How To Dress Like You’re Going To A Music Festival

The complete title of this post should really read: “How To Dress Like You’re Going To A Music Festival…When You Don’t Even Know The Lineup” but that was too long to fit in the title space.  So now you know what you’re in for.  I just have to get something off my chest, this is a real life confession, and you may just not like me as much for it but I gotta be honest.  Here goes.  Deep breath.

I don’t think I’d like music festivals.  If someone handed me a wad of cash and a nanny for three days and said: “Here you go!  Go to Coachella!” I would quite honestly head straight to Disneyland and have the best three days ever.  I am quite certain, as much as I LOVE MUSIC, that music festivals are most likely not for me.  Plus, I’m really more of a Shawn Mendes person than Modest Mouse and  I don’t run with the “hip” music crowd, I’ll listen to vintage Britney any day over John Legend.  And now you like me even less don’t you.  Oh well.  In the words of the great philosopher, “I am what I am.”  And I most definitely would probably LOVE green eggs and ham, FYI.

All this being said, I must share with you that my music festival resume, per say, is quite limited.  So, there is a chance I would enjoy such a thing.  As long as camping is not involved.  Oh, and there’s air conditioning or a beach nearby.  And we’re back…

When I was in high school, my parents took me to a Christian Music Festival called Spirit West Coast that was basically the “safer” version of your average festival.  I put the word “safe” in quotes because to be honest, I don’t know much about regular music festivals and I also know better than to just automatically assume that anything Christian is automatically “safe”.  That being said, it was definitely tamer than most concerts could get, but it had a lot of elements that I would imagine any music festival would hold.  TONS of people.  Check.  Moving like herds of cattle over bridges and funneling slowly but surely (and noisily) into concert venues, all the while baking in the hot merciless sunshine.  NOISE, noise, and more noise.  Check.  We did camp (see, I HAVE camped in my life A LOT before you guys!) when we went one year, and the relentless high school girl high pitched screaming went on for the full 24 hours.  Also, people bringing their own instruments and trying to participate in the festival at midnight.  This is not appreciated, BTW.  HEAT, DIRT, and crappy food.  Check.  It’s mandatory that you receive at the very least a medium intensity sunburn despite the pounds of sunscreen you apply.  Also, you must be covered in a fine film of dust all the while sucking down sodas and eating something that was once food and has now been fried in something that was once considered oil.  Gross.  Exhaustion by mid afternoon, but desperately loading up on sugar and caffeine so you can make it to the headliner.  Which is the whole reason you are enduring this business to begin with.  Check.  Time for another confession.  I most definitely planned on meeting and marrying one of the guys from the band DC Talk (anyone remember them? Hello children of the 90s!) so I made it my mission to see ALL of their concerts.  And then I finally got up close to the stage, close enough to touch him, and then realized he was about…three quarters of my size.  Sigh.  The man of my high school dreams was a pint sized human being with a voice the size of Texas.  Drat. My dream died right there (because you know his stature was the main thing keeping us apart…ah forbidden love) but my mission to see them in concert did not.  The days spent as sunbaked fried food eating cattle were mostly about seeing as many concerts that I may or may not care about, all to stay alert for DC Talk.  Worth it?  Sure…why not.

The memory highlight of this festival experience was seeing Katy Perry (at that time she was Katy Hudson) running around with her friends (I had met her that year at a local church) and later remembering this and telling it as my “celebrity anecdote”…how I “knew her” (met her) before she kissed a girl and liked it.

There’s a big “but” coming after all this.  Not a big BUTT, a big BUT.  I love dressing like I’m going to a music festival.  Because it’s okay to dress like it and not go.  Here are some small guidelines to adhere to, so that you can get questions like “oh are you going to Coachella?” when you’re really just buying the ingredients for shepherd’s pie.  (I speak from experience).

  1. FRINGE.  Go with the fringy boots, ALWAYS.  Because you always want to protect your feet from the dirt at music festivals and regardless of what you’re doing, the fringe is swishy and fun to walk in.
  2. FEATHERS.  Yes, you CAN wear fringe and feathers in the same outfit as long as you play it cool.  Go with fringe boots and feather earrings for example.  You have the rest of your outfit as a buffer for the fact that you may be twinning with Steven Tyler.
  3. CUT OFFS.  The essential festival wear is also the essential summer wear, so keep em guessing.  The great news is that if you’re not comfortable with booty shorts, get a good pair of loose-ish jeans (just make sure they’re loose in the thigh area so you have the freedom to roll them up if you want AND they won’t give you a thigh bulge!) and cut them off at the height you want them.  I recommend cutting them at a slight angle up from the inner thigh to the outer thigh…so they’re a teeny tiny bit shorter at the outside than the inside.  Again, they DO NOT have to be shorty shorts.  But this slight angle gives a more flattering look to them.
  4. IX-NAY ON THE GLITTER.  Sorry guys.  I love glitter, and I would totally wear it on a daily basis, but ONLY with a simpler outfit.  If you wear glitter, glitter tattoos, or henna tattoos, you will be in FULL festival mode and this is where it gets a tad sketchy when you’re just picking up your kids from school.  Don’t get me wrong.  You can do it if you want to, but you are entering costume territory and will get stared at and get asked about your favorite Radiohead song.  And to that question, I have no answer except I love Justin Bieber.

