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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Day Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Concert Wear
 

When attending a concert, there are a few factors to consider when choosing an outfit: dance-ability, the possibility of having to hoof it long distances, and if outdoors, braving the elements. 

Last weekend we saw Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine at Blossom Music Center for their How Beautiful Tour. (We stopped by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland before hand.)

Let me just say, Florence is a vocal powerhouse and crooned to a packed crowd, despite nonstop rain. The weather wasn’t happy, but we were. The show was ah-mazing! Talk about the healing power of music. The flame-haired songbird brought so much energy and spirit to the stage. I spent the entire night (in my bright yellow poncho) hands in the air, screaming lyrics along with her. Despite being baptized by rain showers, we had a great time. Florence in the rain is a must see my friends.

So, I planned this outfit expecting a warm-weather summer night, but monsoon or shine, decided to rock it anyway. Rain don’t kill my vibe! 

I’ve been lusting after this B-Low the Belt “Bri Bri” double buckle belt for the last few months, but couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for the leather version. When I spotted this one, on the Forever 21 website, happiness hit me like a train on a track.* (If you caught that reference, we are now best friends.) It's made of faux leather material, hence the much more affordable price tag. The buckles are adorned with a gorgeous intricate floral design and sturdily made. The belt is available in silver or gold, and they offer a slim version here as  well. 

It’s a serious high impact accessory. I love how it sits at your waist, or lower on your hips, with adjustable lengths. I find the double-buckle look so innovative. I was a little nervous the non-leather version would feel “less” but the hardware is heavy and feels substantial. Great quality. Not overly shiny, so it looks cool, instead of costume-y.

It pairs well with endless outfit combos, not just festival/concert wear. Low-slung jeans, high waist pants, cut-off shorts, full skirts, and simple tops. It will look amazing with a maxi dress. It’s also a cult favorite of celebs like Selena Gomez and Kendal Jenner, (which is how I first spotted it.) Drawling inspiration from the '70s seems to be the on-going theme for this summer for sure. (Check this post and this post.)

Other than a cool rocker-girl belt, my best advice for when it comes to attending a rock concert... wear sturdy shoes! Even if you’re not planning on moshing or jumping around, other people will be. So protect yourself with a pair of moto boots and complete the look with edgy dark pieces. Or go for a sublte ‘90s look, which feels fresh right now. Pair a girly dress with sneakers and some head-turning accessories. 

Because of the dodgy weather and our long-distance lawn seats I have very few (quality) photos to share from the actual venue. But here's this little gem to give you an idea… 

Covering up my outfit with a plastic bag made me so sad, but at least I stayed dry for the first 5 minutes. I must admit, I was immensely grateful my good old concert-going-extraordinaire dad suggested we bring the ponchos. Sometimes you have to for-go fashion. It was worth it to dance in the rain with Florence, rock-goddess-style. Love you Florence! 

What concert are you outfit planning for? Share in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Forever21 Crochet Panel Mustard Belt: Forever21 B-Low the Belt Two-Buckle Hat: Madewell Biltmore Double-Ribbon Felt Fedora (also seen here) Shoes: Old Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: H&M (old, similar here) Nails: Sally Hansen Blacky O Lips: MAC Lady Danger Poncho: Couture Exclusive

Festival Florals

Jessica Wagner

 Festival to Street
 

This past weekend celebrities, artists and fashion mavens alike flocked to LA’s (Indio, CA) desert for one of the year’s biggest musical festivals. When it comes to Coachella, you better bring your A-game.

Festival style is on a level of it’s own. It wouldn’t be Coachella without some of the ostentatious and predictable concert going staples: vintage rock band tees, oversized shades, and breezy boho shapes. While it’s enthralling to be an ethereal flower child, extreme bohème works best at the exclusive poolside parties and rocking out to your favorite song on the lawn. The three-foot long feather headdress and itty-bitty cut off shorts are best kept within the realm of festival oasis. You don’t want to end up a theatrical satire of yourself.

Coming from a free spirit at heart, I have to admit, this is my scene. I wish I could rock festival it-girl ALL DAY SON. Effortlessly cool. Borderline eccentric. A little peacocky (as some festival-goers go.) Fortunately, there are multiple ways to merge festival inspiration with everyday wear.  A little western, a little hippie, a little indie folk can bring an entire outfit alive.

I’m all about the romantic maxi situation. It works for almost every occasion in the warm summer months. I styled mine for an oceanside date night and mixed in a few trending festival faves. Exhibit A: the choker, oversized mirror frames, and lace up gladiator sandals.  It took honest effort not to bust out my tambourine, but like I said, it’s about editing down to taste. This boho-flora combination would have felt insincere had we been dining at a conservative location. Low key enough to not feel like a festival cliché.

This floral floaty number has an open back, and slits up both legs. (No room for self-consciousness, a sun-kissed glow definitely helped!) Messy hair and polished lips gaves a classy edge to the gypsy soul.

Now, to quickly highlight of some pieces that emerged as fore runners in the fast fashion game this festival season: -chokers -bandanas (spotted around necks, ankles and bags ) -anything off-the-shoulder -ankle boots- flash tattoos/ bohemian body art -lace bras -crochet -fringe and -suede. A major nod to the 90s. Summer inspiration for that happy, carefree look we all love.

Next night out, outdoor concert, or beach trip, play around with one or two festival statements. Knot your favorite rock-band-tee, layer up the metallic jewels, and show up flaunting your sheer lace top - unabashed.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Urban Outfitters Band of Gypsies Multicolor Deep Racerback Floral Maxi (also love this one and this one) Choker: Suede wrap Sandals: Free People Oliviera Wrap Bag: H&M (old, similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Watch: Michael Kors Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Could Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Baci