The fashion rules at Coachella music festival are as follows: ANYTHING GOES!
What began as a chill, down to earth opportunity for ordinary people and celebrities to share a common ground and kick back, relax and enjoy a wide variety of musical entertainment, has slowly morphed into one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Designers fight to dress celebs for the festival (which falls over two weekends in April in Indio, California) and the trendy ladies attending are planning their Coachella wardrobes well in advance. It’s no longer about comfort and relaxation as it is about looking your absolute best, while still trying to pull off a hippie, flower child, one-with-the-earth vibe.
Over the years, certain trends have emerged as staples at the California festival. Anyone looking to fit in at the event will embrace one of the following Coachella clichés: tie dye, fringe (on anything and everything), a flower crown, crop top, cut off denim shorts and distressed band tees. Different forms of head gear were also prominent, including the obvious flower crown, to feathers, jeweled headbands, big floppy hats, fedoras, and even Native-American inspired headdresses. Photos taken at the event show increasingly experimental looks year by year, some of the more daring attendees opting for a full-on costume. One performer even donned a sheer mesh bodysuit with only pasties underneath. (Hey, I said anything goes…) A particularly popular statement emerging, seen all over Coachella, is the bindi (a jewel or series of jewels placed in the middle of the forehead), along with more elaborate facial gems. Those looking to stick with the simple boho-chic vibe might rock a flowing, printed maxi dress, a tie dye maxi skirt or palazzo pants with a fringed crop top. It’s all about self-expression, and any fearless fashionista will take these common looks and try to make it her own.