What's better than turning 20 years old?
Turning 20 on your way to see some the best acts in the nation perform in Indio! As one of the most notorious music festivals in the world (among Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, and Burning Man), I had to see what all the hype was about. For the Record, I love electronic music, but I'm not all about the PLUR-Electric Forest-Ultra lifestyle; It's too intense for me and I personally would rather attend a festival where there is variety of genres rather than a variety of electronic sub-genre's. Besides, I was excited to see what fashion-festival trends I would spot over my 3 days in the valley.
Like any experienced festival-goer and music lover, I always have my essential items. For Coachella, staying hydrated is absolutely essential and extremely easy if you have a camelback! Sunscreen, chapstick, a bandana to protect yourself from the dust (Avoid the "Coachella Cough" at all costs, trust me), Advil or Tylenol, wet wipes, earplugs, facial mist, an extra battery pack to charge your phone, and your favorite pair of sun shades to top it all off. After about the first day of Weekend 1, the grass of the festival space turns to dust due to all the foot traffic. I made sure to pack my custom iridescent Huaraches and classic navy Doc Marten's to be as comfortable as I could be.
Before I go on any further, there's once thing I must address..Whenever we talk about fashion, especially festival fashion, there's always some controversy. For the record, I'm talking about cultural appropriation and how when a cultural symbol is taken out of it's relative setting the meaning behind that symbol is lost or denigrated. I came into the experience thinking that because I was in one of the more liberal states in America, that I wouldn't encounter these things-Boy, was I wrong. The first day, I saw countless red, glittery bindi's adorned on girls foreheads with matching crop tops and white shorts. The second day, I observed a full grown woman prancing around in a Native American costume, headers and all *cringe*. So when it comes to this folks, just don't do it. Not only is it tacky but ignorant and disrespectful to those whose cultural heritage has been ridiculed, colonized, and actively made into a joke or even oppressed today (See Standing Rock, or any Aziz Ansari's Master of None for more).
First thing's first....what did I wear?
-Hair in braids so that I could move (and later mosh) comfortably while also getting a base tan.
-Tank Top from Boomboomthelabel Long Weekend Contrast Two Piece- (that has unfortunately been discontinued).
-Vintage Harley Davidson patch shorts from my mom (Thanks, Ginger!).