I used to dress for music festivals like my hometown HFStival as casually as possible. What with all the sweating and dancing and eating and drinking (did I mention sweating?) it just seemed silly to show up in anything other than Nikes and an oversized T-shirt. But now music festivals have become as fashion conscious as the front row of Mara Hoffman’s upcoming show is sure to be.
Still I didn’t want to wear anything to the FYF Fest I’d have to be too precious with. It had been far too long since I last stopped into my favorite vintage store, Painted Bird in Silver Lake, which is one of those places that is so amazing I’m hesitant to let the cat out of the bag. Owner Sunny Walker is the ultimate cool girl, and the shop is so well-curated and the prices so low that I usually end up buying more than I plan on. Sunny stocks Painted Bird with her own aesthetic in mind, which is always right on trend or one step ahead. She mixes high and low perfectly and has no qualms about putting a really cute, gently worn forever 21 dress next to something vintage from the 50s.
Since I picked up more than one option,I needed a little help settling on which outfit to wear. After taking an impromptu Instagram poll I decided my day 1 look would be this Gloria Vanderbilt Hawaiian shirt (if the looks at this year’s FYF proved anything, it’s that every single Hawaiian shirt in America is being put to good use) and a vintage Tommy Hilfiger denim skirt. I’d place the skirt from around ’95, so I think that counts as vintage. I also wore white slip-on Vans for comfort—although it turns out no shoe is comfortable to stand in for eight hours, except maybe those clogs that people in the restaurant industry wear.
I didn’t wear them to the fest, but I also took home from Painted Bird an amazing pair of railroad overalls that I’ve been wearing non-stop. Sunny said she considered keeping them for herself, which is certainly the best compliment.
Amelia Champion is an L.A. based actress, writer, and improviser. Her fashion and lifestyle blog Clotheshorse NYC was named one of Lucky Magazine‘s “20 L.A. Style Blogs to Bookmark Now.” Follow her daily on Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #clotheshorsenysee if something sartorial catches your eye.