Festival season is the time to experiment with your style, go a little more bohemian, be relaxed with your outfit and even push the boundaries a little! Were you not lucky enough to make it to Coachella this year (while simultaneously being lucky enough to avoid Fyre Festival)? Don’t worry Darlings, we’re going to show you how to get Fauxchella Festival Feels right here in DC, or wherever you are that’s not Coachella, and then we’ll give you a round-up of some of the local festivals you can wear your look to at the end!
There are a few trends that are typical of the festival fashion scene: denim cut-offs, flower headbands, fringe vests, fedoras, and all things bohemian. If boho isn’t your go-to style and you’re a little apprehensive about jumping straight to micro shorts and triangle bikinis, you can easily go to one of the trends above. To share how we wore this fun style here in DC, we partnered with Amihan Life and headed to the National Harbor to get our own Ferris wheel photos.
Amihan brings that signature bohemian lifestyle of surf and sun to their online boutique. Sinta Jimenez is the founder of Amihan Life and her story has brought her here, to the DC area!
“After living in Southern California as a fashion editor and swimming my way through Southeast Asia as traveler and surfer, I was inspired to bring the treasures of the Pacific to all in a highly curated e-commerce boutique of fashion brands, beauty products, and home goods found and inspired by surf and sun.”
Not only was this a great experience to be able to wear a style that isn’t our everyday style, but it also meant we could SUPPORT LOCAL and get to know this amazing brand and the woman behind it.
Our first look we cook the Amihan This is It Tank and styled it differently. This is a super soft tri-blend tank top with the Amihan moto on it. Amihan is for lovers, surfers, mermaids & mystics and you can make your claim with these tanks. The pastel tie-dye, camo-like detail to the tank brings an easy wearability that’s on trend with summer pastels and spring camo.
Chelsea and I both paired ours with cut-off shorts, hers were microshorts with exposed pockets and mine were high-waisted. The devil’s in the details in this look with how we took this tank and made it festival ready.
Chelsea wore hers with a bralette that was minimally exposed on the top. Desert dolls at Coachella will wear there triangle bikini top but to make this more non-desert friendly, she did a peek-a-boo detail. Kimono jackets are also big right now so she paired it with a sheer kimono jacket with pom pom trim details. Finishing off the look, she went with pink mirrored sunglasses, combat boots and french braids. That desert heat will definitely encourage you to throw up your hair, at least do it in a cute style!
My details were more accessories than clothing. I went with this double-buckled belt to emphasize the high waist. I also donned a black bandanna that I saw many of my fave festival goers wear but instead of wearing it around my face to prevent desert dust, I wore it on my neck. A bandanna around your face in a metropolitan city like DC can cause a little pause so I’d definitely avoid that and just wear it on your neck. I put on a leather wrap bracelet and layered on my Pur Vida bracelets to bring a little more boho but keeping my rocker edge with the bandanna. When thinking of shoes, don’t ruin it with flip flops. Boots are still okay to wear in the summer and especially at festivals when you’ll be walking in grass or rougher terrain. Avoid open toe, canvas, or shoes you’ll get upset if someone spills their beer on. Make sure your shoes are also comfortable enough to walk around with stand for extended periods of time. You’re at a musical festival and will be dancing and jumping around so many other people. You don’t want people jumping on your unprotected toes and you don’t want to be uncomfortable and have to cut the party short. Festival fouls.
Speaking of accessories, we also styled the Amihan Dayea Belt. Belts can be silhouette perfecting when worn in the right spot on your body and this one is no different. It breaks up your top from your bottom which helps to elongate your torso or legs and emphasize your waistline. Because the belt can secretly make you look sleeker and slimmer, the Amihan team named it after Dayea, the ancient Filipino archipelago Goddess of Secrets! Not only that, but this pom pom belt is handmade and brings vibrancy and fun to any outfit.
Chelsea wore hers with a shorts romper with bralette details and a jean jacket. She used the jacket to break up the monotone romper and wore it higher to elongate her legs. I saw a lot of triangle bikini tops and shorts and one-pieces with lace overlays. I wore a semi-sheer black duster with a white one-piece. This you can take from the festival to the beach and use the belt to bring a little fun to your look. I have a very small waist and I like to accentuate it, this belt did just that by drawing the eye to the waistline. You can wrap your duster to more of a wrap dress when going from the music festival into local shops and use the belt to give that extra something.
