What to Wear to Coachella: Purple Haired Hippie in Tie Dye

It's about that time, everyone is gearing up for the dessert and heading out to Coachella Valley for a fun-filled festival weekend in Indio, California. Coachella is coming at you fast and you still don't know what the hell you're going to wear, what you need to pack, and/or maybe you don't even know what to expect. But don't worry, I got you covered for these next two weeks in this series of Coachella themed posts. ;)

Since I'm not going to Coachella this year, I'm vicariously going experiencing it through this Coachella outfit. Last time I went to Coachella, despite planning out my looks for that weekend, I still ended up going with the flow in the end. This was one of those looks that resulted from that and was one of my favorite outfits that came together quite well from random pieces in my suitcase which practically had my whole life packed in it. 

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It ended up being the go to key learning when it came to my outfit. Depending on what your own personal intention is for going to a music festival, this may or may not resonate with you (and that's totally okay). For me, I dance. I really get down. Music festivals are like my natural habit and they allow me to get really out there with my looks. Yet, when you're doing quite a bit of moving around, walking, fighting heavy dust winds, making your way through the sea of crowds, and just being out all day can become quite the challenge if you don't have an outfit that is right for the occasion.  

This was the fine line between still showing up and showing out, but still being able to get my groove on and survive that festival climate without getting annoyed with wardrobe functions and adjustments. And not to mention, if you have worn a synthetic wig out to a festival, you know how crazy tangled they can get. There's a trick to it and it's fabric softener. Yup, I kid you not. Good ol' fabric softener. Some hair conditioner wouldn't hurt either to help keep all of the strands in place. I'm a big fan of rings and bracelets, they just make me feel complete sometime. 

When it comes to jewelry or any other accessories, before going out be sure to test them out. Jump around, twerk, spin, drop it like it's hot, or whatever moves you typically find yourself doing to make sure you don't have to worry about them flying off or losing them. Coachella usually tends to take no prisoners when it comes to heavy winds blowing dust in every crevice possible, so it's nice to be able to tie your bandana on your arm and not have to worry about it. 

Another neat thing, metallic flash tattoo's. Yes. Shiny temporary tattoo's that can serve as Coachella battle scars. You know you want some so you can flash on everyone. You can find them super cheap on eBay, plus you get more bang for your buck that way. 

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Don't be afraid to experiment, get creative, and color outside of the lines with your Coachella Outfit. This tie dye dress is actually an extra large t-shirt that I wear as a dress and the metallic flash tattoo's didn't even come in that design, I cut them out into something a little different to stretch them out. Even though I enjoy and love the bohemian chic, gypsy, and hipster looks; there are more options that those. If anything, the outfits that personally stuck out to me the most last year were the ones you usually don't see online in the mainstream media coverage of 'top Coachella' looks. With that being said, although the photo's you see online of Coachella look very nice, there's more to it than that. Don't expect to see every single person decked out to the whole nine yards. Don't feel pressured to dress a certain look or to really finesse on everyone. Be comfortable, enjoy yourself. For me, I like the mantra "look good, feel good". So, I typically aim for comfortably cute. It's that line between doin' the most and down to earth.   

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Beauty Supply Store


Steve Madden


Forever 21

Victoria's Secret (PINK Collection)


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~ * Make-Up Situation * ~

Details starting from the left:

  • Revlon Photoready Eye Art: It's for Lid + Line + Lash, but it wouldn't hurt to use it for some body art as well. It last quite awhile and the narrow paint brush makes it easy for a precise line.

  • Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil: smooth applicator tip, gentle on the eyes. 

  • Maybelline New York Eye Studio in #55 Smokey Night

  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Polished Purple: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff, it lasted for such a long time. Given the weather conditions and despite all of the water I was drinking throughout the day, it still looked good at the end of the night. Still wont hurt to touch up later on.

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