The 2017 three-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., kicked off Friday and includes a boldface lineup of crooners such as Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney, among other popular acts.
And while bohemian style rules at Coachella, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival embraces country western Americana — and with that, boots are the fashion statement.
“It’s always super country — hip country fashion with a California twist,” said Heather Sallan, owner and designer of BootRoxx, an accessories brand for boots. Sallan is among the vendors at the festival and sells chic boot cuffs and decorative elements that embellish the traditional boot silhouette.
Some of the head-to-toe style statements seen at Stagecoach can blend in seamlessly with its sister Coachella festival held one week earlier, but many of the ensembles are unique to the country music community.
Star-spangled bikini tops — and star-spangled everything — are abound; as well as Daisy Dukes and ornately designed belts with chunky buckles.
Cowboy hats are the preferred toppers to Coachella’s wide-brimmed styles.
The festival transcends generational gaps, so hoedown, folk-like costumes styled with traditional cowboy boots and vintage dress styles are not rare sights alongside contemporary outfits teamed with sleek ankle booties, of which the latter styles often incorporate accessories such as hats and bandanas to help nod the country theme.