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How to Become a Coachella Chic

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What takes place centre stage at one of the most famous festivals in the world- music or fashion? Although this year’s festival saw one of the best line-ups, including Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga, the spotlight was on the famous faces who travelled to California to be amongst the crowds. Although kicking off the summer festival season, Coachella unofficially marks the start of the summer fashion season, giving you all the inspiration you could possible need for your summer outfits. Forget the old festival fashion which witnessed everyone wearing sequins, fringing and flower crowns, this season you can wear barely anything or decide on covering up in a cute dress, either way there is definitely a festival style that will suit you.

Festival fashion is, above all, about standing out and a way to do this is through wearing bright, bold, and brave patterns. Forget minimalism, this season it is all about rocking that inner seventies chick with floral dresses being the in-thing. Be prepared to embrace vibrant colours and to have fun with fashion through floral print and the famous sky-high slits. A popular person to take inspiration from is none other than Selena Gomez. This past weekend, she styled a Nora Sundress by HVN in blue and white with the hemline being just below the knee. Pairing the cute dress with a matching scarf tied around her neck, white trainers and Alain Mikli Paris sunglasses, this traditional yet trendy look is perfect for the sunny weather. Whether you trawl charity shops, your mum’s wardrobe or can afford to buy high-end, become a wallflower this festival season.

Lee/ Prahl/ Splash News

Lee/ Prahl/ Splash News

If, however, floral dresses simply are not your style, then another fashion favourite from the weekend is the classic crop top. Crop tops come in every colour and use almost every material from mesh to leather to crochet. Exposing your midriff has been flexed for several seasons now, as they can be worn elegantly for the evening of playfully during the day, either way there has been no other trend that gives you the incentive to get to the gym! This season’s crop tops go beyond the usual style that we have seen in the past and have formed their own new level. From lace bralettes to frilly bandeau’s to mirrored metallic tops, less seems to be considered more this season. A majority of the crop tops are the classic off-the-shoulder styles which adds sex appeal and one celebrity who wore an off-the-should crop top is the Coachella Queen herself, Vanessa Hudgens. Vanessa while at the Boohoo.com’s Desert Oasis party said that the ‘fun part of music festivals is dressing up. Any excuse to dress up is good for me’. Not only did she wear an off-the-shoulder top to one party, she also joined the new trend of the mirrored metallic tops which means that they are a must have this summer!

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Sophie Fritz/ startraksphoto.com

If you don’t feel comfortable showing more flesh in bralette’s or any other type of crop top, than sheer bodysuits are a great alternative to ooze that festival vibe. The one-pieces that have become a must-have this season highlight that to dress up, one must dress down. Don’t be afraid to don the sheer suits as they can be worn alongside anything. They can be worn in an ultra-feminine way paired with high-waisted flared trousers but also look just as good worn with sporty tracksuits and ripped jeans. The versatility of the sheer body suit, which come in a multitude of colours, has become a popular choice this festival season.

Mylan Torres

Mylan Torres

Whether you decide on floral patterns, crop tops or sheer body suits, I hope you all have fun this festival season!

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