Fashion is to Coachella goers as oxygen is to humans – okay, maybe it isn’t THAT important, but it is still pretty darn vital to the festival going experience.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 14-16 and April 21-23 with Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, The XX and more than 100 others.
We already offered some Coachella fashion ideas on T-shirts to wear to the festival (and the Coachella essentials packing list), so now we are going to give you some tips on the fashion don’ts of Coachella. Please listen, because this could save your fashion reputation.
1. Flower crown
We understand the temptation and we want you to unleash your inner hippie, but cool it with the flower crowns. If you really need to get your flower crown on, just use the SnapChat filter – it’s fun and fashion-friendly. And remember that a flower crown won’t save you from a scalp sunburn.
In the desert heat do you really want anything hindering your breathing or constricting your neck while you’re dancing around with tens of thousands of people? We thought not. Save the chokers for a breezy summer day and just go with a necklace, you will thank us later.
3. Native American headdress
This is just downright offensive and an example of cultural appropriation. Please, just stick to a hat.
4. High heels
Again, YOU ARE IN THE DESERT! Wear comfortable shoes so you can dance and walk around with ease. You will be spending the majority of your time on your feet at Coachella, so take care of them.
5. A onesie
This is another fashion no-no that should be self-explanatory. Onesies are great for a night in with Netflix and pizza, but the comfortable and warm garments have no business being at a desert festival in the high heats. Also would you really ever want to be photographed in a onesie at Coachella? Embarrassing. And also, um, porta-potties. The same thing goes for those full-body spandex suits.
6. Denim boots
Yes, this is a thing and it is offensive to both denim and boots. For footwear, we suggest breathable and comfortable shoes – like sneakers or sandals. These boots will just make your legs even sweatier as well as showing off your lack of fashion sense.
7. Glitter butt
Apparently, this is actually a real thing and a recent trend. If you see someone at Coachella that has a glitter-covered behind, it might not be because they fell in a glob of glitter – it is probably intentional. Don’t be that person.
8. Crochet boots
Yes, crocheting is fun, but just save these boots for those cooler days next year. Your feet and legs (and fashion pride) will thank you later. Also, anything in a light neutral color is going to get wrecked by the dirt.