Coachella Rewind: What You Missed at the Festival of the Year

Coachella, Coachella, Coachella. Seems like every year there’s an internal fashion competition on who can out-dress one another. We may not be there, but we sure can dress like we are. Each year there’s new trends that peak the attention of the crowd while remaining loyal to the roots and culture of the 60’s when festivals skyrocketed. This year, boundaries were broken and hypnotic styles stole the show. Here is what you (and us) have missed at Coachella:

1. Chainmail is Back

Chainmail was originally used during the ancient times for wars and armor to protect the body. Recently, it has become a trend on runways and through these recent years in the fashion world to bring this trend back in a stylish way. At Coachella, we recognized that many men and women wore chain-linked accessories or attire all over their body this year. This is the first time it’s been seen at Coachella, but not the first time it’s been seen since the Medieval Years. This look is sturdy, structured, and eclectic, to say the least. Above are some images from this year’s biggest festival of chainmail looks.

2. Fringe

We think the first outfit or trend that comes to mind when you speak the words of, “Coachella,” is fringe. Fringe has always been a necessity for music festivals. It brings back the roots of where festivals all started back in the 1960’s. It’s a super bohemian and thrill seeking look to wear for these occasions. Fringe has been around and will always remain because it never dies out. Fringe brings out a super California desert vibe to an outfit while maintaining its youthfulness. Fringe kimonos, bags, shirts, shorts, skirts, and shoes have been found at this years festival.

3. Psychedelic Color (tie dye and neon)

The 60’s is where the psychedelic and trippy era started. When Woodstock was a hit, it jumpstarted the festival movement with bright colors of neon and tie-dye. Lime green neon and tie-dye have been a comeback with the start of this year, but when Coachella approached we saw an array of vibrant neon colors and meshed tie-dye looks. It also wasn’t just in the accessories or apparel, men and women dyed their hair to a bolting color as well.

4. Western 

The desert reflects on dry and rustic tones, adobe built homes, and aesthetically pleasing cacti. This year we saw a lot of that replicated in the fashion that attended the festival. Flat top hats, denim biker vests, and cowboy boots was the majority of the ensemble that was showcased this year. A little bit of that Southern flare was replicated at Coachella and the results were enjoyable to say the least. You can find hints of Joshua Tree or Yucca Valley imprinted on some of the styles as inspiration.

5. 60’s Crochet 

Not only is crochet one of spring’s top trends, it’s a festival staple that never gets old. There has always been a crochet moment at Coachella, but this year there was a little 60’s spin on it. Meshed patterns of florals and kimonos exceeding the ankles were just one of the many ways this look has been forecasted.

Disclaimer: All image credit goes to Pinterest. Fashom does not own any of these images, we upload them for inspiration purposes only. Cover image is from @saragailvickers. 

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