Shameless self promotion time.  This duster is the newest piece from Velvet California (my clothing line baby!) and I love it.  I’m modeling the prototype and it’s coming soon to the site!  I hope you love it too! 🙂

Oh, if you don’t have three layer fringe Minnetonka boots, get them.  In multiple colors 🙂
Katy

 

 

On Basics…Maxi Skirt Wearing

It’s week three of “Basics…Anything But”!  Now I totally realize that MY definition of “basics” may not be the same as everyone else’s.  For example, I would qualify a slip dress and a kimono as “basics”.  However, I’m trying my darndest to keep THESE basics ACTUAL basics that may be in the average person’s closet.  After I’m done with those, I’ll probably move on to things like the slip dress and kimono and all that just to keep emphasizing how much every woman should have them in her closet!  But for now, I’m trying to stick to BASIC basics!

Today, let’s talk MAXI SKIRTS!  I decided to take a solid maxi skirt and show you some fun and unpredictable ways to mix in this basic with some other pieces you may have in your closet…or you may be looking to buy!  As always, you can use a lot of different fabrics, patterns, and styles of skirt to change up this look!  The sky is the limit!  But let me tell you about what I used, and why!

THE SKIRT:  I purchased this skirt from Free People new a few years ago.  It was exactly what I was looking for, and at the time, there weren’t a lot of maxi skirts to be found, so I looked at it as an investment piece that I could wear a lot of different ways, and boy have I used the heck out of this skirt!  Now truthfully, these kinds of skirts are a lot more plentiful, so getting one at a thrift store or at Target is highly likely, and at a fraction of the price.
FIT: The skirt I used has an elastic waistband, which is KEY for these looks.  Why?  Because the elastic allows you to wear the skirt at a variety of places and not just on your waist.  I have done some of these looks with a non elastic waistband maxi, and it can work, it’s just not as comfortable or easy.  I used a slightly gathered skirt, but a more gathered skirt will add a little extra bohemian glamour, while a non gathered one will be a more fitted look.  Either way works just fine!
FABRIC: This skirt is a stretch jersey…again, you can use a non stretch cotton, but the stretchy flowy fabrics will lay a bit better, be less bulky on, and simply be more comfortable!

Let’s get down to it!  A maxi skirt can go SO many different directions!  This look is great with a solid, striped, floral, or aztec print as well.  You decide 🙂

LOTSA LAYERS
To be honest, I bought these two skirts together…to wear exactly like this!  I saw them in a Free People magazine and went out and bought them (they are the same in two different colors) because I needed a dress for a wedding and I couldn’t find one I liked!  However, I have done this EXACT same thing with multiple different variations of skirts, so you do not need to have two of the same to do this!

Okay, so you get the idea?  One skirt pulled up above your boobs like a strapless dress, the skirt underneath at your waist, belted, and…boom.  Flowy strapless bohemian goodness.  I’m a BIG fan of belts that tie on, but a regular belt would work just fine too!  I love gladiator sandals with this look because it’s cool for summer and adds to the boho flair!  The Free People skirts I have are sold out, but HERE is a really cool more fitted and rusched sides one (it has an extra sale code right now too!) If you want to splurge and get a great piece, try HERE.
THRIFTY TIP:  Shop your local thrift shops for maxi skirts!  They are much more common than they used to be.  Also, places like Target, Old Navy, and Forever 21 often have them for around $20.  Don’t forget to check ThredUp too!
SWAP IT OUT:  Change out the gladiator sandals for cowboy boots or just regular boots.  It changes the look of the outfit!  Also, a cool pair of palazzo pants underneath instead of a second skirt is super fun!  I’ve done this before and it looks really cool!
CRAFTY DIY:  Don’t have a tie on belt?  Get some thick ribbon or a strip of cool fabric (denim would be super cool!) and tie a bow at your waist!  It adds a whole new look to the outfit!  Wear it this way with some heels and you got yourself a brand new vibe to the same outfit!

