If you’re like me and always expending tons of energy trying to figure out what to bring on trips in order to be prepared for any weather/situation/temperature/
Coachella is 3 days long and the fashion is almost as important to Coachella as the music. Coachella is one of those few rare times that you can dress in basically a costume in public and no one will judge you. I will warn you that at 28 I’m a pretty pragmatic young lady so if you’re one of those girls that has no problem wearing Louboutins all night, bold lips any day without worrying constantly that lipstick is on your teeth, or outfits that are basically taped to your naughty parts you probably have a much higher commitment to lookin’ fly than I do.
Here’s my tips are on what to wear to Coachella including affordable clothes and accessories. Be sure to check out my What to Bring to Coachella post.
Shoes for Coachella
Coachella is enormous I’d guess depending on how active your group is you will be walking up to 6-10+ miles per day in a grassy field. I wore flat boots when I went because my friend Meagan told me to wear boots that “don’t even have a 1 inch heel. Not even the littlest baby heel. Flat. On the ground.” And I think that was really good advice. If you wear heels you’ll probably hate yourself and end up barefoot. If you wear sandals they are going to get jacked up by all the dirt and your feet will be stepped on by fellow festival-goers. If you’re even more chill than I am you could wear sneakers and be comfortable as well.
Dresses and Skirts– Pick some that are long enough so that when you sit on the ground you’ll have a little bit of a fabric barrier. Also consider wearing shorts underneath for added comfort and because it can get super windy.
Forever 21 M-Slit Knit Maxi Skirt $17.90 // Charlotte Russe Crochet-Trim Off-the-Shoulder Shift Dress $32.99 // Forever 21 Crocheted Mandala Print Dress $29.90 // Charlotte Russe Belted Lace Midi Dress $29.99
Pants– During the day it’s a bit hot for pants, but I did wear a thinner pair of (fun silver holographic) leggings one day and felt comfortable. Leggings are a good choice if you’re into that. Those billowey patterned pants aka Palazzo pants like this pair from Target that are popular right now would be comfortable as well.
Forever 21 Regency Remixed Leggings $10.80 // Target Women’s Challis Palazzo Pants w/Smock Waistband $24.99 // Target Mossimo Printed Legging in Pink $17.99 // Forever 21 Kaleidoscope Floral Palazzo Pants $22.90
Shorts– Jorts (jean shorts) are plentiful at Coachella. I wore shorts one day and found some cute lace cotton with a drawstring ones that didn’t ride up (this part is key).
Bathing Suits– You can definitely rock a bathing suit in the desert. I would highly recommend bringing something warmer to wear over it at night. Body suits (and jump suits for that matter) are fun, but remember that you will be waiting in long lines for port-o-potties all day.
The old lady in me wants you to cover up to protect yourself from the sun because that shit will age you and not just your face. Definitely bring bathing suits though and fun cover ups like dresses and wedge heels for when you get invited to cool pool parties during the day that are not at the field and therefore will not require such a commitment or walking long distances.
Jacket– I’d recommend bringing a light jacket, sweater, or flannel with you because the temperature really drops at night and you will get chilly.
Purse/Bag for Coachella
I’m a big fan of the mini backpack. I have a Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack and although it was a bit of an investment ($125) I get tons of use out of it. It’s a great size and is much more comfortable than that uneven feeling of a heavy bag on one shoulder. You can find a way cheaper one at tons of stores now.
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