You might have heard some buzz about a little music festival called Coachella. Aside from the lineup of artists, the next most talked about subject matter is what to wear once you’re there. "Festival style" has become so big, it’s earned a spot as its own wardrobe category.
The traditional Coachella fashion trends involve girls in denim cutoffs, logo tank tops and flower crowns- basically, anything channeling Woodstock is a good thing. The male standard sees many guys going for tank tops, as seen by the likes of Joe and Nick Jonas and actor Jesse Metcalfe.
Luckily, some of the biggest fashion trends for Spring 2014 are more than suitable for the upcoming festival. We take you through what you should wear to look up-to-date at this year’s shindig.
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The Crop Top
The crop top was big last year and continues to hold its ground in 2014 with DVF, DKNY and BCBG Max Azria featuring their own interpretations in their spring shows. The crop top is a Coachella staple so don’t leave home without one. Actress Vanessa Hudgens is a regular at the Indio, California festival and favours the tummy-bearing top.
You’re probably skeptical but mesh is looking like it could be one of spring 2014's big trends. Wear a white mesh top with something bright or neon underneath for a perfect Coachella look. White on white, as Rihanna demonstrated in a Balenciaga mesh top, would also fit in perfectly. Actress Bella Thorne was also on board wearing a white mesh top at last year’s festivities.
A full skirt might seem like a matronly option for a music festival but not if it’s styled properly. Pair a patterned full skirt with a crop top for a flash of skin as Dree Hemingway did brilliantly. Finally, throw on a pair of platform wedges (preferably comfy ones to elongate your legs and complete the look).
Tons of designers like Jason Wu and Rag & Bone sent pastel clothes down the runway for the spring/summer 2014 collections. Powdery hues like lavender and mint green are perfect shades to stay cool under the hot sun. If you’re not planning on rolling in the grass, pastels are a great feminine option. We actually love the pastel hair trend celebs like Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie have been sporting and we can see "My Little Pony" hair being a big beauty trend at this year’s festival.
Anything sheer or with sheer detailing will be in full bloom when spring-like weather finally kicks in. Good thing you’ll be at Coachella where the weather is already perfect for barely there clothing. Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed off the perfect Coachella-esque ensemble with embellished cutoffs and a sheer white blouse at the festival in 2012.
Is there anything more appropriate for Coachella? Fringe is in this year, at least according to 3.1 Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler. Next to the crop top, something fringed is your No. 2 Coachella staple. We love Fergie’s Coachella style: a boho fringe vest layered over a simple white maxi dress.
Is anyone surprised florals once again reign over spring 2014 fashion? Actress Jamie Chung looked perfectly low maintenance in a floral dress, denim jacket and ankle boots while roaming the Coachella grounds in 2013 and Solange wore a floral hibiscus skirt, emitting an entirely different vibe while utilizing spring’s favourite print.
The girly accent made its way down several runways, including Dries Van Noten, Rodarte and J.Crew. Ruffles say fun and flirty: isn’t that what we’re going for when suiting up for a musical festival under the California sun? A pirate-style ruffle top like the one worn by Vanessa Hudgens and Kylie Jenner would be ideal for a day out in the fairgrounds.
Guys wearing accessories is cool and we think this trend will translate especially well at Coachella. A great watch and a few leather bracelets around the wrist add the perfect bohemian element to any guy’s Coachella ensemble.
This spring trend applies to both men and women. If you feel like foregoing the cutoff, we love actress Portia de Rossi’s vacation ready style. Her khaki Bermuda shorts and flowy white tank top look put together but casual enough for Coachella.