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The question of what to wear to Coachella hits differently when you’re a 30-something-year-old. Somehow, the music festival has become synonymous with flower crown-wearing, glittery eyeshadow-loving tweens. But Coachella isn’t just for the kiddos. In fact, it’s those concert-goers with at least three decades under their belt who are really defining things. Remember when a then 36-year-old Beyoncé gloriously forced us to rename the concert #Beychella in custom Balmain? Even Paris Hilton is often spotted in the desert staying true to her glamorous style, wearing four-inch stilettos.
Both ladies are proof that there’s no need to deviate from your go-to ensembles. Instead of trying to adapt and wear predictable Coachella outfits, approach festival dressing with ease by honing in on the essence of your signature casual style. Last year, I made my way through the Palms Springs sands in a maxi skirt and asymmetric top. It’s a go-to look that I might also wear to a weekend brunch or summertime party with friends; in short, my Coachella dressing philosophy is not to wear anything you wouldn’t normally wear.
By the age of 30, you know exactly what you like and what makes you feel great. If you’re a minimalist at heart, a pair of crisp cargo pants (The Frankie Shop makes a few exquisite pairs) and a classic tank top are all you need to get into the festival spirit. Or, if you gravitate toward sophisticated bohemian touches, add a knit Alix Pinho frock to your suitcase and pair it with Marni’s fisherman sandals for a look that’s both comfortably chic.
If you’re in need of more ideas on what to wear to Coachella, you’ll find those and more outfits to inspire you this year.
The Knit Fit
You can never go wrong with a one-and-done dress, especially if it’s from Alix Pinho’s joyous collection. Balance the vibrant frock by pairing it with classic accessories. This Madewell handbag earns bonus points for its hands-free crossbody strap, perfect during long days in the desert.
The Elevated Bohemian
Polished separates will ensure you look your best throughout the day. This is your moment to have fun with your look and graphic prints—like the one on Bouguessa’s skirt—make it easy to do.
The Sleek Sportswear
There aren’t too many things as comfortable as the sneakers and baggy trouser-combo, especially if you’re wearing the beloved Adidas Sambas and the cargo pocket-adorned pair here. Take the outfit to new heights with Loewe’s viral tank top and Paco Rabanne’s shimmering crossbody.
The Reveal and Conceal
Show off a bit of skin in a see-through top by Acne Studios. A pair of shorts with a modest hemline will balance out the sultry number.
The Best of Y2K
Eliminate the guesswork and slip on a matching set. We’re particularly in love with the early 2000s-inspired denim maxi skirt and puff sleeve topper by Ganni. It looks exceptionally chic with suede boots and a bag with a pop of color.
The Chic Camper
Prepare for long hours in the sun with Jacquemus’s bucket hat. The cap makes for the perfect partner with a simple T-shirt, miniskirt, and chunky boots.
The Polished Separates
For those that appreciate classics with a twist, grab Dries Van Noten’s reworked ribbed shirt, Toteme’s barrel-leg jeans, Victoria Beckham’s updated aviators, and Loeffler Randall’s woven flats. All of these elegant pieces feature modern details that make the timeless items feel very much of the moment.
The Grunge Glam
Yes, sports jerseys pair well with shorts, but they look even better with an equally playful skirt—like Charo Ruiz’s textured number.