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10 Festival Style Lessons Coachella 2015 Taught Us

Dubbed the ‘fashionista’s festival’, Coachella is where the beautiful people head to hear their favourite bands and dress head-to-toe in boho chic. Flower crowns, floaty dresses and next-to-nothing clothing reign supreme in this desert-based festival in Indio, California (Glastonbury it is not).

Here are the 10 festival style lessons Coachella 2015 taught us…

Denim cut-offs will never go out of style



The festival staple is the denim short. Easy to throw on, they work with every style aesthetic and will see you through the entire weekend. The Coachella set loves denim shorts, especially if they’ve been cut off from a pair of old jeans, complete with frayed edges.

A statement hat is your best new accessoryCoachella 2015 - statement hats style

Flower crowns were still in abundance at Coachella this year, but the statement hat became the new head gear of choice. Oversized fedoras and floppy 70s styles were seen on many a festival-goer’s head; we love how this woman has accessorised her black hat with a bunch of white flowers.

‘70s boho ruled…Coachella 2015 - 70s boho style

Coachella is Woodstock for the new generation. Festival-goer’s pay homage to the 1969 festival through emanating the free-love, boho style of the late '60s/early '70s. This year maxi dresses, fringing, head scarves and crochet were seen all over Coachella’s fields.

…‘90s grunge wasn’t far behindCoachella 2015 - 90s grunge style

A fashion era that has enjoyed a resurgence in the past couple of years, the '90s are now officially ‘vintage’. Those who didn’t go down the '70s route opted for the more recent decade, wearing minimal monochrome, oversized shirts, chokers and chunky footwear.

Tall gladiator sandals are this summer’s It ShoeCoachella 2015 - gladiator sandals style

Tall gladiator sandals are having a moment. Seen at Valentino and Chloé this season, the trend has made its way from the runway to the street (or field, in this case) and at Coachella they came in all shapes, sizes and colours. The key to this look is to keep your shorts, dress, skirt or playsuit short to let the shoes make a real impact.

Palm print is the new floralCoachella 2015 - palm print style

Florals are always around in spring/summer but this year Coachella offered up a new print: palm. Big, bold and green, it was seen on maxi dresses, co-ords and '70s-style wrap dresses. Simple gold jewellery works best with this print.

The kimono is the festival cover up of choiceCoachella 2015 - kimono style

Long and floaty, short and embroidered or silky and hooded, the Coachella set were draping kimonos over their perfectly styled outfits. Enough to act as a cover-up, they’re light enough to wear in the summer sun and can add an extra print or texture to a simple outfit.

The only sunglasses you need are round and mirroredCoachella 2015 - mirrored sunglasses style

Every year brings up a new sunglasses trend: aviator, wayfarer, oversized, cat eye…the list goes on. Coachella 2015 taught us that the style to go for is round and mirrored. Whether they’re classic with gold metal frames or rimmed with purple Perspex, round sunglasses are the shape of the season.

Head-to-toe white is always a good ideaCoachella 2015 - head to toe white style

For the past couple of seasons, tonal dressing has become the new colour-blocking; a chic, more elegant take on the trend. An outfit in full white or different shades of the hue creates a fresh look for spring/summer. Make it festival-ready with bold accessories

The body chain is the must-have jewellery pieceCoachella 2015 - bodychain style

Statement jewellery goes hand-in-hand with festival style. At Coachella, delicate body chains were the accessory of choice, worn with crop tops and bikinis to accentuate the pieces.

Sarah Atkinson
Sarah Atkinson Writer and expert

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