Coachella marks the official start of festival season – albeit at a time of year when few outside balmy Southern California would risk a night in a tent. Still, the two-weekend desert bash at least gives us non-Golden Staters a chance to brush up on our festival style inspiration before our own summer schedules kick off in earnest. Here's our pick of Coachella 2016's coolest clobber so far.
Coachella 2016 Street Style
By Matt Glazebrook, 22 April 2016
We've all been there, Brooklyn. You turn up at your first festival, fresh-faced and dressed like a reasonably strong semblance of yourself. A few hours later you're wandering around the healing fields with your hair in braids and shirt undone, a lost tent and a mysteriously-acquired bongo drum. Yet it all started so well for Becks junior, as he strode around the Coachella site on day one in a hippie-chic Grateful Dead T-shirt, white Cons and his hair in a sensible topknot. Let's remember those good times.
Festi-vet Aaron Paul shows us how it’s done. Simple all-black basics that'll withstand even four-days-in-a-field's worth of mystery stains. Black bandana/neckerchief for a dash of cowboy cool (and protection from the desert dust). And a carefully annotated schedule to make he doesn't let letting his hair down get in the way of seeing all the best bands (remember kids, organised fun is still fun).
Talking of bandanas, here's Abel Tesfaye casually rocking one while he and Bella Hadid make the most out of the week(e)nd in their quadruple-denim couple-coordination. JT and Britney comparisons aside, Abella's 80s-flavoured none-more-jeans steez is actually a solid Coachella choice. The mid-wash denim is fresh and summery feeling, while tough enough to withstand a roll around on the grass and a stroll in the cool desert night air. Those matching all-white trainers are going to get wrecked though.
Saint Laurent's new sunset print is basically made for festival peacocking (assuming you're willing to drop the equivalent of two Glastonbury tickets on a T-shirt) so it was no surprise to see celebdom's stylish set rocking the palm trees in force at Coachella. P-Schwarz kept it simple, complementing his statement top with black shorts and white sneaks. We'd probably swerve the red socks, but hey, who are we to argue with a man willing to brave the mosh pit in a £500 tee?
Jared Leto is a man who'll dress like he's three days deep at Burning Man to nip out to shops for a pint of milk, so you'd expect some serious festival vibes when he's actually at a festival. In fact, if anything, Jared tones his look down when he's at Coachella – or maybe it just all makes more sense surrounded by stilt-walkers, face-painting stalls and falafel vans. Either way, this combo of party-ready prints, hard-worn skinny jeans, chunky black trainers and a practical bum bag is pretty much pro-level festi-dressing. Thumbs up from us, too.
In all seriousness, outdoor music bashes are a sartorial minefield (not an actual minefield – unless the organisers have really gone rogue). You'll need outfits that protect you from the elements, let you bask in any mid-afternoon sunshine, show off your cool-kid credentials, allow you to release your inner festival free spirit, and keep you looking fly when you've not showered (or slept much) all weekend. Or you can be like Travis Scott and construct an outfit – camo rain jacket; summery shorts; limited-edition Supreme Morrissey tee; out-there espadrilles; multitude-of-sins-hiding pulled-down baseball cap – that somehow does all five at once.