If you are a big outdoor music festival fan, enjoy being around unique people and celebrities, and love dressing up like you don’t care what people think of you, there is one special place to do so. That place is Coachella.
Coachella is an annual two-weekend music festival in Indio, Calif. that is filled with big-name and rising performers, celebrities, journalists and regular people who dress up as whatever they want.
From sundresses to bikini tops for women and chambray shirts to mankinis for men, there is no particular dress code for one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. It is the time and place for you to let loose your inner fashion diva.
Along with that, famous fashion blogs and magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Buzzfeed and Huffington Post are always around taking pictures of those who either dress fashionably or inappropriately. The more outstanding you are, the more chances you have to become an Internet celebrity.
Senior Aaron Vidal, who got the chance to go to the second weekend of Coachella, also noticed some people in crazy outfits.
“There was one guy in bunny slippers, flea-inspired stuffed animal pants and a multi-colored hoodie. He was pretty hilarious,” Vidal said. “Another crowd favorite was this guy in a Rob Ford mask. I’m pretty sure people were just befriending him because they wanted to score some crack. Just kidding.”
Following the aforementioned blogs these past several years, I have noticed two significant styles that depict what mainstream Coachella outfits tend to feature: hippie couture and Native American headdresses.
The hippie style is famous among women at Coachella. They usually wear high-waisted shorts, long, printed skirts, tunics, lace or a crocheted outfit. But there is one necessary accessory to complete that look: a headband. And preferably a flowery one.
“The whole upper-class, faux-bohemian thing was really in,” Vidal said. “It was like in San Francisco. Make sure to wear a flower in your hair.”
The hippie look reminds me of the flower-child fashion back in the mid-1960s. The flower represents peace and love and was distributed by young people who gathered to oppose the Vietnam War. However, I think Coachella hippies dress up to express dance moves more than political movement.
I also notice the trend of Coachella attendants wearing Native American headdresses. From the small, one-feather ones to the full-on chieftain, this hair accessory can be seen everywhere at Coachella. To match the trend, Coachella now even rents out two-person tip is for $2,200.
I think that Native American headdresses are not suitable for music festivals. First of all, those big headdresses are heavy. Head-banging to Martin Garrix and having to keep that headdress on are probably not a good combination for your neck. Secondly, respect the people behind you who struggle to see the act on stage, please.
There is also controversy discussed on Buzzfeed and the Native Appropriations website on how disrespectful it is to wear this hipster headdress. Blogger Adrienne K. argues that wearing a Native American headdress is the same as wearing blackface.
“You are pretending to be a race that you are not, and are drawing upon stereotypes to do so,” Adrienne K. writes.
If I had the chance to go to Coachella, I would just want my outfit to be as relaxed as possible. Looking all pretty, festive and fashionable is nice, but I prioritize function over fashion. I can see myself being all sweaty and not caring what I wear by the end of the day.
“Shorts and a t-shirt was pretty much the way to go,” Vidal said. “Sunglasses were pretty necessary. Any other layers will just drag you down.”
The main point of going to Coachella is to have as much fun as possible. If you feel you are comfortable in what you wear (or don’t wear), don’t let anyone stop you. I’m not encouraging you to get to The Bachelor’s Lucy “Free Spirit” Aragon’s level, but at Coachella, go ahead and let your freak flag fly. Everyone else does.