Last weekend we had the chance to sneak away to California for a few days to soak up some sun while attending the second weekend of Coachella. It was nice to have a chance to wear a few of the outfits I’ve been saving for warmer weather, and test out my anti-boho festival looks.
Festival dressing has become somewhat of a disease, giving girls on drugs the chance to let their ass cheeks hang out and walk around in bathing suits all day and since Coachella is first festival of the summer season, the fashion offenders were out in full force.
I thought it would be an interesting experiment to give the bohemian prints, neon, acid wash jean shorts, and other tribal and western influenced pieces a miss, and instead go for a more graphic edge. I used to think true validation of an outfit came from a style photographer asking to take your photo, but since Coachella has expanded about twice the size it was when I was last there in 2011, I’m beginning to think otherwise.
But enough complaining about the mainstream and on to the details of my outfits! On the first day I went for a bright, simple look with this Alice McCall dress. I discovered her on our recent trip to Sydney and have been obsessed with her pieces ever since. I love the exaggerated blossoms on this embroidered dress and how they are framed with black stitching to make them even more bold. I paired the dress with a vintage white woven leather bag, a pair of clear Moscot shades, a hit of metallic with a pair of simple leather sandals from Joe Fresh, my Daniel Wellington watch, and a magenta statement necklace from local Toronto design duo Blackbird.
On day two I went fully classic with this geometric stripped shift dress from Joe Fresh. It got a tad chilly on the first day so I brought this super rad new Moschino teal moto jacket I scored at Winners (yes, you read that correctly, I said Winners). I haven’t been in Winners in many years but heard the Bloor Street location had a pretty goo section of designer goods – and did I ever hear right! In addition to this jacket I saw bags by Givenchy, Saint Laurent, and Jack Spade, dresses by Alice & Olivia, Tibi, Missoni, and more.
I accessorized this look with my new star pressed Ela Editors clutch in blush, my comfy Emma Go high-tech platforms, and this insanely gorgeous Ek Thongpraser plasticized jewel necklace in Palm Springs sky blue. Thankfully JBL had an air conditioned tent that I went to multiple times daily for some shade and a quick moment of refreshing cold air!
I didn’t get around to shooting my third outfit but I went for a mixed printed look with paisley and granny florals. Take a look at some of the detail shots of my looks from day one and two below.