Street style: A different kind of garden party

Left to right, Rim Woldeslassie, Nathan Walker, Erin Colasacco and Isa Sponslier pose for portraits at Rock the Garden 2016 at Boom Island Park on Saturday.

Maddy Fox

Left to right, Rim Woldeslassie, Nathan Walker, Erin Colasacco and Isa Sponslier pose for portraits at Rock the Garden 2016 at Boom Island Park on Saturday.

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Festivals have become synonymous with a certain kind of wardrobe, but Minnesotan folks still have some originality left in them. In what could have been a crop-top wasteland, 14,000 people gathered to show the Coachella Valley how it’s really done.

 

Rim Woldeslassie, 24

HR Coordinator for Post Consumer Brands

What she wore: Urban Outfitters dress and 

earrings, Target shoes, Free People purse, sunglasses that friend’s dad bid on for her at an auction

How do you rock Rock the Garden? With the perfect sundress and eclectic shades.

Tea length should be a festival go-to — it moves nicely, it’s not too hot and it strays far from the daisy duke and crochet top pairing so often exhibited at events.

Strappy sandals add a laid-back vibe to a dress that could be played up or down. Similarly, Woldeslassie’s earrings and rings were just the right amount of funky. You go GRRRL!.

 

Nathan Walker, 26

Co-op worker

What he wore: Adidas top, Mill City Running shorts, Birkenstock shoes

Among a sea of shirtless men, Walker found a way to stay cool without losing flair. The colors of the shirt draw you in, a pattern reminiscent of Rock the Garden’s own marketing scheme.

Breathable running material was the perfect choice for shorts, as any other choice may have put Walker at risk for an uncomfortable experience in the strong heat. And Birkenstocks? Naturally.

 

Erin Colasacco, 27

Art director at Peterson Milla Hooks

What she wore: Need Supply Co. jumper, Steven Alan shoes, Honeyshine necklace, Komono sunglasses, Norse Projects hat, Patricia Nash vegetable leather purse

Colasacco is the epitome of festival cool-girl. Pay close attention — no flower crown was included in her ensemble; it can be done, folks.

The half-bun is very trendy, and Colasacco makes it look easy to perfect (spoiler: it’s not).

A cool jumper offers comfort and the ability to shimmy down without worry of a wardrobe malfunction — the perfect choice for a long day in the sun where dancing is more than necessary.

For the art director, the self is the ultimate curatorial project.

 

Isa Sponslier, 23

Singer/songwriter

What he wore: Vans shoes, Zara pants, American Stitch shirt

While it is hard to pull off fantastic pieces at 

festivals due to risk of heatstroke, Sponslier spearheaded an important PSA — footwear options do not end at sandals. As the sun reflected the gold of his shoes, Boom Island Park sighed in relief of leather straps.

There is no doubt that baroque can come off as tacky, but the intended regality came through.

The long-sleeved denim shirt seemed pretty toasty (good choice with the cropped pants), but Sponslier sure looked cool.

Accessory-wise — with those brows nothing else is necessary.