As Coachella here in SoCal kicks off festival season around the country, we just have to get used to the fact that festivals are as much about style statements as about the music. So whether you’re weekending in the desert this April, prepping for FYF in July, or roadtripping to Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, or Lollapalooza, the shops on Melrose have what you need to turn heads.
Speaking of heads, let’s start with statement hair. For both cut and color that is unparalleled in creativity and expertise, Rust Salon is the place. The team can bring any style you imagine into a stunning reality. This is the hair that makes LA Weekly post-festival slideshows.
646 North Fuller, Los Angeles 90036
Color and design don’t stop on the top. Holographic, ombre, textured, 3D: an appointment with the artists at Sugar Nail result in some claws that will look great fist pumping OR raising the roof. And don’t forget your toes!
7655 Melrose, Los Angeles 90046
We’re sad to include Manic Panic in a go-to list for the last time. The store lost its lease and will be closing at the end of April. So now, all your favorite hair color, makeup, clothing, and accessories are deeply discounted to clear the store. Nothing says festival like Manic Panic, so stock up to get through the whole season like a rock star.
MANIC PANIC STYLE ASYLUM
7378 Melrose, Los Angeles 90046
Little pieces make a big difference, especially when you’re wearing as little as possible in desert heat. Flair out what you do have on with pop culture and statement pins off the majestic wall at New Profanity. Wear your favorite artist’s face on a halter, a political assertion on your hat, or a personal emoji on your shorts. Multipurpose items, like a butterfly-adorned headband/choker/belt, are decision-savers. Or, buy a cool crown!
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
About shorts. Every year, every festival, we learn how tiny, frayed, shredded, and bedazzled shorts can actually get. We may be at peak shorts customization at this point, so save yourself the at-home glue gun time and pick up pre-designed bottoms at Unica. From scissored to laced to the trendily patched, stylish yet comfortable shorts are abundant, and in many sizes.
7524 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Feathered headpieces may come and go, but one thing on which you can count at outdoor fests is the hippie vintage look. The best in head-to-toe, down-to-earth southwestern looks can be found at American Rebel. Leather boots, well-worn jeans, flannel, big-brimmed hats, flowy dresses – it never goes out of style.
7474 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
As bad as your head feels after pounding various temperatures of beer all day, your foot hangover can be worse if you don’t shoe properly. Gear up correct for twelve hours trekking from stage to stage in hot dirt. CoolKicks has walls stacked with fresh, colorful shoes that people across the country are aiming for. Seriously, this store isn’t messing around with its stock of exclusives, hard-to-finds, and brand-news. They may be on your feet but people will notice.
7565 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Check in to American Vintage for practical yet fashionable accessories. A bandana is great as a knotted neckpiece, headwrap, or armband, but when the wind kicks up in the desert, a bandana can help you save face – literally. The bandit look might be in this season. Speaking of dirt where you don’t want it, toting around a blanket can be awkward so pick up a cool leather blanket strap. Heck, pick up the blanket there, too!
7575 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
LED accessories are hot right now. Sorry, ravers and Disney After Darkers, lighting up when the sun goes down is now fun for all. First LED Lighting has a bunch of inexpensive wearables. Shoelaces, necklaces, bracelets are prepackaged in a variety of colors. But why not just buy a string and make something suitable for your wardrobe? Wrap a cap, bling your glasses, light up a t-shirt!
FIRST LED LIGHTING
7509 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046