If you missed Coachella this weekend, you can still dress the part, by opting for flowy dresses, desert boots, Navajo-inspired patterns, layered jewelry and eco-chic shades.
This past weekend, the music festival Coachella took over the desert outside of Palm Springs in California. Since its inception, this event has developed a distinct, trend-defying look all of its own. If you aren’t able to be there, you can still recreate the look at home. It’s all about flowy dresses, desert boots, Navajo-inspired patterns, layered jewelry and shades to shield your eyes from the sun.
Desert Dress by Popomomo
Made from cupro, a fabric made from repurposed cellulose, this appropriately named “Desert Dress” is perfect for a weekend of festival activities, and it’s much less predictable than a pair of cutoff denim shorts. Like all of Popomomo designer Liz Wasserman’s pieces, it’s designed and sustainably made in Los Angeles.
Freewheelin’ Necklace by Erica Weiner
Named in honor of Bob Dylan, this tiny (1-3/8″ long) Hohner harmonica has 4 single holes, 8 reeds, and plays a full octave in the key of C. You’ll certainly impress people with that party trick. Erica Weiner’s jewelry is handmade in New York City, using mostly vintage, deadstock and repurposed materials.
$45, Erica Weiner
Lucky Seven Fists Bangle by Alkemie
Featuring seven small moving rings, this bangle has just the right amount of jangle. Bohemian chic outfits like this one requires lots of layered bracelets, use this one as your starting point and add others that you may have at home already. Handmade in Los Angeles, from 100% reclaimed metal.
Erin Considine Shale Necklace
A great layering piece, this necklace is designed by New York-based artist and third-generation craftsperson Erin Considine. The silk chenille cord is braided using the Japanese style of kumihimo and dyed with madder root, which gives it a rich saffron color. Other materials used are cutch-dyed cotton and vintage brass. The necklace is made by hand in NYC and comes with a hand-dyed lavender dust bag.
Zoe Desert Pull-on Boot by Cri de Coeur
Since it rarely rains in the desert (well, except the first day of this year’s Coachella) it’s safe to leave the wellies at home. You still want to make sure you wear a comfortable boot that can stand for lots of walking and standing. These boots by Cri de Coeur have an asymmetrical shaft and stacked heel made from reclaimed wood. The beautifully colored vegan suede is offset by nice decorative details, such as intricate tonal embroidery. Made in Los Angeles.
$337.50, Cri de Coeur
Lizzie Fortunato Phoenix Bag
Nothing says “music festival in the desert” like a good Navajo print, and this one gets bonus points for being beaded. Based in NYC, Lizzie Fortunato is designed by sisters Lizzie and Kathryn, who are famous for fusing high fashion with low, and implementing unexpected materials – reclaimed and precious – sourced from around the world.
Shwood Canby Sunglasses
Anyone who’s ever been in the desert knows that sunglasses are a must. These eco-chic frames by are made in Shwood’s Portland, Oregon workshop, from sustainable wood that is sourced from authorized and supervised plantations in Africa. The Canby is inspired by classic wayfarers, comes in Cherry, East Indian Rosewood or Zebrawood, and is Shwood’s best-selling model.