Desert Daze 2017 & Realistic Festival Style

I just got back from Desert Daze in Joshua Tree and the amount of dust in my sinuses is at an all new level. If you aren't familiar with the festival it is a smallish 3 day gathering of rock bands from all over the world at the Institute of Mentalphysics. This year there were performances by Iggy Pop, Spiritualized, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Allah-Las, Eagles of Death Metal, The Babe Rainbow and Twin Peaks to name a few. There were a bunch of random mind opening activities to partake in including: yoga classes, astrology lessons, sound baths and tarot card readings. There was even a nap station where you could literally lay on the floor and stare at sunset inspired projections as they danced across the dome ceiling. It's pretty neat and I highly recommend this festival. Listening to some of my favorite bands under the stars is a spiritual experience and is something I'll come back for year after year.

The style found at this down-to-earth fest was part burning man chic & part LA casual. Which brings me to realistic festival outfits. You want your festival outfits to be comfortable enough to get through the elements of potential wind, excessive sun and temperature fluctuations but not so boring that you looked like you just rolled out of bed (because, yawn). Knowing the amount of dirt that my favorite white crochet dress might come into contact with in Joshua Tree makes me think twice so I have a strategy on how to rock a dress while looking different & effortless.  After all, you're standing in the sun on your feet for hours and during the day at this time of year the temp can fluctuate 40 degrees from day to night and it gets windy at times. So below are some of my festy dress & accessory picks that get you through the ups n downs of festival attendance without nip slips, discomfort or sunburns. 

First lets talk accessories: I love my weekender bags by Cleobella for throwing all my weekend essentials in. The Almalfi Weekender is perfect as it is dark colored and makes a statement. Probably leave this one at your Airbnb or at the campsite. It's gorgeous but large - a backpack or crossbody is much more suitable for festival wear which brings me to the next item I love, the Pax Backpack. I like this backpack option because it is made of smooth leather and can be wiped clean super easy after the festivities and dust get the best of you.

Hats, hats and more hats. I brought two - my desert statement maker, The Lolita and the Midnight Velour Boater (both by Australian brand Lack of Color). Gotta keep that sunburn at bay.

I'll get to jewelry later but one of the most important accessories to remember is a good bandana. Choose one that can double as a sars style mask to keep the dust away or a neck scarf for when the temperature plummets. The Showdown Bandana by The 2 Bandits is ideal because it wont show dirt as much.

Since we are talking boho dresses, I should mention my dreamy, most layer-able options:

The Ladakh Dress by Cleobella

The Sweet Dreams Midi Dress by Somedays Lovin'

The Yadra Dress by Cleobella

The Steelman Maxi by Cleobella

& The Zinnia Wrap Dress by Cleobella for a fun fringe statement piece.

In my eyes maxi's are the best option but if you must with a short dress choose something structured that will stay put when the wind blows like:

The Fleur De Jour Mini by Free People

Any of these are great options because when it gets colder at night you can throw a leather jacket, jean jacket, or chunky sweater over without any fuss easily translating from day to night. Once you have your layers in effect, throw on some of our 2 Bandits ring sets and a strong silver earring and you're ready to go!



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