“Cloud 9, you can be what you wanna be, Cloud 9, you ain't got no responsibility, Cloud 9, every man, every man in the street, Cloud 9, you're a million miles from reality.” – Bob Marley “Rebels Hop”
As Coachella once again quickly approaches, we are faced with the daunting and fun task of deciding what to wear, pack and anticipate. Once you cover the basics: Shades, sunscreen, sun hat and crossbody bag, what other fashion musts are on the list this year?
The great thing about dressing for Coachella is that you can really go wild and be free with how you express yourself through your garb. This is the perfect opportunity to make a statement about who you are as an individual, break the usual “rules” of fashion, and turn your body into a canvas.
This year, the first weekend, has a 50% chance of rain so wear items that dry out easily and are comfortable even when a bit wet. Light cotton fabrics and loose fitting clothes are always good and staying away from wearing denim in the rain is advisable. The comfy burnout of such an artist driven line like Wet Cement is always a great colorful option.
Swap your cowboy boots for Hunter rainboots, bring an inexpensive umbrella that can double as a sun shade (and perhaps even a walking cane if you find yourself over indulged). Make sure it is one that you won’t mind losing i.e. not Burberry. While on the subject of losing things, we'd like to point out that while wearing those designer shades is super styling, it may be advisable to leave them at home; things easily get lost and broken at any music festival and Coachella is no different. Instead, grab a pair from Target or 7-11 that won't ruin your day if lost, but still look fly.
Be sure to wear what makes you happy and is comfortable. As most of us would be more comfortable in flip flops in the heat; with the crowds a fun pair of sneakers or closed toe shoe is probably wise. Keep in mind that it should be a pair that you’re not going to have a temper tantrum over them getting ruined. Rain brings mud and, don't forget, this does take place in the desert.
Moving on up…. cargo shorts, bikini tops and scarves are all great ideas to start with and you can add your own mix with vintage pieces, vests, layers of necklaces or thrift store finds. Anything with fringe, sparkle or color will be a sure hit. Go through your closet and find old items that you can reinvent or add to. Try cutting the sleeves off old shirts that are laying dormant in the back of your closet, or play with mixing and matching patterns that you normally wouldn't put together.
Really want to be different? Have someone do henna on your hands and/or feet, wear a tribal belly dancing choker, a mini Indian headdress, paint your nails in different bright colors, wear a funky anklet that you won’t mind potentially losing, braid a scarf into your hair, or have someone put a little war paint on your face. Floral prints, lace, and tribal prints are all in style and perfect for the occasion as well.
Another thing to keep in mind is that although the days are hot, the nights can get quite chilly. A thick cardi coat will be your best friend once the sun goes down. Or, try considering a tribal print poncho that will work as something to lay on if you want to nap or for warmth in the evening. Some may want to grab their favorite beanie for when the sun goes down as well.
Ideas of things to keep in your purse:
A Band Aid or two
Band Aid Friction Block Stick (it will prevent you from getting blisters)
Chewing gum or mints (in case you end up making out with someone)
A facial mist spray for cooling off (this will also make you instant new bff’s)
Extra hair ties
Mini deodorant (if you’re the type that needs to freshen up, please do so as we don’t want to smell you)
Enjoy Coachella and have fun doing what you are best at; being you!
Check out the gallery for some ideas! All images were found on Tumblr blogs and the originated source is credited to the best of our ability.
“Gimme little soul, oh Lord, Gimme little, gimme little soul, oh Lord.”- Bob Marley, “Rebels Hop”
Article by: Teal Druda