A little musical festival called Coachella kicked off last weekend, as anyone with a social media account knows. The desert town of Indio, CA quickly turned home to the largest population of girls donning crop tops and ankle boots at any given point in time. There were plenty of new takes on festival style this year and of course the perennial looks staking their claim as wardrobe staples (cut off jean shorts and floppy hats aren’t going anywhere it looks like). While some of these looks still reign supreme, it’s time for others to take a back seat and gracefully make way for the next wave of trends. With the help of social media it’s pretty apparent what was trending this year, so let’s break a few of them down:
Braids – When news broke that Vanessa Hudgens wouldn’t be making any grand reappearances at Coachella it was pretty upsetting; if anyone knew how to rock festival hair it was her. Thankfully, Kate Bosworth really stepped it up and was a perfect replacement for hair envy. POPSUGAR shares this Vanessa/Kate sentiment with me and gives credit where credit is due, and Kate’s epic braid deserves a lot. I have yet to see any negative reviews on this simple yet eye-catching look. I’m thinking we may have found one of our newest festival hair trends, and I’m totally okay with that.
Flower crowns- If your plan is to look as Coachella-esque as possible, wearing a flower crown is a pretty safe bet. A well done flower crown is a really impressive accessory, so I can see why the love affair with them is still very much alive. It just seems a bit of an overkill at this point. Not to mention that after a few hours of dancing in the Indio sun a flower crown is not nearly as glamorous as it was in that morning Instagram post. A perfect comprise to the flower crown that hasn’t been completely overdone is the braided crown. Sienna Miller has been sporting this look for years and I don’t think anyone would hurt from stealing her style tips. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest for those of us not particularly talented in the art of braiding (you can also find the Bosworth braid mentioned above).
Tans- There is certainly never a shortage of tan skin at Coachella, which may be directly correlated to the amount of exposed skin from the onset of crop tops and cut-offs. But there’s just something about being tan and frolicking around the desert that makes sense. Spray tanning companies are no dummies to this trend so it’s definitely worth checking out their websites for some pre-Coachella specials. If spray tanning isn’t your thing don’t fret, there are plenty of other ways to achieve an Indio worthy glow. Find a few tips and tricks here.
Flashtats – I’m a little surprised these jewelry inspired, metallic temporary tattoos are still a trend. They were great when they first hit the scene but I’m ready for their 15 minutes of fame to be up. A single arm band can be a great addition to your killer fishtail braid and spray tan (see above), especially when the sun catches it just right. Unfortunately, the art of subtlety doesn’t really exist at Coachella. That’s fine in circumstances but when it comes to flashtats they’ve gone from a once dainty accessory to a gaudy distraction. I would be perfectly fine with flashtats being replaced by actual jewelry, which leads me to my next topic.
Statement jewelry- Say what you want about the Kardashian/Jenner gals, but they sure know how to make a statement. Kendall did it again this year at Coachella with some serious statement jewelry. Since most of don’t have ten seasons of a reality show to our name, a necklace coming in at a cool $710.00 is pretty unrealistic. H&M is helping us out though with their line of Coachella inspired clothing and accessories.
Take these Coachella trend opinions with a grain of salt, festivals are all about personal style (and music, of course). If a fringe top and tribal is what makes your heart sing then who is anyone to judge? Until next year Coachella, thanks for the inspiration!