This time of year, I'm really pining away for warm summer days. It's "spring," but in New York, it doesn't feel very springlike! (I had to pull out my winter coat again after we had several beautiful 70-degree days in March. So. Painful!)
Would you believe that my grandmother made this vest for my mom, back when my mother was in high school?! Wearing a vest as a top and pairing it with other ’70s staples (like flared denim, a felt hat, and leather wedges) gives your festival look that "just stepped out of a time machine" (in a good way) edge. The trick to wearing a vest as a top? I love that this one isn't too low-cut (which lots of women's-style vests tend to be) and it's not too tight either, giving it that borrowed-from-the-boys feel. You could swap out the vest for a sleeveless buttoned-up denim jacket, too. Get creative with it! (I've linked a few cool picks below.)
Of course, you don't have to be headed to a festival to wear an outfit like this. (Coachella starts this weekend, and it always sticks out in my mind as the one I'd love to go to, maybe because it's in California? In reality, I'm not sure if I'd be so thrilled to be outside all day in a desert environment with crowds crushing in around me during the shows. But the carefree, live-it-up part of me—albeit it's a small part—wants to go one day!) So this outfit: It's also perfect for a low-key night out or brunch on your day off. ’Cause, let's be real, not everyone has the time or the funds (or the desire) to jet off to music festivals this time of year. But darlings, that doesn't mean we can't dress the part! Oh, and if it's cold right now where you are, too, just layer a long-sleeve black top under the vest for warmth.
Vest: Try a black denim jacket, suede and studded vest (love it in brown), light denim jacket, or acid-washed vest
Jeans: H&M (similar here and here)
Sandals: Topshop (similar here and here)
Hat: Asos (similar here and here)
Leather necklace: similar here and here
Feather earrings: Bought these from a street vendor in New York (similar here and here)
Silver rings: Wanderlust & Co
Hope you have an amazing weekend—and that you're able to really channel that relaxed, up-for-anything festival state of mind. Want more boho style? Check out my Coachella themed posts from last year, Part 1 and Part 2.
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