friday !!!

<3 N

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 15, 2010 10:27 pm

    This would be very helpful… if i was going :(
    Have fun! I will tell all my friends to check this out before they pack their bags!

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