Looking for some great festivals we have coming up here in DC? We’ll include details from Washington.org of some upcoming festivals below and there’s always the full list here. Hope to see you at some of the local festivals in your AMIHAN Life all you lovers, surfers, mermaids, mystics, and Darlings!
Truckeroo – May 5, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 22
One Friday each month from May through October, Truckeroo brings local food trucks to the Fairgrounds at Yards Park in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to dole out everything from cookies and milk to Vietnamese sandwiches. About two dozen wheeled food sellers show up, and there are picnic tables and shade to keep things cool.
Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival – May 13
This annual salute to bluegrass music features local vendors and good vibes on the gorgeous Kingman Island in northeast DC. Leading contemporary artists within the bluegrass and folk genres will perform, including Town Mountain, Dom Flemons and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. The festival is all about community and sustainability (proceeds go towards the Living Classrooms Foundation), so grab a drink and some food, enjoy the weather and scenery and celebrate with friends.
SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience – June 2-3
Lovers of brews will not want to miss SAVOR, which features 86 craft breweries from all over the U.S. showing off two of their most acclaimed flavors at the National Building Museum. That adds up to 172 beers available for sampling, and of course, there will be plenty of tasty offerings that should pair up quite nicely. Grab tickets quickly, as this event sells out quickly.
Capital Pride – June 8-11
The DC community comes together for the annual Capital Pride, a citywide celebration of LGBTQ rights and the continuing fight for them. This year’s signature events include a rooftop pool party (June 8), a block party (June 10), the popular Pride Parade (June 10) and the Pride Festival and Concert (June 11). Check out our rundown of these can’t-miss events and get down with diversity this June.
DC Jazz Festival – June 9-18
Now in its 12th year, the DC Jazz Festival brings national and local musicians to venues including Yards Park, Howard Theatre and the Kennedy Center, as well as intimate jazz clubs all over the city. Some concerts are free; most are ticketed. Lineup highlights include Pat Metheny, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment and the Kenny Garrett Quintet.
Summer Escape at Mount Vernon – June 9-10
How does hanging out at George Washington’s gorgeous former abode as the sun sets sound? That’s what Summer Escape at Mount Vernon allows for, plus you can enjoy craft brews and local eats, kick back to bluegrass music, walk around lantern-lit grounds and sample chocolate martinis. Mount Vernon sits right on the water, so expect beautiful views and an unforgettable evening.
Source Festival – June 9 – July 2
The annual Source Festival will showcase new theater works, many by local artists, at spaces all over the District. Other offerings include 10-minute play competitions that highlight super short (and often super funny) works, and artistic blind dates, which see very different artists – a cellist and an actor, for example – collaborating on genre-bending performances.
AFI Docs – June 14-18
The American Film Institute’s international film festival presents diverse documentaries ranging in topics from national politics, education and health to music, sports and culture. Considered one of the leading documentary festivals in the country, AFI Docs is an annual summer celebration of the power of storytelling in film. Numerous theatres in the DC area will participate. Check the festival’s website for updates and scheduling.
Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle – June 24-25
Rib roasters and sauce bosses show off their delicious wares during the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle. Pit masters from all 50 states, local restaurants and live music shut down Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets NW for a lively street party. Cooking demos and free tastings make for a delicious (and filling) experience.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival – June 29 – July 4, July 6-9
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival salutes different international and American cultures every year on the National Mall with craft exhibits, live music, cooking demos and an expansive marketplace full of pottery, books, textiles, toys, sculptures, clothing and more. This year, the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with a focus on the evolution of circus arts and the importance of migration.
Capital Fringe Festival – July 6-30
During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there performances from local creatives, including improv dramas, punk rock shows and colorful dance shows. Events take place at libraries, museums, galleries and the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Tickets and passes go on sale on June 19, and keep your eye on the festival’s website for updates.
Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival – Aug. 24-26
It’s not quite summer unless you enjoy movies under the stars. Comcast Xfinity and Strathmore Campus present this three-day outdoor film festival (films begin at dusk each evening) that benefits the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. The entire family can settle down on the Strathmore lawn, enjoy on-site food from Ridgewell’s and take in a classic movie. Lineup coming soon.
17th Street Festival – Aug. 27
This annual festival honors the incredible diversity of restaurants and retailers on 17th Street NW in Dupont Circle, as well as its communal vibe. More than 100 vendors will be on-hand showcasing their offerings and over 50 artists will display jewelry, crafts, fine art and more. There will also be live music, a kids’ zone featuring a moon bounce and a pet zone for those looking to shop or adopt a new pet!