Style guide: Coachella 2018

Festival fashion


By Joan Kong

Style guide: Coachella 2018

Coachella is back again for another year, and if you’re still deciding on your festival outfit, fret not, our last minute shopping guide is here to help you out. The first step to give your festival wardrobe that trendy refresh? Ditch the flower crowns and kimono outerwear; instead, incorporate these nine big trends from SS18 into your look—we’ve got you covered from head to toe. Belting out to Beyoncé, The Weeknd and Eminem has never looked this good.

Straw hats:

Take cover from the sun at the desert with these lightweight straw hats that add that vacation-ready vibe. We love the easy-to-care-for material that makes packing a breeze. To start, go for a classic fedora or Panama hat from Maison Michel and Rag & Bone, but if making a statement is your aim, Miu Miu‘s embroidered piece, or our favourite—the oversized straw hat from Jacquemus—will do the trick. 

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Tiny sunglasses:

Although the eyewear might not be the most practical when it comes to shading your peepers from UV rays, the resurgence of the itty-bitty trend is definitely not one to ignore. A black pair like Off-White‘s and Le Specs‘ is a safe way to try them out, but we’re in favour of the bright and bold cat-eye shapes from Céline and Illesteva that add that bit of drama to your overall look. 

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OTT earrings:

Arguably the easiest way to make a statement, these jewellery are definitely our favourite way to accessorise. Add some shine to your ensemble with metal pieces from JW Anderson or Dries Van Noten, or adorn your lobes with the ones from Oscar de la Renta or Dolce & Gabbana for more head-turning factor—you don’t need pierced ears to sport the latter! 

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Sheer allure:

There’s no better time to flaunt some skin than at a festival, and the best part? It’s also one of SS18’s hottest (no pun intended) trends. The see-through blouse from Saint Laurent lets you play with different lingerie underneath (our pick: the lace bralet from Fleur of England), but if you’re not in the mood for mix-and-matching, the Self-Portrait dress will look good with a pair of cowboy boots. Anna Sui‘s long tulle outerwear lends that sway-with-every-move silhouette.

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Dark denim:

When it comes to denim, dark washes definitely took a backseat compared to the more statement-making trends, such as dramatic flares and embellished pieces, but this season, prepare to sport dark indigo denim a little more. The Alexa Chung, Balmain and Saint Laurent separates make up your trusty festival wardrobe, while Fendi‘s pearl logo jacket lets you nail three trends at one go.

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Plastic fantastic:

It may be hot in the Indio Valley, but there’s no stopping us when it comes to looking our best for the see-and-be-seen festival. If you’re feeling skeptical about the material, rock them in small doses in the form of a Marni clutch or Valentino slides. Alternatively, get a Burberry trench coat (that doubles up as a raincoat), or layer a sexy bralet under a sheer Balenciaga shirt for that juxtaposition.

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Lavender hues:

It’s time to give millennial pink a break and ease into the Pantone of the year with a pastel tone (that also happens to be SS18’s It-colour) to start. A beautiful colour on almost any piece, such as the dresses from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Coach, you can also don a pair of jeans (from Tibi) that’ll look good with a cropped top. Finish off with earrings from Peter Pilotto for a monochrome look.

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Fanny packs:

Call them fanny packs or belt bags, prepared to spot an abundance of these carriers during Coachella—not that we’re complaining. As trendy they are convenient, these bags let you enjoy a fuss-free weekend at the festivities. But instead of a plain piece, go for eye-catching options by incorporating suede or velvet material into the mix (à la Gucci and Miu Miu), or take it one step further with charms (Balenciaga) and fringes (Alexander Wang).

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Ugly sneakers

Say goodbye to your boots and gladiator—the clunky sneakers are our choice of footwear this year for a stylish and comfortable finish. Opt for darker soles like the Stella McCartney leopard trainers or the fan-favourite Balenciaga Triple S to avoid staining your shoes in the mud, but for fail-proof pairings, the black-and-white Acne Studios and Vetements pairs are a great pick.

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