Outside Lands 2016

I’ve just cut my wristband off, meaning OSL 2016 is over and I’ve been thrown back into reality. Having been once before, I thought I knew what to expect when it came to my first three-day experience at the festival. I was, of course, wrong – I got much more than just 3X the experience from last year.

This year’s OSL squad

We started out the first day with checking out the famed gallery of murals presented at OSL every year. It is, after all, a music and arts festival. This one pictured above was a personal favorite for not only us but for most attendees looking for a good picture – if you don’t believe me, just check out the OSL location tag on Instagram.

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Free People Coat, Bodysuit, and Skirt
Day 1’s Look: Free People Coat, Bodysuit, and Skirt

And of course, because this is a fashion blog and because I went to a festival, here’s what I wore. I’ve been dying for a proper introduction of this coat and OSL provided the perfect outlet! While I worried about being overdressed, I knew I was going to wear it and the compliments I received, along with how amazing I felt in it, made it all worth it.

Footwear choices

Processed with VSCO with kk2 presetDay 2 was even better than Day 1. (This was actually a trend throughout the weekend – it only got better as the days went on.) The acts we saw included The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Years & Years, and Zedd. Seeing The Last Shadow Puppets was kind of a big deal for me. The lead singer is Alex Turner, who also happens to be the lead singer for the Arctic Monkeys. Not many people know this, so the concert was super low-key and we got in super close to the stage. It was a concert I’ll remember for a very long time.

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Day 2’s Look: Zara Jacket, Topshop Jeans, Fjallraven Backpack, UO Bodysuit

My favorite leopard bomber made its second annual appearance at OSL – it’s perfect for the weather we face at Golden Gate Park (cold and damp from the fog) and additionally it makes for a great fall festival fashion statement.

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I didn’t bother trying to document any of the actual concert experiences (save the picture of Alex Turner below). I think we can all understand the frustration of not being able to capture the essence of a moment in a photograph or a video, and of course trying to accomplish that using a measly iPhone 5 camera doesn’t help. But trust me when I tell you that each and every concert was incredible. My friends and I even commented on the fact that while OSL usually isn’t rife with Billboard Top Ten artists, all the acts put on quality shows and put out great music, so there’s no going wrong at this festival.

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Alex Turner with The Last Shadow Puppets (his band that isn’t the Arctic Monkeys)

I didn’t end up taking a lot of pictures on Day 3. Our day was packed with performances and we just didn’t have a lot of spare time to take pictures of the environment or our outfits! (I did, however, end up wearing a variation of the first look from my planning guide complete with boxer braids and my trusty backpack!) We ended up seeing Snakehips, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, and Lana Del Rey – all breathtaking shows. Having Lana as our last show was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. Her emotionally charged songs seamlessly lent themselves to a nostalgic reflection of the past three days, and it was clear that everyone in the audience felt the same way.

So that was Outside Lands 2016. I will definitely be back – maybe even OSL 2017?!

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