Whether you’re heading out to Indio, California, for Coachella – or you’re just excited to take in all the music and festival fashion from the comfort of your home – ET has your complete style guide of what to look for at the desert this year.
From “glitter roots” to ‘90’s-inspired getups, industry experts weighed in on all things fashion, makeup and hair. And if you’re wondering if the flower-crown trend is out -- we got that answered for you, too.
TRENDS TO LOOK FOR: Mixing streetwear with feminine styles. Think '90s-inspired ensembles with a splash of sheer and athleticism.
KEY ITEMS: Body jewelry, bodysuits, bralettes and athletic-inspired pieces.
Brittany Nichols, Chief Merchandising Officer of LuLus, tells ET that this year it’s all about sheer dresses and destroyed T-shirts.
“Showing off your bralette/bikini under a cut-up vintage band tee or sheer dress is a great way to celebrate girl power,” she explains, adding, “Gypsy-like kimono robes with a boudoir twist fall in line with the ‘pajama trend’ this year and offer that boho vibe that Coachella is known for.”
Alle Fister, Founder of Bollare, a full service beauty, fashion and lifestyle firm, predicts much of the same. Her biggest trends to look out for include track pants, trainers (comfortable and stylish), mesh and lace.
She says to expect some of these major trends on known Coachella queens like Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez.
“These girls are all so forward with their style," Fister notes. "I see a mixture of off-the-shoulder tops paired with athletic bottoms (track pants) and styled with bold accessories – oversized and vintage sunglasses, metallic boots, a baseball cap and inner-wear peeking through their outerwear.”
Her biggest tip if you’re venturing to the festival? “Embrace swimwear as a body suit or layering piece!” she says.
Jordana Fortaleza, CEO and Creative Director for J.D. Luxe, a traveling mobile-store that specializes in festival-wear says crocheted bodysuits or two pieces and sheer tops will be all the rage – but so will decorative bandanna scarfs.
“The '90s aesthetic is big this year too and I think you'll see a lot of that inspiration at Coachella,” Fortaleza explains, predicting, “Staples would include vintage band tees, high rise denim shorts, and sneakers!”
And if you’re wondering if you should pack that flower crown, our experts agree that trend is out, sort of.
“The flower crown is out, but we still love flowers in our hair. This year, we think they will be more incorporated into the braid trend or seen on body art…strategically placed flowers, if you will,” Nichols says.
Our experts also agree that hats are a great way to shade your face and look chic and say two-piece sets are still in style, too.
On a budget? Nichols says the most affordable way to add that extra Coachella flair to any outfit is all in the shiny details.
“Buy that body chain and let it shine,” she says.
VERDICT: You really can’t go wrong with a simple white tank, lacy bralette or cool bikini top, destroyed cut offs, a chic bandanna (also perfect for protecting yourself from sand and dust storms), strappy sandals or funky trainers and some body jewelry.
TRENDS TO LOOK FOR: Vibrant colors and glitter galore – aim to stand out in the desert and try trends you normally wouldn’t.
KEY ITEMS: Vibrant and tinted mascara, glittery lips, a setting spray and primer.
Step outside the box and be daring with your makeup this year!
Sephora PRO Jeffrey English tells ET bold eye looks are going to be a huge hit this year.
“This year, we expect to have beauty at the forefront of festival style with a lot more color and creativity,” he explains.
“Coachella is a playground for women to explore, play and express themselves… With the use of colored mascara and bright eyeliner, we can expect to see bold eye looks all season long,” he adds, noting that this adventurous trend adds dimension to the eyes in a fun and colorful way.
MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist Caroline Hernandez echoes this sentiment.
“I think brightly colored eyes will be a big hit as this trend will be directly influenced from what we've seen on the runways lately – lots of bright blue/turquoise, bright green, bright pink and bright red. This may even be taken to the max and lips may be matching in color," she shares.
Hernandez also says not to shy away from metallic and glittery lips!
