2016 Coachella Fashion Guide

WORDS BY: KATHY PHAN
PHOTOS BY: STEPHANIE PEREZ

Backpack/ Goodwill, Pants/Ebay, Top/Free people, Hat/Johngalt

Backpack/ Goodwill, Pants/Ebay, Top/Free people, Hat/Johngalt

Dressing for Coachella is an art form in itself and there are many factors festival lovers must consider in pursuit of this daunting task – creating the perfect outfits. While beautiful in all its glory, Indio’s weather is far from ideal. You’re sweating your face off during the day and battling the cold sand attacks at night. It makes you wonder how all these festival junkies managed to crack those charming smiles under the scorching sun.

There really is no true “Coachella look” and as such, there is no pressure to dress a certain way while enjoying three days of vibing and screaming lyrics from your favorite band off-key. We are often misguided by what celebrities wear and seek to find inspiration from their over-the-top outfits and forget that they’re there for the parties and to be seen, not sweat under the sun.

It's important to dress for the festival spirit, but in the middle of a desert (that is prone to sandstorms), comfort should trump everything else. But I mean, who says you have to forgo personal style in the name of practicality?

Here are three common Coachella styles festival-goers love to wear:

Bohemian Rhapsody:
                                                        
You're an ethereal fairy in the desert and a wanderlust at heart. Soft lace, tulle, and chiffon with an aged look are defining features to your outfit. Have no fear; the sweaty days are over for those who walk this path. The great thing about lace is that it covers enough for modesty but leaves room for your skin to breathe. You can also use a shawl to wrap yourself at night when it gets cold or use it as a mask to cover your nose and mouth from the sand.

Dress/ Free people, Necklace/Free people, Bag/Free people

Dress/ Free people, Necklace/Free people, Bag/Free people

Dress/Free people, Hat/Pacsun

Dress/Free people, Hat/Pacsun

Into the Wild:                                                                                                              
Nothing screams good beach vibes more than crochet and ripped jeans. Baring excessive skin may not be appropriate for a job interview, but it's perfectly acceptable at Coachella. Who’s going to judge you, the bitter people who clearly can’t dress for the occasion? Flower crowns and flannels wrapped around the waist for additional warmth later into the night are popular (and practical) accessories.
 

Top/Ebay, Bottoms/ Urban outfiters, Bag/Madewell, Flowercrown/DIY, Shoes/Target

Top/Ebay, Bottoms/ Urban outfiters, Bag/Madewell, Flowercrown/DIY, Shoes/Target


Livin’ On the Edge:

I get it. Not everyone is a fairy princess in pastels. Edgy girls have a place in the Coachella fashion sphere too. Dainty chokers and silver accents make for a badass look. Don’t forget to pay homage to the king of grunge in your dark flannels. Kurt Cobain would be proud.

Flannel/Ebay, Top/Buffalo exchange, Bottoms/Abercrombie & fitch, Shoes/Converse, Chokers/DIY

Flannel/Ebay, Top/Buffalo exchange, Bottoms/Abercrombie & fitch, Shoes/Converse, Chokers/DIY