The Unofficial Coachella Dress Code
A FUNKY CROSSBODY
knows you can’t fully give yourself over to the music and join the dance party when you’re carrying a clutch or handbag. So she shows up with a funky multicolor bag over one shoulder.
Alessandra Ambrésio and her daughter Anja (in matching sheer white ensembles) are willing to give peace a chance but they’re apparently not willing to give babysitters a chance, considering they attend the not-so-child-friendly festival together.
HEADBAND – WORN ON YOUR FOREHEAD
Using a headband to hold back your hair is for Upper East Siders and the gym. At Coachella, it’s required that you pull down the accessory as Paris Hilton does, a move that proves you’re too busy being a hipster to concern yourself with weird tan lines.
This is an upgrade from the basic headband for advanced concertgoers like Bella Thorne and . The best ones are made from flowers that were picked while walking through a field barefoot, but if yours came from a Michaels craft store, that’s acceptable too.
You might think that an outdoor music festival would be anti-bra, but tropical-print Dolce & Gabanna bustier and Sophia Bush’s solid H&M cropped tank are the one kind of undergarment approved for Coachella.
The more wristbands you have, the more access you’ve got (and Emma Roberts is clearly on a lot of VIP lists). Add your own jewelry and watch to the arm candy mix to show you’re not just important, you’re also fashion-forward.
You know how after you buy tickets on Ticketmaster, they sometimes offer extras like parking for the event? We assume that when you order Coachella passes, what’s offered is a pair of cutoffs, as short as the ones seen on and Ireland Baldwin. Bonus points if they’re so short that your pockets are visible.
SOMETHING EYELET OR CROCHET
The granny-chic looks are so hot this year, perhaps because the breezy designs keep concertgoers so cool. opts for coordinating shorts and a tank with scalloped edges, while David Hasselhoff’s daughter Hayley throws on a knitted top.
Standard-issue hipster Wayfarers won’t cut it. So pack your heart-shaped rainbow lenses like Queen of Coachella Vanessa Hudgens or your dandelion-embellished frames, as AnnaSophia Robb did (and they go so well with her floral crown!).
MINI WITH BOOTS
Pairing an itty-bitty skirt or dress with clunky footwear, as seen on and Alessandra Ambrésio, may seem silly, but it’s actually all about practicality. Have you ever seen a field during an outdoor concert? Those conditions weren’t made for flip-flops or wedges.
If you’re not wearing cutoffs or a tiny skirt with boots, there’s only one other option: a dress like Jessica Lowndes’s, with its hippie-ish tie-dye print and sheer skirt.
A CROCODILE DUNDEE HAT
Coachella is many miles away from Australia, but it’s just as sunny in SoCal, plus hat trends know no borders, which is why so many stars including Stana Katic have been sporting this Down Under style.
If you’re a dude and you’re at Coachella, there’s only one wardrobe requirement: a shirt with no sleeves. , and their respective biceps take in the sun in these straight-outta-Brooklyn tops.