A midst the clichéd face paint and crocheted tops, there were some surprisingly practical dressers at the first installment of California’s Coachella festival. Here’s what we learnt….
Denim shorts are OK. Really
When it comes to donning denim shorts balance is key. Did Cindy Crawford parade round Coachella in the bottom-grazing cut-offs of her younger festival peers? No. Rather, the supermodel paired her shorts with a long cardigan-cum-jacket which proved to be an excellent laidback cover-up below).
If tasselled cardigans fill you with thoughts of festival clichés, fret not. A rain mac (remember British festivals will most certainly involve downpours) or oversized hoodie would provide coverage, and balance out the bare legs. For jazzier solutions, look to Suki Waterhouse (below), who wore her her casual cut-offs with a long-sleeved sequinned top.
Festivals are not the time to wear shiny white trainers
Forgive us, we are about to backtrack on all our spring shoe guides extolling the joys of a bright, white trainer. Bleached footwear and festival fields do not a match maketh. Look instead to the Converse high-tops and Vans Old Skool sneaks already in your wardrobe. A little dust and dirt will give them character, and you can put them in the wash afterwards.
NB: High-top trainers also help soften the look of denim shorts.
‘Chokers are the new flower crowns’
According to Taylor Swift’s #GirlSquad chokers are the new accessory du jour. Avoid chunky neck charms in favour of subtle black bands that nod to the trend without shouting ‘Nineties throwback.’ Wear with your trusty festival basics to bring your look bang up-to-date.
Stick to sensible skirt lengths
If shorts aren’t your thing, a longer dress/skirt length is a safe and very grown-up sartorial choice. Unlike Kiernan Shipka and Emily Ratajkowski (below), who enjoyed the plush benefits of Coachella’s VIP area, most of your day will involve sitting on various patches of grass. Floaty, mid-shin skirts will preserve your modesty, and also keep your legs warm when the nighttime chill sets in. Win win.
A snazzy jacket does all the hard work for you
If ever there was a time to showcase a ‘party’ jacket, it’s at a festival. Check out Taylor Swift’s embroidered bomber, which is a departure from her usual preppy style, but chimed perfectly with the more daring persona she adopted for Coachella.
Throw your own trophy jacket over the top of plain ensembles and they’ll instantly come to life. Silky bombers are a good, wipe-clean option to brush off the dust that seems to get everywhere at festivals. Never say we don’t think of the practical stuff.