Coachella Rainy Day Fashions: Clothing Designer Jennifer Daking Gives Advice

Jennifer Daking, Silver Lake Chorus Soprano, clothing designer, Boston Terrier devotee 

When it comes to Coachella, what's better: 103-degree temperatures or a drizzley, windy, muddy polo field?

The latter is what many festival-goers might be facing this Friday: The forecast as of time of publishing is a high of 69-degrees with a 50 percent chance of rain.

And as Dennis Romero reported yesterday, while attendees are really only facing something like a tenth of an inch of rain, Coachella has never once been rained on since its conception in 1999.

So while bikini tops and barely-there shorts have been staples in years past, what's a gal to do when the hottest day--Sunday--is being predicted at a high of a (mere) 83-degrees?

We decided to take to Jennifer Daking, Silverlake-based co-founder and designer of All-Mighty, a clothing label featuring its own little pudgeball Boston Terrier mascot, for her top tips on what to wear for this year's unseasonal temps. Daking, a soprano, brought along the Silver Lake Chorus to chime in with their own rainy day favorites.

The Silver Lake Chorus Facebook Page
The Silver Lake Chorus: Sort of like this, but less sunny.

The Silver Lake Chorus consists of 25 singers who sing choral arrangements of indie music. I spoke with the Chorus just as they were wrapping up a recording session for their new album produced by Ben Lee. The forthcoming album (which really has no release date set at all, according to Founder and Artistic Director Sam Rader) will feature original songs written exclusively for the Silver Lake Chorus by artists like Bon Iver, the Bird and the Bee, Of Montreal, The New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, and many more.

Below are Daking and the rest of the Silver Lake Chorus' fashion suggestions for this  weekend.

5. Colorful Raincoats, Ponchos and Jelly Footwear

Clear Plastic Raincoat, $72,

"Phones die, and you need to find your friends, so before everyone ends up in garbage bags, or the same disposable poncho, wear something that will make you visible!," says Daking. A clear raincoat will also protect you from the elements and still let you show off your outfit.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jellies, $109.50,

4. Skirts and Dresses

Ditsy Geo Dress with Belt, $16.90,

"Pants get wet and can stick to your body in unflattering ways," says Rader. "So if you wear a short skirt or dress with really cute tights--American Apparel makes a great tight in all sorts of vibrant colors--it'll look great in the rain."

While pants may seem to be the logical rainy day go-to, they also tend to weigh you down and generally just look really unflattering when soaked through. Try pairing a short or mid-length dress with some timeless Hunter rain boots that are a staple at all those UK festivals that are yearly inevitable mud fests. 

Hunter Original Gloss, $125,

3. Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash mascara, $5.19, all major drugstores
Forego the $20-something designer mascaras--make-up artists agree that this classic drugstore staple gives you the best bang for your buck.

2. Wide-brimmed Hats

Etsy seller osterlandmillinery
Natural Sea Grass Large Brim Hat, $54, Etsy seller osterlandmillinery
"To keep the rain off of your glasses!," suggests Daking. 

1. Bright Lipsick
MAC lipstick in "Lady Danger," $14.50, or major department stores
"Even if you look like a drowned rat, if u have an amazing coral lipstick, you'll still look good," says Rader."I think MAC's 'Lady danger' is the best thing ever. [The women of the Silver Lake Chorus] love a bright lipstick." 

Bonus: Bright shades (and really dark colors) tend to actually lost longer on your lips since they have more pigment. The more sheer and more pastel your lipstick, the quicker it'll fade. 

Learn more about Jennifer Daking and the rest of the Silverlake Chorus and their upcoming shows at


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