Full disclosure: I am going to California tomorrow. My trip will start in Los Angeles where I will remain for one night, likely clothed very similarly to the way I outfit myself on New York’s concrete floors.

But come Friday morning, I make the trek to Indio where legions of women will undoubtedly trade in their ballet mid-heel flats (I am projecting) for suede ankle boots and traditional Goody-branded hair ties for flower crowns that ran their course in 2012.

There will be a slew of crop tops that will compliment denim cut-offs so short that they might redefine that denim diaper clause I first instituted in 2010. There will be a lot fringe. There might even be, in spite of better judgement and the Internet’s inevitable and reliable smack down which comes after the fact every single year, politically incorrect Native American headdresses.

And you know what? If you’re going and plan to dress like a desert hippie, power to you. This is exactly what fashion is about — playing dress up, day in and out. Assuming identities that are divorced from your own but can still conceivably fall into the genre of shit that makes you, you.

It’s just that at this point, to adhere to the archetypical dress code of Coachella renders you a stereotype more than it does an individual. So, in a bout of purported iconoclasticism, I am determined to forgo the flower crowns and fringe and dicker boots of yore and do me New York style. If not because I have never looked particularly good clad like a contrived hippie than at the very least to respect Kate Moss, who has had to watch the cues emblematic of her style fall through loops and layers of sometimes dismal interpretation.

Are you going to Coachella? Want to meet at a tent on the corner of reflective lens and white linen wearing culottes and a striped button up?

Let me know. I’ll be there.

  • ha, the title! yes! so funny. i’ve never been but dream of going someday. i’d forgo the floral crown, too. i’d probably wear a romper (oh well that using a bathroom sucks with one?) or cutoffs. i’m all for simplicity and things i can jump around in, without worrying if it’ll make it a whole day. that look sounds perfect though, can’t wait to see.

  • Rene

    I’d actually like nothing more than to meet up (you) and discuss all that is what I call, “The Coachella-Girl.” You’re the shit.

  • White shoes, white shirt, khaki shorts at an outdoor festival… You’ve either got courage or backstage passes on your side, lady.

  • Good on ya! The only music festivals I’m heading to is in NYC (Governor’s Ball), and no doubt too many people will be in the same California style.

    Your Friend, Jess

  • Lauren

    Let us know how long your white sneakers stay white 🙂

  • Cel B

    Yes! “Kate Moss, who has had to watch the cues emblematic of her style fall
    through loops and layers of sometimes dismal interpretation.”

  • Guest

    agh this makes it easy. can’t seem to differentiate between my excitement for all that great music at coachella and anxiety for sourcing the ‘appropriate desert schwag’ that goes along with it. would love to come say hi if I spot you!

  • Culottes and a striped button down. Epic last line! Have a great time 🙂


  • Michelle R

    I too am headed to Coachella (weekend 2 tho) and have pondered the same question. Conclusion: Same as yours. I will stay true to my New York sense of style. Any outfit that can hold up to to the humidity of an NYC subway in the summer, can hold up at Coachella.

  • Jess Colony

    Unfortunately not a twenty thousand dollar Valentino skirt, I should be so lucky!

  • lavieenliz

    I’m going this weekend!! I can’t wait

    giveaway on my blog!

  • claudia
  • Gem


    • Leandra Medine


      • Gem

        sounds like you! hah.. have a fab time xx

  • Lavinka

    Love Veronika Heilbrunner’s outfit!!!

  • I think denim overalls will be really big this year, pair them with a flower adorned headband and round sunglasses. Boom! You’re ready to be a part of the cliche look at Coachella.

  • georgia

    PLLLEEAAASSEE can you tell me where I can get that skirt in the picture or something similar!!!!

  • LilyP

    bring it, girl. i get so sick of all those $400 wildfox sunglasses and flower crowns ;P x