THE COACHELLA CHECKLIST ☆ YOUR LAST MINUTE CLOTHING GUIDE.

THE COACHELLA CHECKLIST ☆ YOUR LAST MINUTE CLOTHING GUIDE.

Who, me? Talk about Coachella? Never… And if by never, you mean it may or may not be every other topic I want to discuss within the months leading up to the April festivities, then yeah, that’s totally me. With two weekends of the music industry’s best lineup, the infamous spicy pie, and some of fashion’s biggest influencers gather beneath the same setting sun, Coachella isn’t just any typical festival – it’s quickly become THE festival. I mean, did you really even go if you didn’t post your day two outfit to the ‘gram? 

Long gone are the days of adorning yourself with your favorite crown of flowers, modeling your looks after #CoachellaKween Vanessa Hudgens’ past outfits, and the overall push to be the poster child for the bohéme – which, don’t get me wrong, is totally still a popular Coachella staple (and, truly, I can’t say anything because most of my friends know my style to be a bohemian dream), but this year we’re trying to go for a more subdued bohemian look. Wear that floral printed maxi dress, but opt for a pair of studded biker boots or those Dr. Martens that have been sitting in the back of your closet for way too long. Hell, pull out those chunky sneakers and a pair of Nike socks to turn your desert runway into the perfect opportunity to sport one of your favorite street style trends.

Fashion is all about taking those risks and going for it – nothing, and I mean NOTHING, would have the power to be a trend if some brave person out there didn’t take the risk of walking past their doorstep. So, don’t be sacred of breaking the rules and creating your own, because that’s what makes all of this fun.

Alright, ladies, let’s grab your favorite booties, chuck that five dollar flower crown from Claire’s (RIP tho) in the trash, and grab your suitcase because it’s time to begin your COACHELLA CHECKLIST.

Below, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Pinterest pins that have given me major Coachella inspiration the last few weeks and will be helping you recreate those looks, throwing in a few of my own suggestions to help inspire you.

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The Spell & The Gypsy’s very own Mel Carrero snapped this pic of some ladies down under at the recent Falls Festival in Byron Bay, Australia and I’ve become absolutely obsessed with the two looks on the right. Partly because the City Lights pants have been my obsession since they launched, but also I’m a total sucker for pleated pants… especially when they’re metallic gold. These two looks are perfect for Coachella, with one playing more into the 70s vibe, while the other channels the 90s with its chunky black boots, statement belt, and black bralette. 
While the 70s seem to dominate when Coachella comes to mind, don’t be afraid to mix and match with different pieces from other decades. The 90s will be a big target for this festival season, so make sure you have a crop top, spare pair of chunky boots, and matrix-inspired sunglasses to throw on to complete any outfit.

I’m also a huge fan of the fisherman style caps. My black one from Brixton adds the perfect touch to the most basic of outfits. These have been on the radar for awhile, but I’m guessing they will continue to grow with wear at Coachella

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a statement belt is a must-have on your coachella checklist.

Don’t be afraid of keeping it simple, either. I truly believe that everyone should own a pair of light-wash denim shorts (or mom jeans, or boyfriend jeans, skinny… basically, just please invest in a pair of light denim, I beg of you) and a crisp white t-shirt or button down. While for the festival, I’d opt for the high-waisted short version, the nights do get chilly in the desert and a pair of longer pants wouldn’t hurt to have on hand.

My favorite are a pair from Goodwill, but Urban Outfitters and Missguided always have good options. Grab an old white t-shirt or button down and knot it in the front. Finish it all off with a statement belt. As usual, logo belts are highly popular right now, but get creative.

 Including pieces such as a simple white t-shirt and denim leads to endless possibilities.
 They can be used and incorporated into several other outfits. These simple pieces could be packed alongside a pair of wide-legged trousers, a slip dress, a denim jacket, and accessories to create a versatile collection.
If I had to pick my absolute FAVORITE look, this would without a doubt be it. I’m a sequin girl, a glitter queen, and I’m truly passionate about anything and everything that sparkles, especially this skirt. I’ve tried to include more price friendly options that would offer the same vibe. Tuck in your favorite vintage t-shirt, slip on your tennis shoes, and you’re festival ready. Also, throw on a pair of earrings, because why not?

Also, can we talk about how nice it is that sneakers are becoming such a popular trend again? You can bring the cutest pair of boots, but I promise you, your feet will thank you for bringing these.

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Finally, my last photo of inspiration includes one of my favorite fashion rules to break: WHITE, WHITE, WHITE. I don’t care what you say, I’m a strong believer in winter white, spring white, summer white, and fall white. Forget Labor Day and purchase white statement pieces that will always, always make you look somewhat put together. I’m obsessed with the plunging neckline on this maxi dress and the ruffles along the sides and along the bottom. It’s the perfect option that can be paired with heels, but also with those chunky boots you packed, too. A little chilly at night? Pop on that denim or leather jacket you brought along. Throw on a statement belt or, if you’re brave enough, a statement fanny pack and hit the road. How goals is this one from Gucci?

While Coachella fashion may seem intimidating, it shouldn’t be something you fear when attending this year’s events. Do you want to go all out? Go for it. Would you rather stay simple with basics that will never go out of style? Totally.

Are you going to a weekend this year? If so, let me know what you plan on wearing and which artist you’re most looking forward to seeing! Also, check out a few of my other favorite Coachella picks below! ttyl,

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15 Comments

  1. April 6, 2018 / 1:10 am

    I was almost headed to Coachella this year because it happens on the weekend of my birthday. I would have absolutely taken notes from this post for it. I’m still taking notes for other events, so no harm done. 🙂

    • annemerrilll
      April 6, 2018 / 1:11 am

      oh my goodness, it’s on the weekend of my birthday, too!! #twinsies

  2. April 6, 2018 / 2:38 am

    WOW! Love all of your choices, especially that fringed chap belt from Free People. I’m not going to Coachella, but am inspired to get my inner bohemian goddess on with all of the eye candy clothing picks you included. Pinning this for later and following you on Pinterest. Sent you an invite to my Best Of Bohemian Fashion Group Board. Please say you’ll join – Thanks for a great post read!

    • annemerrilll
      April 10, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Isn’t that belt AMAZING? I’ve been dreaming about it for months now but just have to get up the courage (or maybe the money??) to purchase!

  3. April 6, 2018 / 3:30 am

    These are great outfit choices for Coachella. Love the different type of styles. Thanks for sharing.

    • annemerrilll
      April 10, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Me too! It’s like a mini fashion week to me!

  4. April 6, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Loving the Coachella outfits! I would love to attend but I’m all the way in the UK. Hopefully one day!

  5. April 6, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    I love your outfits! These look perfect for Coachella. I’ve never been but it looks like a TON of fun!!!

  6. mary yowell
    April 7, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I have always wanted to go! It looks and sound like so much fun!

  7. April 7, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Coachella has a really nice collection! I’m in love now. I’m scared to check what else they offer because I’m sure I’ll buy something haha.

  8. April 8, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    These outfits look great. This is a great checklist for Coachella. Thanks for sharing.

  9. hal
    April 9, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    Coachella has loooooong been on my bucket list! I’m dying to go – love seeing everyone’s style there on instagram & love your outfit selections!

    • annemerrilll
      April 10, 2018 / 3:54 pm

      it’s just so dreamy! I love creeping on Instagram for days after to see all the styles.

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