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Headlights: Fein Tuning

Headlights’ front woman scours the country for vintage pieces while on tour.

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WWD Music issue 09/04/2008
Headlights’ front woman scours the country for vintage pieces while on tour.

For Erin Fein, the 26-year-old keyboardist and front woman for dreamy-pop five-piece Headlights, being stylish might come easy, but expressing it does not. Between stretching a musician’s budget, touring with a tiny suitcase and performing alongside a group of casual guys, Fein struggles to maintain her vintage-infused, “classic-with-a-twist” style, but seems to effortlessly pull it off.

While on tour — Headlights just spent seven weeks on the road to promote its debut album “Some Racing, Some Stopping” — she scours the country looking for additions to her Thirties- and Sixties-influenced wardrobe. Recent finds included a handmade houndstooth skirt and a long-sleeve tweed dress.

With four male bandmates who are less fashion-inclined than she, Fein admires them for wanting Headlights’ main focus to be more about music than their image, whatever difficulties that brings.

“It’s kind of hard just because I’m definitely looking at T-shirts and jeans and trying to figure out a way that I feel comfortable onstage that fits in with the way they like to dress,” she says.

Finding a middle ground in cotton and vintage dresses, Fein relies on frocks made of anything but one material for live gigs, which she learned the hard way.

“I dance like an idiot onstage. I’m totally sweaty and polyester does not cut it for me,” she says. “When there’s like, 100-degree lightbulbs shining in your face and people looking at you, you’re just melting.”
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