For the music lovers of the world April is known for one thing — and no it’s not April showers — we’re talking about Coachella, the ever growing music festival in Indio, California that boasts more diversity in its lineup than most other festivals. Every Coachella lineup usually includes at least one act from every musical genre — well, except for country, you don’t really see a lot of country.
But, for all the diversity in the music, most Coachella festival goers end up looking roughly the same every year. There is definitely a “signature” look amongst attendees. Generally if you spot denim hot pants, boots, and a floral bandeau top paired with a blossoming flower headband (or flower anything really), you know you’re right smack in the middle Coachella. Coachella is all about bringing out the inner hippie in all of us –also, it’s usually hot as balls — so many of us like to show off our softer side while wearing as little clothes as possible.
There’s nothing wrong with going flower power for a weekend (or two, if you’re hardcore enough to attend both weekends), but with all the different kinds of music available for us to explore, isn’t it more fun to match your outfit to your musical mood? We certainly thought so and because we want to help you stand out from the crowd we matched some of our favorite celebrity looks from recent Coachella’s to the music genre they fit best.
These looks will help inspire you as you get ready for you weekend in the desert. And, to help make the process more fun, we created playlists to help keep you in the mood while you’re getting ready.
1. Hip hop/R&B – Amandla Stenberg
Our favorite hip hop looks are equal parts comfort, statement and nostalgia. Amandla Stenberg hit all these notes at the Calvin Klein party during weekend 1 of Coachella 2016. Her look was reminiscent of TLC’s signature look from the 90s, but she updated the crop top and baggy jeans look with wide-legged linen pants. If you’re going to Coachella for the hip hop chances are you want to dance and also listen to some sick lyrics. Listen to some Ice Cube to help you perfect the old school look and then throw in some DJ Mustard so you can see if your outfit passes the dancing test.
2. Electronic – Ellie Goulding
Usually when electronic music and festivals come together, less is more in terms of clothing. But why not make your outfit a bit more sporty while jumping around to whichever DJ set you want to catch? Ellie Goulding did just the right amount of attention grabbing and comfort by mixing up her silver shorts with white sneakers, which we think “Kanye” would appreciate. Now comfortably wait for that bass to drop at Calvin Harris or Jack U’s sets
3. Pop – Kate Bosworth
Even though many people love to hate on pop music, there’s a reason its POPular- it’s easy to listen to, catchy, and fun. So shamelessly rock out to some Ellie Goulding, or go get “high on legal marijuana” with Halsey. As for what to wear, just turn to effortlessly chic Kate Bosworth- a simple white dress with an embroidered jacket will go a long way. It’s cute, it’s comfy and just a tad bit sleeker than the typical Coachella look.
4. Indie – Emma Roberts
Indie, short for independent, comes in many shapes and forms in the music and fashion world. To us indie is all about being different from whatever’s most popular. So ditch the flower crowns, the crazy patterns, and the big statement jewelry. Instead, chill out while discovering Beach House and BØRNS, and keep it simple and chic with a denim dress, like Emma Roberts at last weekend’s festivities.
5. Rock – Kendall Jenner
Rock style is easy to identify- lots of leather, back, studs, tights, and chunky boots. But why not take inspiration from rock women of the 70’s? Kendall Jenner did just that at the music festival in 2015 with an off the shoulder crop top and a maxi skirt with high slits. While you’re getting ready tune into the rock classics of Gun ‘N Roses, or discover bands like Moon Taxi and The Kills, each song is sure to inspire a different kind of look.