Written by Francesca Conlin
It’s that time of year again, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is back for it’s 14th annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts event, which will feature 150 acts, including fan favorites such as Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Ray, and Calvin Harris. OutKast (finally reunited) will be performing Fridays, April 11th and 18th, Muse will headline the Saturday shows on April 12th and 19th, and then Arcade Fire will close out Sunday night performances on April 13th and 20th. If you’re like me and couldn’t get a ticket (since General Admission sold out in less than 20 minutes), you still want to take part in all of the fun fashion hype that leads up to it.
Even if you’re not attending Coachella, summer is right around the corner, the ultimate music festival season. So, that still means you have to be prepared and dress appropriately. Although the easy way out would be to shop at boho-hippie store Free People, you probably already have some great summer staples in your closet that are must-haves at the moment. Combine them together and you can have a Coachella-worthy look.
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Now, it isn’t Coachella without some florals, crop tops, fringe and round sunglasses. I give you, then, this first look, which includes Chuck Taylor’s and Boyfriend Jeans (both of which we probably all have) because sky-high heels just won’t cut it for the whole weekend. Pair with a bucket-bag with a bright color and fringe that let’s you carry a lot of stuff while still looking cute, and a floral print moto-jacket will keep you warm once the sun goes down. Add on a leather-spiked bracelet, skull necklace, and circle sunglasses with lace-esque rims and you’re ready to listen to some great music all weekend long.
Maybe you’re thinking, wait I’m in California, why should I wear jeans? Well, in that case you could opt for a pair of acid-wash denim shorts, like the ones below, or even a pair of denim overalls. Both of these looks provide you with the comfort of shorts and a tee/tank, but also include a few great accessories. Even though the straw hat fedora came on the scene a few years ago, Pharell has given new meaning to wearing a hat and popularized it all over again. Just as important, is the fact that wearing a hat (wide-brimmed or otherwise) will protect your face from the sun during the day while you’re lounging out listening to music. A leather satchel will hold anything you need, and a white kimono will add some warmth while still looking effortlessly chic. And again, you can’t forget your Ozzy sunglasses…
Most of us probably already have a pair or Dr. Marten’s for the winter, but who says you can’t wear them in the summer too? Paired with these overalls and black fringe bag, you’ll look as if you’ve been attending Coachella for years, and probably get your photo taken by a magazine or a street-style website, since the event is covered more and more each year. Bring in some color with this bright blue polish from OPI and some bling with this deluxe charm bracelet, gold midi-ring, and ponytail accessory.
Maxi skirts have had their time to shine, but now with chiffon maxis with shorter linings, a whole new trend has come into play. Additionally, leather booties with cutouts have also become recently popular and are obviously meant to only be worn in the summer. A graphic music-related tee is also a must for the two weekends you’re there and of course a fringe bag and round sunglasses. Light up the night, though, with a neon bracelet and transparent jacket with multi-color trim.
Whichever look(s) you choose to rock at Coachella or another music festival this summer, always remember: fringe, florals, leather, and more fringe…
[collages via Polyvore]