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Countdown To Coachella: 5 Outfit Ideas Perfect For Weekends 1 and 2

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Festival season is officially upon us once again! If you’re heading to the desert of Indio, California in April for Coachella weekends one or two, this is the article for you. Planning outfits for music festivals always seems like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never been to one before. If you’re looking for some inspiration for what to wear to Coachella — whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned attendee — here are some options for you to consider.

The 70s Are Calling

In case you haven’t heard, 1970s fashion is making a comeback just in time for festival season thanks to trends and shows like “Daisy Jones and The Six.” There are tons of unique outfit options for you to channel the vibes of the 70s, whether you lean more toward florals, fringe or denim. The usual burnt orange color that had the 70s in a chokehold is sure to stand out in the desert and will add to the aesthetic of Coachella. Feel free to channel your inner Stevie Nicks and pair a flowy shawl with your outfit for added effect and uniqueness.

Beat The Heat

If there’s one thing Coachella is known for besides the music, it’s the desert heat. One way to beat it is to wear cool clothing. Mesh dresses paired with a bodysuit are not only super cute and trendy but they’re bound to keep you cool. You can accessorize this outfit with a chain belt, chunky earrings and boots to make the ultimate trendy look to beat the Indio heat. Another clothing option for beating the heat is skirts, especially flowy ones. Not only do they look cute paired with bikini tops or crop tops, but they also lean into the bohemian vibes the festival is known for.

Matching Sets

In my opinion, matching sets are always a good option, especially for music festivals. Not only are matching sets cute and trendy, but you can style them any way you want. Want to get two outfits out of it? You absolutely can by wearing the top and bottoms by themselves on different festival days. Pair them with your favorite shoes, heeled or not, as well as some accessories and you’re bound to stand out. Amazon has some cute options available like this one and so do sites like Princess Polly.

Cute in Crochet

Crocheted outfits have been big in the fashion world for the last few years and they’re perfect for festival season. Whether you plan on making one yourself or purchasing an outfit from a small business on Etsy or from sites like Nasty Gal, you’re bound to find something that fits the vibe you’re looking for. If you plan on going with a colorful crocheted skirt, try pairing it with a neutral-colored top. However, if you’re going with a matching set or dress, try pairing it with a pair of fun shoes like cowboy boots or Dr. Martens.

Casual Comfort

Nobody wants to be uncomfortable while being in the desert heat for 3 days. This casual outfit inspiration is not only cute, but it’s comfortable. If you’re trying to go for a look that is more laid back, bike shorts and a cropped tank top are the way to go — especially when paired with a fanny pack. Alternatively, you could also pair the bike shorts with a t-shirt for one of the artists performing, such as Bad Bunny, Black Pink or Frank Ocean.

Overall, planning your outfit(s) for Coachella or other music festivals taking place this year doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Hopefully, this list gives you some inspiration for some photo-worthy outfits. 

Have you decided what to wear to Coachella this year? Let us know in the comments!

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