Coachella 2019: Here’s how to avoid style cliches synonymous with the music fest
Itsy-bitsy denim cut-offs, stacks of statement necklaces, crochet crop tops, henna tattoos and braided twin-buns have been the biggest done-to-death Coachella essentials over the years. Taking quite a departure from the denim hot pants and the culturally-insensitive bindis this season, the ‘it’ girl gang comprising Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski embraced a rather pared-down approach to styling their looks this season.
While Gigi rocked the tie-dye trend with elan, Kylie was a vision in a Canadian tuxedo. Boho hipster may be the overall vibe, but there’s no point looking like clones of each other. “The Coachella boho hipster is stuck in a rut right now. The landscape is neither art nor glamour, but a mixed bag. There’s no one direction. I’d say - ditch the dream catchers and flower head bands. In fact, give it an athleisure spin by mixing it up with on-trend active wear. Comfort is key,” says stylist Mohit Rai.
Often fest goers are caught in the eye of storm over their thoughtless cultural appropriation. While it’s great to soak in the Insta imagery inundating our feeds, it’s rather plausible to inculcate a look, which is grown-up, original, well thought-out and of-the-moment. “Bindis and henna tattoos are a big no for me,” quips stylist Edward Lalrempuia, who is all for a summery, laid-back ensemble, which still works for a concert. “Instead of denim cut-offs, stick to an interesting printed skirt. This season, I’m all for an Alexander McQueen riveted leather jacket and reflector sunnies,” says Edward.
A minimalistic approach to styling would make it chic and comfortable at the same time. Stylist Allia Al Rufai roots for a ‘less is more’ philosophy. “Have fun with colours yet play minimalism in a cool way. Just add one cool standout accessory for a cool finish,” says Allia.
Designer Surily Goel, who had dressed two festival goers last year in her signature crochet waistcoats with silver accents roots for shells, tassels and statement fringes. “More than the clothing, it’s how you style together the whole look is key. I’d go for big neck-pieces with turquoise and coral beads and opt for for feathers instead of flowers. Maybe a Red Indian-inspired tribal looks or something inspired by Rajasthan like Bandhini. In terms of bags, I’d recommend Vipul Shah’s artisanal finds. Besides, the bum-bags and pouches from Sabyasachi and Gucci work well too. In terms of footwear, I’d suggest flats or wedges or trainers,” says Surily.
Most importantly, create individualistic looks which reflect your modern-day gypsy avatar. It’s no longer about just mixing up things, but rethinking the stylistic appeal of the look with the right touch of drama and summer bohemia.
Coachella style swap guide:
Ditch the denim cut-offs and invest in a cool skirt.
Add a touch of desi bohemia with a bandhini piece.
Let one statement accessory shout.
Steer clear of floral heads and opt for a feathered piece.
Shake things up by mixing it with active wear.