FESTIVAL VIBEZZZZZZZZ. No, but really. Coachella kicks off festival season this weekend and whether it’s in the deserts of Palm Springs for Coachella, Chicago’s Grant Park for Lollapalooza, or even in my own backyard of Miami for Rolling Loud Fest, the hot weather brings out the best music and arts festivals all summer long. However, the biggest hurdle? Curating a sick festival style wardrobe without going broke, which is why I want to show you guys how you can shop the pieces you already own, while still a wewdding a few new goodies,
This time around I broke out of my comfort zone and did a little sum’n sum’n with the most badass photography duo @zerepinera and I’m so happy with how it turned out! Also, I love shooting at dusk so this setting was absolutely perfect-alllll the good vibes. I was honestly so nervous and scared because since the beginning of my blog, I’ve been so accustomed to shooting with my mom (yea guys, my mom takes all my outfit shots), so getting in front of someone else’s camera made me almost nauseous. But they came out sick! And now I’m starting to get ‘Chella fomo, mehh.
For the looks themselves, I wanted to take an honest approach and shop my closet the most I could and fill in any gaps with some newly purchased goodies. Honestly, never been to Coachella-not sure if I’ll ever go-but I love the desert inspiration and the style is always so laid back and mixes with everything I love (prints, pants, and no-frills easy dressing) so it was fun to experiment for a bit and see what I can put together with what I already own. Shopping for a new festival wardrobe is always fun, but shopping your closet and updating a few items is just as fun and creative AND gives you freedom to enjoy the festival with even more cash than you were expecting!
Throughout each look, I’ll let you know which items I already owned and which ones are new to give some insight on how useful it is to shop your closet for festivals like these. Let’s get started.
SWEET AND COMFY
For this first look, I had this wide brim stiff hat I got months ago at a small shop in town (RIP Spin Gallery) that I knew I wanted to pull out again specifically for festival season. I just recently bought this black ruffle crop top that I figured would pair really well with the hat, so I figured with an all black top half I might as well go print-happy for the bottom half. I picked up these new palm leaf printed culottes (gauchos?) from Zara that made the outfit so absolutely comfortable yet still gave it a feminine, sweet feel. I finished it off with some new slides and of course statement earrings, because hello-me. Now that I’m writing this down, I just realized this entire outfit aside from the hat is from Zara lol whoops. Moving on…
**Exact items linked below or slide to shop similar styles**
Earrings (OLD): Zara
Top (OLD): Zara
Culottes (NEW): Zara
Slides (NEW): Zara
KAT IN A NUTSHELL
For this second look I went for something that I literally would wear myself if I was going to Coachella this weekend. I started off with these white high-rise trousers that I just got and cannot stop wearing. I figured I would pair it with a crop top and the same hat as before (pretty simple) but I wanted to get creative since that just seemed a bit boring. I used this old scarf I thrifted a while back and folded it end to end, tied the longest part across my chest, and then brought the remaining end up across one shoulder and tied it to the back knot, making a cute little make-shift top (!). From there on, the look finished itself with black leather lace up sandals I’ve worn to death, cross earrings I’ve had for months, and topped with the boater hat. This look is definitely my favorite out of the bunch and the one that resonates with me the most.
Leather Sandals (OLD): Free People, similar here
Sunglasses (OLD): Ray-Ban
You ever have that one piece in your closet that’s like your GO-TO no matter what? That’s what this skirt is to me. I’ve owned it now for almost three years and whenever I need to feel good in something or do a quick change or absolutely anything else, this skirt has pulled through. I had no idea it would end up like this when I first got it but hey, that’s how it usually goes right? So for this look I automatically grabbed this piece to start with and then figured since it’s all about those dusty desert vibes, let me pair it with an old band tee. I honestly don’t even remember how I got this t-shirt (may have taken it from one of my friends or my siblings, oops) but I went ahead and cut open the front to give it some more interest. I was going to go with a lace bralette but saw this gold chain link bra instead and have always wanted to try it out so I went with that. I then added some of my most tried and true booties from Forever 21 I purchased ages ago (maybe 5 years now), a layered necklace because why not and capped it all off with a new tassled fanny pack from Forever 21, which is so sick and is perfect for all the festivals coming up so yay! Score!
Gold Bralette (NEW): Forever 21
Necklace (NEW): similar here
Tassle Fanny Pack (NEW): Forever 21, similar here
This last look was honestly a little too risky for me to ever consider wearing it out myself, but I knew some other girls might be more into this type of look AND it was the one outfit that I owned every single piece already and spent no money to put together, so I figured why not. It’s fun and breezy and perfect for the hot summer weather. You have a hat for sun protection, a bandana for dust deflection, and thigh high boots to literally stomp your way through all zee festival grounds. The bathing suit also let’s you relax a bit more in case you get it wet or dirty; it’ll be a breeze to clean. Overall, not my first choice of looks but for not spending any money to style it, I’m definitely pleased!
Newsboy Cap (OLD): Forever 21, similar here
Bandana/Scarf (OLD): Sam Edelman
Boots (OLD): Thrifted but brand is Ann Taylor LOFT, similar here
Photography by @zenepineira
Let me know if you’re going to Coachella and if not, what other festivals are you looking forward to?