Dubbed “Country music’s biggest party,” Stagecoach in Indio, California takes center stage this weekend April 28-30 with big names like Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Brooks and Dunn, Gabby Barrett, Parker McCollum and many more slated to perform.
Speaking of Parker McCollum, the “Pretty Heart” Texas singer-songwriter has something tucked up his sleeve, or in his boot, if you will, in a new line coming this year through his long-term partnership with Lucchese.
And to help you prepare the best wardrobe for Stagecoach, and all your summer concert plans, we recently sat down with the legendary boot brand’s Director of Women’s Design, Holly Mery to get her tips on what to wear for the best in festival fashion.
Perhaps the most important piece of your wardrobe will be what you wear on your feet. Your footwear will have to get you through standing in front of the stage for hours, if not days on end, and it needs to be comfortable, durable, and fashionable.
“For some reason Western boots in the past have gotten a bad rap for being uncomfortable, and that is probably because people haven’t tried on a Lucchese before,” Mery says, adding that the brand’s boots don’t need “broken in” and that the company sources high quality leathers from around the world to handcraft each pair of boots that mold to the consumer’s foot. The boots excel on the durability factor as well, being long-lasting heirloom pieces that embrace the sustainability movement intrinsically, Mery says.
“They’re not plastic that is just going to be thrown away after you’ve worn them for five days. They can also be passed down generation to generation. You can get them resoled, relined, so once you buy a pair you don’t need to get rid of it unless you just want to pass it down.”
The same environmentally conscious principles can be applied to your entire festival ensemble according to Mery. “I think investing in pieces that last, pieces that go beyond festival fashion [is important]. So, when you invest in a piece, even if it’s a vintage piece or a designer piece, think about the quality, [instead of the] fast fashion out there that’s disposable.”
So, you’ve got the comfort and the durability aspects locked down, but Lucchese also has the fashionable factor covered, Mery assures. She explains that the statement-making Priscilla, in an “approachable white” that’s more of a cream, trends perfectly in festival fashion where feminine style is in - with all its fringed, crocheted, flowy goodness.
If you want a shorter style, try the Pris or Gaby booties.
The soft, light clothing trend, where it’s the boots that stand out, Mery likes to call, “low-key luxury. It’s very approachable and wearable, and the boots make the hard statement so to speak,” she says.
If you want a more subtle statement in your footwear, try the Saltillo, which Mery cites as having a softer look, with a rounder toe and a more contemporary flare.
To pair with your boots, Wrangler has you covered with their Trend Edit dedicated entirely to festival fashion.
But Mery’s top tip? Wear your sunscreen! “I would say that’s top of the list, because your tan lines aren’t going to be cute the next day.”
Strut your way down to the stage in western style with some of Parker's Lucchese picks
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For more information and where to shop, visit Lucchese