There’s a lot about Coachella that is really great and a lot that you’d never expect based off of the copious amounts of Instagram photos. Yes, the ferris wheel is a photogenic spot to snap something and the food is as delicious (and wildly expensive) as it sounds after a long and tiring day in the sun. We all know that the outfits sometimes (or all the time, depending who you ask) hold priority over the actual performances, but don’t necessarily depict the realistic truth of practicality for Coachella. Here, I’ll break down the major do’s and don’t’s of some Coachella outfits from this past April.
One of the most saturated searches directly after Coachella are the lengthy compilation lists by magazines of the “best” outfits from the weekend. After scrounging around to find some of the most common trends, this is some of what you may see at the next festival.
1. Over-the-Ankle Boots
In theory, over-the-ankle boots seem like the quintessential footwear for a boho, valley-vibe sort of festival. What you may not realize going into the weekend though is that as you continue to jump, walk, and roam, the sides of those boots are also going to have their moment to rub against your shins, ankles, and calves. While they may be the perfect addition to denim daisy dukes and a cropped tee, the drug store run that night for bandaids won’t be as fun. As simplistic as it may sound, tennis shoes really are a great alternative to keep your feet ready-to-go for as many days as you are.
The heat is one of the main factors that can make or break a Coachella experience. And while it’s often advised to bring a hat to protect your head from the strong rays, wide-brimmed hats are too often inconvenient and in-the-way choices. Unless you’re VIP or hold a coveted Artist Pass, these hats are just too bulky and troublesome to deal with in crowds. The last thing you want is losing it off your head somewhere into the crowd never to be seen again. It serves you better to bring a smaller trucker hat, baker boy cap, or bucket hat in the scenario you need to tuck it away. It’s also just courteous to the festival-goer behind you to have a fair view of the stage as well (speaking from a personal experience and of being 5’2″ it’s very much appreciated).
Coachella is one of those places where the idea of less is better is a common theme among attendees. You see it in the sense of clothes, mostly, but that also includes the stuff you bring with you on a day-to-day basis. Backpacks are the best thing to bring if you’re hoping to get robbed from behind. And when you store everything in there from your phone, cash, credit cards, shuttle passes, and personal necessities, it’s the perfect situation for someone else to get lucky and you begging at the lost and found booth all night. Play it safe with a fanny pack or crossbody bag you can keep in front of you. Keep your eyes on the prize (literally).
Deep in the Coachella Valley for just two specific weekends is when it’s completely accepted to dare to bare. While some take it to more extreme extents than others, there is something praising to be said about sheerness when the temperature is boiling and dust is kicked up in every direction. It cuts the heat back tremendously and creates a fun, flirty look with still keeping you covered from the elements of the desert. Possibly the most popular outfit trend I saw at Coachella was a sheer mesh or fishnet dress over a cheeky bikini set. Did they all plan in a ten-thousand person groupchat beforehand?
While chunky jewelry has long been a Coachella tradition and predicted trend, there was a plentiful amount of bandanas displayed this year on the polo fields. Both practical and stylistic, they do justice by keeping off dust and acting as a barrier against your neck or chest from the sun. Whether you display yours for the badass-factor or reasonability of having an ultralight scarf, bandanas are a trend most likely to hold out for the years to come.
One of the best ways to safeguard your face from the inevitable breakouts post-Coachella is to tone is down on the makeup. It’s wildly common to see photos of over-the-top and expressive makeup but with the combination of heat, sweat, dirt, and overall grime, your skin will thank you to have the time to breathe and cleanse itself out. In my opinion, I think going natural on the makeup will serve you better and allow for the Indio sun to give you a nice natural glow after the three days outside.
Although Coachella won’t be coming around again until next April, there are a plethora of music festivals popping up around the nation constantly. With events such as Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Governors Ball, Burning Man these are some of the best tips to keep in mind when buying your tickets and packing up your bags!