Coachella sets the mood for the summer — and, more importantly, the summer festival circuit. It's where stylish young things first go to dance and dehydrate, like canaries in a coal mine: If these attendees survived the desert heat of Indio, California, without sacrificing their damn good fashion sense, odds are other festival-goers will follow suit. The following are some of the trends we can expect to see everywhere from Bonnaroo to Electric Daisy — or any of our other 40 must-see fests. By Phoebe Reilly
If there were ever an official festival uniform, the updated-hippie look these ladies are rocking would definitely be it. Cutoffs? Check. Those magical-sprite bandanas that will not quit? Check. Bikini tops? Always. And tie-dye everything, of course. Props to the blonde on the left for going in a slightly different direction with some suspender/harness action. She's as close as Coachella comes to business casual.
Fabrics don't get more breathable than crocheted-knit, although puzzling tan lines may result. Native American-inspired headgear has for years been appropriated by festival-goers, although the braided extension is a less-common twist. In any case, the monochromatic getup suggests this guy was ready to be one with the desert.
Allegiance for a drug of choice (or at least this drug of choice) is pretty de rigueur, but the crossover bag for storing those festival essentials — that's just smart thinking.
A new study says we've hit "peak beard," and that unless men start shaving, nobody's going to procreate. See if this guy cares.
Flower crowns and fringed shawls, because Stevie Nicks never goes out of style.
The stick-up steez is mostly sandstorm-proofing, but that probably won't stop hipsters from trying it out in, like, Chicago for Lollapalooza.
America, fuck yeah. This is a country that will provide you with a chill-out tent for when you get way too high listening to Shlomo. Show some respect.
Festival temperatures are the next best excuse after Halloween when it comes to taking the boudoir vibes outside.
This is not his first festival. He's got the hat to block the sun, a bandana to catch the sweat, shades, and a roomy dose of brand loyalty. (You never know when you might be a candidate for some free goodies.)
Capes! You know what? They're removable. Need a blanket to sit on? Use your cape. Getting chilly after the sunset? Use your cape. Want to feel like you can fly? Do NOT use your cape.