COACHELLA?  KIMONO-CHELLA
This look basically turns your maxi skirt into a dress…with a little extra flair!

Okay, so again, you pull up your skirt as a strapless dress, then use the kimono belt to create a “waist” for your new dress!  I used some boho inspired accessories because it really seemed to go with the look of the kimono/skirt combo.  For kimonos, a splurge is HERE or HERE and to save some $$, try vintage robes on Etsy or look HERE.
THRIFTY TIP:  My necklace is from Child of Wild, so if you want to splurge on a statement piece, check them out.  However, this look is available for SO MUCH LESS now!!  Check THIS page out!
SWAP IT OUT:  Use a more fitted stretchy skirt.  Almost like a pencil fit maxi.  You’ll get a really sexy sleek strapless dress effect!
CRAFTY DIY:  If you don’t have a kimono, use a large square scarf, OR a large square piece of fabric, fold it in half, and put it over your shoulders with the point in the back.  Tuck in the front pieces into a belt, and you’ll create a poncho like effect and still get the same type of look!

THE WILD WEST
The beauty of an elastic waist skirt is that it can sit anywhere on your body.  It can be low waisted or high waisted…and that gives you versatility for what kind of top you can wear!

For this look, I pulled up my skirt to make it high waisted, allowing me to knot my denim top and go full western gal!
THRIFTY TIP: I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  Chambray tops tend to be fairly easy to find at thrift stores.  Also, I got mine from Target and it is awesome!
SWAP IT OUT: Use a patterned top!  A plaid flannel would be adorable!
CRAFTY DIY:  Don’t have a bolo?  I got mine from the FABULOUS Hillbilly Gypsy Boots (email her and ask for a custom order!)  Here’s a SUPER fun DIY post on how to make your own out of things like bottle caps and stuff for all you UBER crafty peeps out there!

TOUGH AND TUMBLE
What’s not predictable with a flowy, girly maxi?  A tough graphic tee!  For this look I added some more masculine elements to balance out the skirt and make it interesting!

I thought that a Harley tee, desert booties, a belt, and a squash blossom would be a fun addition to the skirt.
THRIFTY TIP: I got these J Crew booties at a second hand store, but I highly recommend the Tom’s ones since the J Crew ones are sold out!  HERE is a FABULOUS alternative however, and at half the cost!
SWAP IT OUT: Swap the booties for cowboy boots, and use a floral or a sweet girly print tee.  Still adorable, but just changes the look a bit!
CRAFTY DIY: I got this shirt in the men’s section at Goodwill for $4.  I took my scissors to it and made it more awesome!  Find some great old tees and cut the sleeves down (makes the shirt look less like a men’s shirt!) and cut a few holes in it.  You’ll have a great vintage looking tee for a fraction of the cost!  Also, places like Forever 21 are doing GREAT replicas of band tees for CHEAP!

Give it a go!  I hope these posts are super helpful for you and inspire you to be a tad more daring with what you already have!  Once I discovered that I could wear some of my skirts like dresses, it opened up a whole new realm of possibility for my closet!

HAPPY MIDWEEK!
Katy

On Basics…and Being Anything But.

Most of you guys know me by now.  And if this is the first post you’ve read, hi!  My name is Katy, and I wear weird stuff.  I love putting clothes together that “don’t belong” and pairing stuff that could be “totally wrong” together.  So when I wear basics, I get bored if I don’t spice them up a bit.  Despite all this, I do love a good basic!  Welcome to my new series: Basics…Anything BUT!!!  I’m taking that “don’t be basic” thing to the next level, so come along with me if you feel like adding some spice to your life!

I’m gonna try to show you how you can take simple things (things you may have in your drawers) and make them more interesting using only a few extra pieces.  Some of them you may have in your closet, and some of them will be worth buying to add interest to many potential outfits hiding out in there, just waiting to be inspired!  But I’ll do my best to give you some DIY ideas, thrifting tips, and links to fun stuff you may want to snag at a bargain (or as much of a bargain as I can find!).  As ALWAYS…these ideas are meant to INSPIRE you.  Change things up as you get ideas…find your OWN unique spice to add in, because I know you got it in you!

Today it’s all about that blue gingham shirt.  You know, that one shirt that you always see in the J Crew catalog.  The one that the girl who always dresses really well sports with a pencil skirt or the perfect boyfriend jeans.  This is a key item for your closet, no matter WHAT your style, because it’s an easy go-to item.  It always looks tailored and precise.  Whether you buy it from J Crew, Gap, or a thrift store (this is a PERFECT item to thrift, the second hand shops tend to be loaded with them), it always looks nice.  The obvious things to wear this shirt with would be the things I already mentioned, but of course, my style bent always leans towards the unexpected, so that’s exactly where we are going to go today!

