“This is no place for a ginger.” That’s what I overheard a guy say as I walked by the very first year I went to Coachella. While I could have been offended, I had to agree with him. Outdoor music festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach, Austin City Limits, and the like are not exactly “ginger-friendly” environments. After all, the sun is a redhead’s worst enemy and festivals have plenty of it.
Every year, I set out to find outfits for the festivals with one goal in mind: to protect my skin from the sun as much as possible. That said, I don’t want to be miserably hot and uncomfortable, but I also want to be a little bit fashionable too. It’s a challenge. Think of me as “Gingerlocks” on the hunt to find something that’s juuust right.
This year, as soon as I purchased my Coachella ticket (the first music festival I plan to attend), I immediately began my search.
I was pretty pumped when I came across this chambray romper at Old Navy. It’s light and airy, and it covers my back and shoulders. Plus, it was $25, so I don’t have to worry about ruining it with endless sunscreen applications.
There’s also this fanny pack, which I’ve been wanting for years. This brown leather one from Patricia Nash has a pretty design and it fits the essentials: sunscreen, wallet, and cellphone.
I picked up these sunglasses last year at a consignment shop called Crossroads Trading Co. in Los Angeles. They add a funky touch to the outfit.
The brim of the hat is just wide enough that it covers my face, but not too wide that it’s annoying. This one is by Genie by Eugenia Kim. I got it at Anthropology last summer for about $80. It’s a bit of a splurge for me, but it has paid for itself and then some with the amount of times I’ve worn it. Hats = thumbs up in my book. Here’s a similar style to buy.
I saw this Junk Food Clothing t-shirt and knew I had to have it. I mean, “Talk to the palm”? It’s awesome. It’s covers my shoulders and back, and the fun print makes it a little less boring than a plain t-shirt.
I got this fringe purse from Brandy Melville. It’s cheap and carries what I need. Plus the fringe gives me a little bit of boho flavor for music festivals.
I’ve found that closed-toed shoes are necessary at outdoor festivals. They protect your feet from sunburns (yay!) and they keep your feet clean (because festivals can get dusty), and most importantly, they protect them from getting stepped on by endless amounts of drunk people. I’ve worn these high-top Nike’s non-stop to break them in specifically because they’re coming with me on the festival circuit.
My friends and I went crazy with gold temporary tattoos last year and intend to do the same this year. I picked up a set from KITSCH ($12) and paired it with this dainty Henna Hand Chain ($32) for some texture. As for nails, we recently met Jin Soon herself, so I went with one of her pretty polishes called Kookie White ($18).
This THML top is the centerpiece to this look. It has long sleeves that you can roll up and it has really light, breathable fabric that’s ideal for the heat.
I used more of those temporary tattoos on my chest to add some pizazz and topped it with a cute elephant necklace from Milk the Goat.
My favorite part about this outfit was the KITSCH Thunderbird Bun Pin ($24). A messy bun is perfect for the last day when I’m sick of dealing with my hair and this pin dresses it up a bit.
Hope these outfits ideas get you redheads through the festivals unscathed. Don’t forget sunscreen!
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