The most talked-about event of the spring? Coachella. Tickets go on sale a full year before the festival itself, and past headliners include Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Calvin Harris. Once your ticket box comes in, you'll want to start thinking about Coachella outfits for 2019. What you wear to the festival is important, given the cool-girl scene and the many, many Instagram opportunities (pro tip: the Ferris wheel is a hotspot).
This year, Ariana Grande is closing the three-day long event. Given the year the singer has had, from billboard hits like "Thank U, Next" to her very public break-up with Pete Davidson, it's already looking to be an unmissable festival. I can already feel the excitement in the air (also, my sister just 'grammed her coveted Coachella wristlets).
Traditionally, festival-goers are down to wear just about everything, from designer dresses to just a bikini top and denim shorts. In short: You want to stand out. Well, unless you're Leonardo DiCaprio, in which case you want to hide in a hoodie and hope no one recognizes you. But if hoodies aren't in your vocabulary, then proceed ahead for some Coachella outfit inspo.
Denim Jacket + Minidress
Model Alessandra Ambrosio has attended Coachella almost every year since 2009, so she's mastered festival attire. One of my favorite outfits of hers is this distressed cropped denim jacket with a sweetheart-neckline minidress. This versatile look serves as a good foundation to tack on cute accessories like a fanny pack (a must for any festival), a choker, and sunglasses. A pair of slightly beat-up sneakers add a sense of casualness to the look, so bring your most worn-in kicks. Post-Coachella, toss those dirty babies out.
Maxi Dress + Sandals
The fashion at Coachella is breezy and free-spirited. A flowy maxi dress like the one Jamie Chung's wearing will help you channel this energy. There's also benefits to being in a long dress: the fabric will protect your skin from that fiery afternoon sun and provide you warmth when the temperatures drop at night. Once you've decided on your maxi (I love a good floral print), style it with your comfiest sandals. A smart footwear choice makes standing for hours to see your favorite artists much more bearable. You don't want to miss Ariana Grande.
Bodysuit + Cover-up
Anything goes at this music festival, meaning you can show up in as much, or as little, clothing as you want. Toe the line with a sheer dress or cover-up and a bodysuit underneath. I suggest going for a kimono-like piece with lace and embroidery (it'll look pretty against the backdrop of palm trees) and touching up your outfit with statement accessories. Though skip the weighty necklaces and chokers in favor of a fun crossbody bag. It won't be fun if they're weighing you down as you dance.
Top + Denim Skirt
Dig out that denim skirt from the back of your closet and let it shine at Coachella. This summertime piece is as easy to pair with any tops in your closet as denim shorts. Go with a poufy shoulder, like Aimee Song, or tuck a bodysuit into your bottoms. To comfortably sit cross-legged on the grass in your skirt, wear Spanx or boy shorts underneath.
Crop Top + Denim Shorts
There's no argument here: denim shorts are a must for Coachella. On your third and final day at the festival, you'll realize being comfortable is more important than taking one more Instagram in your cute-but-impractical jumpsuit with a hard-to-reach back zipper. Shorts are much more restroom-friendly than one pieces. To make your bottoms stand out in the crowd, wrap a cool belt around your waist or style with a crop top that will show off that body chain. Still feeling adventurous? Go for a denim-on-denim look with a jean jacket.
Romper + Boots
Aside from the fact you'll find yourself half-naked in the bathroom stall if you wear a romper or jumpsuit, one-pieces are easy to throw on for a three-day weekend in the desert. And, even easier to pack than separates as they're space-savers in a carry-on. Zoë Kravitz shows us an effortless but edgy way to pull off this look with platform booties and a gold choker. Not a fan? You can wear variations of her look by replacing combat boots with sneakers or sandals and a choker with earrings and a light cardigan.
Oversize Boho Top + Shorts
Last but not least, I can't end this post without including a floral piece like this billowy boho blouse. You'll see this print all over festival outfits, so the best way to stand out is by wearing your version. Go with yellow, lilacs, or red hues and add a finishing touch with a bandana or scarf. Also: This will come in handy for your face/eyes as you walk from the parking lot to the actual festival grounds, as the path is extremely dusty.
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