“There’s always an element of glitter somewhere. This year, I think we will definitely be seeing [it] again, and it will be on the lips,” she reveals.
“I think metallic lips are still going to be making a hit this year too," Hernandez point out. "This is a fun look which is easy to do and, perhaps more importantly, easy to upkeep at a festival.”
Jerrod Blandino, Co-founder and Creative Director of Too Faced Cosmetics, agrees, predicting we’ll see “super strobing skin, metallic and glitter everywhere.”
But with so many funky looks to experiment with, making sure the makeup doesn’t smudge in that hot desert sun is key.
“The best way to prevent this from happening during festival season is a makeup setting spray or setting powder,” Blandino says. “After you’ve completed your look, just apply the translucent setting powder or setting spray to lock in makeup for all day, sweat-proof wear.”
As for some of our favorite festival-going celebs? Hernandez says makeup artists who work with starlets like Kylie Jenner and Katy Perry generally keep it simple but tend to add one “statement.”
“I think this will be the same for them all again this year with the addition of some glitter, perhaps under the eyes, or on the lips, metallic lips or lids or super bright pops of color.”
Blandino tells ET he expects this on these famous ladies, too.
“I envision lots of metallic, glitter and super luminous skin balanced with lots of lash and pops of color on the lips," he says.
Whatever you opt to do makeup-wise, all our experts also agree that it’s important to prime and stay hydrated – a facial mist is a great item to pack and keep with you throughout your Coachella escapades!
VERDICT: If you’re feeling courageous, add some bright-colored mascara to your lashes – the turquoise will likely pop! Also try experimenting with glitter under your eyes or on your lips. Don’t hold back!
HAIR AND NAILS
TRENDS TO LOOK FOR: Long waves and braids for days!
KEY ITEMS: Hair glitter and hair bling!
It’s all about braids and mermaid locks this year.
Anthony Holguin, a stylist at 901 Salon in West Hollywood, says long boho hair is so in, and tells ET we should look at Vanessa Hudgens, one of many of the salon’s many famous clients (and a Coachella queen) as a prime example.
“Skip the cutting, adding extensions is the new cut,” he exclaims. “We've seen everyone rocking this long lock look like Vanessa and I think it's a Coachella must this year!”
Holguin also predicts the ‘dos around the desert will be more innovative and edgy than we’ve seen in the past.
“Try using some wire in braids,” he suggests, also noting that a crystal hair crown or an amethyst head piece could be a fun way to make your look more creative.
Alli Webb, Founder of Drybar, also predicts that braids – in any form – will be a festival hit.
“They're easy, great on dirty hair and there's a braid for everyone,” she explains to ET, remarking that hair accessories will also be a key staple.
“I think you will see more hair glitter, especially at the part,” she notes, adding that “cool barrettes and [hair] accessories are having a moment.”
If you’re looking for any tricks or tips to keep your hair looking great in that desert heat, Webb recommends a detox conditioner and a shine spray to keep those locks hydrated while Holguin says using a dry texturing spray is also a crafty trick – and doubles as a dry shampoo.
And if you’re trying to decide on a Coachella-appropriate manicure, Essie Celebrity Manicurist Michelle Saunders says nail art is still in and that highly pigmented pastels are a major spring trend.
“The vibrancy mimics the current ﬂorals we are seeing in social media content,” she notes.
But if you’re hoping for a more neutral look, that works too!
“Chrome, metallic, and sheen is as popular on nails as it is in jewelry,” she shares. “It’s an exciting choice when you are feeling more natural.”
If you’re on the hunt for some tips to keep your nails look fresh, Saunders suggests gel polish – as it won’t chip like regular polish. But, if you aren’t a fan of gel, she says to bring your polish with you to patch up any nicks!
VERDICT: You’ll look super stylish with any type of braided ‘do – and try the glitter root trend if you really want to stand out or do something unique this year. When choosing a nail polish, the brighter and bolder, the better – and opt for gel!