Yes, another lookbook for Coachella! Weekend one of the coveted music festival may be over, but weekend two is upon us. You can deny all you want that Coachella is solely for the music, but influencers and clothing brands alike are there to prove you wrong. Even brands such as H&M sell exclusive lines dedicated to the music festival.
It’s very likely that you know more about which celebrity was wearing what then Bernie Sanders introducing Run the Jewels or Ellie Goulding singing with the Michael Jackson hologram. The latter really didn’t happen, but it still probably wouldn’t garner as many headlines as Vanessa Hudgens spending $190 on her Coachella manicure because fashion is just as large of a component to the festival as the music.
That being said, if you happened to pay an arm and a leg for a wristband to Coachella the last thing you need to do is spend more money on articles of clothing that can only be worn once a year. The following looks may help you figure out which style you want to go for and where you might be able to look for some of these items.
The most instinctual look is Bohemian chic. Flower crowns, gladiator sandals, floppy brimmed hats and lace all are a dime a dozen at Coachella. I never thought I would utter these words, but Fedoras are a good alternative to the standard floppy hat. In the photo, I used mine as a pop of color to the rest of the outfit. You can find Fedoras at H&M, ASOS and Urban Outfitters. The white dress is from Primark’s 2016 Summer Collection. Is white a very practical color to wear at a dusty music festival? Absolutely not. But the dress is $11 (not including shipping), so if your dress doesn’t survive the weekend it’s not a huge loss. Also, its dainty lace detailing is perfect for a Boho vibe. Lacey pieces are great in all forms be it jumpsuit, top or dress. Last but not least, the gladiator sandals. Will your toes get stepped on? Probably. But again, gladiator shoes are a good alternative to wearing unrealistic booties that will have you wanting to leave before the headliner takes main stage.
The 90s are back. I paired a knit ribbed tank with another Coachella staple – fringe. The burnt orange tank is from Forever 21 and suede fringe skirt is from H&M. The go-to accessory this year was chokers. This black suede choker in the photo is from Picks For Peace, a jewelry brand started by sisters Sofia and Mariel Mizrahi. Each choker features the brand’s signature guitar pick charm. A portion of the proceeds are donated to The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.
What better way to share your enthusiasm about seeing a band than wearing their own merchandise. “I’m a fan. My shirt says so.” The Guns N’ Roses graphic tee is also from the Irish-retailer Primark and is $13. I paired it with shredded vintage denim and Tevas. By day three of standing on your feet all day, you want a pair of comfortable shoes. Tevas are a great option. The Picks For Peace choker is versatile and also in this look.
Like I mentioned earlier, the Coachella Queen Vanessa Hudgens went to the North Hollywood nail salon Laque for a $190 manicure. I know in the fashion realm Alexa Chung can do no wrong, but I’m going against the fashion expert has said about nail art being dead.
Women are more willing to step outside of the box when it comes to negative space designs, ombre manis and accent nails. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good nude nail, but for Coachella, the sky is the limit. This year I enlisted the help of my favorite nail technician Sigourney Nuñez. Nuñez is a certified nail tech who is an editor at NAILS Magazine and also works at House of Polish in Beverly Hills. Nuñez stuck with an Earth tone color palette and pops of gold. This look has a coffin nail shape, maroon to gold ombre, two gold accent nails and gold triangle nail embellishments. Inspired by the fringe suede skirt, Nuñez hand-painted defined black lines at the bottom of the nail with a gold shimmer on top. Nuñez also kept in mind the duration of the festival and used gel polish for a look that would last through all three days.