With music festivals returning in a big way this season after back-to-back years of uncertainty, cancellations, and Covid-19 restrictions, concert-goers everywhere are rejoicing. The country’s most stylish music acolytes are dusting off their fringe tops and flower crowns for performances by
Billie Eilish and Harry Styles (Coachella), Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett (Stagecoach), and plenty more. The tunes promise to be major — and the ‘fits even more so.
Whether or not you’ll actually be attending one of these outdoor, sun-soaked music extravaganzas yourself, the urge to channel that groovy springtime sartorial spirit is something many can relate to after ample at-home sofa time in 2020 and 2021. We’re extracting our 2022 energy from the
festive part of festivals, even if we’re not entirely ready to jump back into a giant crowd. Luckily, Coachella-ready attire makes for a fun addition to any spring wardrobe (think vibrant-hued unitards, eye-catching body jewelry, and of course, cute fanny packs) no matter what you’ve got on your social calendar over the coming months. Ahead we’ve rounded up the functional, the cool, and the downright bold accessories and outfit ideas that work for the desert and beyond, designed to bring out the party person within.
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Patagonia Women’s Classic Retro-X® Fleece Vest
Because you can’t go wrong with a Patagonia fleece ever — especially on a suddenly-cooler evening after a day spent out in the sun. And without sleeves, this style in particular transitions easily from hot days into chillier nights.
Patagonia Women’s Classic Retro-X® Fleece Vest, $, available at Patagonia
Nroda The Riviera Bee Sunglasses
Available in an assortment of the kinds of colors you’d find in a Skittles bag, these statement sunnies handmade in New York City promise to turn heads, from the desert valleys of Los Angeles to the concrete streets of Manhattan.
Nroda Nroda Riviera Bee – Gemstone Edition, $, available at Nroda
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Sexy meets sporty in this fiery, ‘90s-inspired festival ‘fit — perfect for roaming the grounds and shuttling between shows at Coachella.
H&M Oversized Printed T-shirt, $, available at H&M
Hustle Sew Shop Stash Scrunchie
As if scrunchies weren’t already a fun accessory to jazz up any springtime ensemble, these ones on Etsy double as a secret pocket that easily fit cash, lip balm, a house key, headphones, even tampons (the small kind). Keep it around your wrist while you’re on a run, or while you’re running from one performance to another, and don’t hesitate to use it in your hair even when something is in the pocket.
HustleSewShop Stash Scrunchie, $, available at Etsy
Nomads Sunrise Pant
High waist, wide leg, flared fit: these are the fixings of the ultimate party pant. Pair a pair with a fab going-out blouse or a bodysuit, or double down on patterns with a matching top.
Nomads Swimwear Sunrise Pant, $, available at Nomads Swimwear
Stoney Clover Lane Classic Mini Backpack
While you can expect belt bags galore at concerts both big and small, for those who aren’t traveling light enough for a fanny pack alone, a mini backpack is the way to go. And if it’s one that comes in Pantone’s official purply-blue color of the year (officially dubbed Very Peri), you can count on wearing it over and over again throughout the months ahead.
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Stoney Clover Lane Classic Mini Backpack, $, available at Stoney Clover Lane
Bouguessa Andy Bralette
The cut-out trend is still very much in (thank you, TikTok), and this wrap top from the minimalist, contemporary brand Bouguessa takes it to the next level. It’s an off-the-shoulder hybrid piece that can be worn with baggy jeans and sparkly accessories alike.
Bouguessa Andy Bralette, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Free People Dancin’ In The Moonlight Hair Rings
Free People is the ultimate destination for all things festival dressing, right down to what to wear in your hair. Decorate your tresses with these moon and star-shaped hair rings that’ll add some unexpected sparkle to your party ‘do.
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Free People Dancin’ In The Moonlight Hair Rings, $, available at Free People
Fila Avenida Clear Fanny Pack
Perhaps the most in-demand of festival accessories, the ever-practical (and relentlessly stylish) fanny pack is the obvious bag choice for anyone on the go. It’s got room for the essentials (sunscreen, cash, keys, phone), all of which you can keep an eye on thanks to this particular translucent pick. Plus, Fila is one of the trendiest apparel brands around since its 2018 reboot, which means you’ll fit right in with the cool kids thanks to this nifty number.