VINTAGE FUNK
This is for when you want to be either rocker chic, or just tomboy for the day.  Fun, easy, and great layering for spring time weather!

This look is ALL about the thrift store you guys.  Layering a tee over a gingham shirt has ENDLESS options!
THRIFTY TIP:  Shop thrift stores for vintage tees (focus on the men’s section and just look in the appropriate correlating size that will fit you) and loafers.  Boyfriend jeans are also a great thrift store find, you just have to be persistent.  If you want to go with the new option, I would suggest Gap (watch for sales) or Levi’s (vintage are best though!).
SWAP IT OUT:  Switch this look up by adding tennis shoes and and make it more sporty.  A Harley tee or a black destroyed tee and a pair of heels will turn this into a rocker chic outfit in no time!
CRAFTY DIY:  To get the rocker chic look easy-peasy, thrift a black tee and go crazy on that thing.  Stretch it out, cut a few holes with some scissors, and cut and fray the sleeves and the bottom hem.

DENIM CLASSIC
This look feels inspired by the J Crew catalog, but with an element of personality that keeps it from being straight off the pages.

Layering a chambray top over the gingham (pull the gingham collar and sleeves out to add texture) creates some layers that add interest.  Add a statement necklace and some black booties.
THRIFTY TIP:  Chambray tops, denim button downs, and denim jackets are all great thrift store items.  Also, Target usually has a decent selection of them (this one is Merona from Target) for under or around $20.  SQUASH BLOSSOM WOES?  THIS ONE will only set you back $18, and no one will be the wiser.  You won’t regret it!
SWAP IT OUT:  Another really fun layering idea is to layer a patterned button down over the gingham instead of the chambray.  A floral would be gorgeous!
CRAFTY DIY:  Don’t have a squash blossom or a great statement necklace?  Craft stores are typically loaded with beads and cool pendants.  Often if you just visit the bead section you will get inspired by just looking at what they have and that clear stuff that looks like fishing line is super easy to string beads on!

NONSENSICAL LACE
Layering a lace dress over a gingham shirt and bell bottoms?  I must be mad…


This look is like preppy meets festival wear.  Because, who says you have to decide to be one or the other?  If you can, be both! 🙂  The key to this look is to pull the collar and the sleeves out so that the shirt is still the under layer and it’s obvious.
THRIFTY TIP:  Lace is very IN right now, so you’re in luck!  The best way to pull this look off, is to head down to a thrift shop and shop the lingerie section for vintage slips or robes.  Lots of FUN!  Also, Forever 21 has SO MANY that would layer BEAUTIFULLY for this look…just check THESE out.
SWAP IT OUT:  Don’t have lace or lace just not your thing?  Try crochet.  A crochet tank top or dress would be a great swap for this look!
CRAFTY DIY:  Leather necklaces like this one are everywhere and they often cost more than a pretty penny, know what I’m saying?  Head to your local craft store and buy an assortment of leather laces, ribbon, and lace.  Make a “loop”, which will be the necklace part out of a leather lace, then tie a bunch of ribbon, lace, and even chain on…and you’ll basically recreate this look at a fraction of the price.  Don’t wanna craft? (I feel ya) THIS ONE is virtually the same for only $15!

CLASSIC ALL AMERICAN.  WITH A TWIST.
Red, white, and blue.  Oh yeah, and pink.  Why not?  Let’s keep it interesting!

A gingham shirt with a red skirt (no matter what length!) is always a classic, all American look.  But add THIS statement necklace (it’s under $30 and comes in two colors!) and you’ve completely changed it from a simple classic, to super interesting!
THRIFTY TIP:  Don’t want to spend even $30 for a necklace?  No worries.  Tons of options HERE to spend around $15 and you get to pick the look you want!
SWAP IT OUT:  Switch out the maxi skirt for a pencil skirt or a mini, and add some cool boots.  Cowboy will give you a western flair, and tall boots and a mini together give a go go girl vibe.
CRAFTY DIY:  If you want to get all creative and stuff (like SO MANY of you are!) get some fun tassels at your craft store (sometimes they’re in the drapery section, sometimes in the “riffraff” area, and attach them either onto a leather lace “necklace” you’ve tied together OR you can attach them onto a chain and make a super cool on-trend tassel necklace!  Heck, you can even make matching earrings too while you’re at it!

Go nuts with this look guys!  And if you do, please tag me when you post because I LOVE to see new and fresh ideas!  You INSPIRE ME!

Katy