Festival season is nearly here and I can hardly wait! Last year’s trip to Coachella taught me so much about how to prepare for those long, hot and dusty days while still keeping up the haute hippie glamorous look that I love. Whether you’re going to Coachella, The Governors Ball or Lollapalooza these are my tips for surviving the festivals and staying glam…
1. Maxi dresses are the BEST for festival glam. This dress from last year’s festival was the perfect chic boho look that also kept me cool and comfy. I wore it with platforms for brunch at the hotel and then gathered up the hem and made a big knot to one side and put on those low-heeled boots for a full day and night of festival comfort.
2. Boots are essential! Style-wise, these worked with everything I packed and they were stellar as far as keeping me comfortable and protecting my feet from getting stepped on in the crowds and the long, dusty walk just to get to the gates. Make sure you bring a pair of boots that are ‘tried and true’ and are broken-in already and super comfy – you’ll be on your feet for hours and hours. I also like to keep a pair of shortie socks in my bag just in case I need a little extra softness – by day 3 you’ll be glad you brought them.
3. Hats and sunglasses are another must-have. Coachella is very windy and dusty so you’ll want to protect your eyes from the dust and sun plus cute sunnies are always a good idea. I brought some classic aviators but opted for my glamorous frames most days. Make sure your hats are a little snug so they stay put!
4. Take full advantage of the fun lounges between shows. The H&M tent was my go-to spot each day of Coachella – they offered chilled water, make-up stations, a braid bar plus a DJ, photo booth and more all in an air-conditioned tent…definitely a heavenly retreat and so much fun!
5. A light, natural makeup look is perfect for Coachella – make sure you have a good tinted moisturizer with sunscreen plus a I like to wear a lip balm with an spf that also packs a pop of color and my favorite cheek shimmer, too. I keep these in my tote bag along with bandaids, my favorite sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, a ponytail holder for when the wind picks up, phone charger and a long-sleeve top in case it gets chilly at night or if I’ve had too much sun and need to cover up a little.