Fila Avenida Clear Fanny Pack, $, available at Fila
Ten Wilde Teardrop Fringe Waist Chain
Thought festival jewelry was all about OTT earrings and layers upon layers of necklaces? We like to think that more is more when it comes to bodily adornments for these sorts of occasions (or, your average sunny Sunday), so our advice is to bring on the belly bling by LA-based gold jewelry line Ten Wilde.
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Ten Wilde Teardrop
Fringe Waist Chain, $, available at Ten Wilde
Lisa Says Gah Lucinda Set
For a low-lift, high-impact ensemble that’s the next best thing to rocking up somewhere in your PJs, look no further than this sweet-as-sherbet matching set. It’s a whole-in-one outfit that’s lightweight and soft, making it just what the style doctors ordered for outdoor concerts, errand-packed afternoons, pool parties and beyond.
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Lisa Says Gah Lucinda Set, Sherbet Stripe, $, available at Lisa Says Gah
Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Waterproof Slides
One of the most iconic sandal silhouettes of our time got a festival-friendly upgrade in the form of a sleek, rubber-like texture that won’t get ruined by wet grounds. And, according to scores of customer reviews, they’re super comfy to boot.
Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Waterproof Slide Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom
H&M Ribbed Unitard
Think the effortlessness of a jumpsuit combined with the spandex-y appeal of your favorite
bike shorts. Wearing a unitard is like stepping into a style-forward second skin designed to move while you move — on the dance floor, on the yoga mat, or wherever else your plans will take you this spring.
H&M Ribbed Unitard, $, available at H&M
Junk Food Clothing Blondie NYC Pullover
Be prepared for when the sun sets and temperatures drop with an extra layer that still looks cool tied around your waist or over your shoulders when it’s not in use. T
his super-soft French terry pullover is also very much on theme, as it pays homage to Blondie, the famed punk and new wave band from the ’70s.
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Junk Food Clothing Blondie NYC Raglan French Terry Crew Pullover, $, available at Junk Food Clothing
Les Girls Les Boys Diamond Mesh Bodysuit
Meet the mesh bodysuit: a sexy sibling of the unitard for those seeking a bolder, underwear-as-outerwear kind of a look. Layer it up or style it like a tank top over another bra — the elasticated and adjustable straps make it easy for this piece to fulfill your fashion fantasies.
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Les Girls Les Boys Diamond Mesh Bodysuit, $, available at Les Girls Les Boys
& Other Stories Daisy Charm Necklace
If you’ve worn one too many flower crowns in seasons past yet the urge to channel a bit of petal power is still there, try a necklace featuring daisy charms that you’ll keep on wearing for years to come.
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& Other Stories Daisy Charm Necklace, $, available at & Other Stories
Lâcher Prise Reverie Scarf
It’s a scarf! No, a belt! No, a top!
Actually, it’s all three. This exceptionally soft wrap from the woman-owned unisex brand Lâcher Prise might just be the ultimate sustainable staple of the festival season. It can be worn around your neck, your waist, as headwear or even as a shawl on cooler days.
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Reverie Reverie Scarf/Belt/Top, $, available at Lâcher Prise
UO Bex Crochet Crossbody Pouch
Keep your sunscreen close and your phone closer with this crochet crossbody pouch that’s as on-trend as it is handy, so your next phone call or content opp is a mere arm’s length away at all times.
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UO Bex Crochet Crossbody Pouch, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Torrid Tiered Chiffon Clip Robe
Spring’s answer to
the coatigan, this floaty, flirty, cardigan-esque top is light enough to keep you from overheating while layering — and leveling — up your look.
Torrid Tiered Chiffon Clip Robe, $, available at Torrid
Anthropologie Beaded Anklet Set
A favorite trend of the ‘90s that lasted well into the early aughts is the anklet, so it should be no surprise that this style is back and better than ever. After all, what’s not to love about a little extra
oomph your shoe game?
Anthropologie Beaded Anklet Set, $, available at Anthropolgie
P448 Thea Shade Sneaker
Speaking of shoes… a chunky sneaker with multi-colored satin laces sounds about right for keeping up with the festival crowd (and if you need more convincing, perhaps use of the phrase “dream-like effect” in the product description will do it). P448 has fashion-forward yet wearable sneakers that are easy to walk and dance around in.
P488 Thea Shade Sneaker, $, available at P448
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