11 Coachella Festival Essentials Every Girl Needs

It's here! It's here! Festival season is FINALLY here! And to kick things off, Coachella starts next weekend! 



I've been counting down to Coachella for what seems like eternity. Everyday I daydream about the amazing acts (I'm most stoked to see Zhu), wild pool parties, and sunny weather. But that's not all I'm excited about. I can't wait to rock my boho-chic outfits and admire everyone's unique Coachella style. 

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From scouring thrift shops to shopping online, I've had a blast putting my Coachella looks together. And now, I want to help you do the same. Here are 11 fashion essentials every girl needs for Coachella.  

1) The Hippy Headpiece

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Your festival attire isn't complete without a hippy-inspired headpiece. Whether you sport a vibrant flower crown or sleek head chain, headpieces add the perfect finishing touch to any Coachella look.

2) The Crochet Crop Top

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Nothing screams summertime fun like a crotchet crop top. These babies pair well with just about anything -- from denim shorts to maxi skirts. Alexandra, my New Zealand based friend behind leavemeinthesun, makes the most gorgeous crotchet tops around. She handmade mine with cotton, care, and love and I can't wait to show it off in Indio, California.

3) The Maxi Dress

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Channel your inner hippie with a breezy maxi dress. Floral prints and colourful patterns are all the rage right now and are sure to catch the eye of admirers. Throw one on and you'll ooze that free spirit vibe in no time.

4) The Bold Sunglasses


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Make a statement while protecting your eyes with fashionable sunnies. From heart-shaped frames to funky cat eyes, the options are endless when it comes to festival sunglasses. Get out of your comfort zone and opt for a pair that's bright and dramatic.

5) The Floppy Hat

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It's going to be blazing hot at Coachella. Stay cool and shaded with a floppy hat. Classic and romantic, floppy hats make it easy to hide sweaty hair and for friends to spot you in a sea of festivalgoers. Not a fan of the oversized brim? Slip on a swanky fedora instead.

6) The Fringe Bag

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When I think Coachella, fringe instantly comes to mind. Add a splash of 70s style and enjoy valuable storage space for your wallet, cell phone, and lipstick with a fringe purse.

7) The High-Waisted Denim Shorts

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Beat the heat with high-waisted jean shorts. They keep you cool, cozy, and are extremely versatile. Whether you match them with a dainty halter or flowy top, high-waisted jean shorts go with virtually everything.

8) The Statement Necklace

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Take your look to the next level with a statement necklace. Glitzy and bold, a statement necklace helps pull your ensemble together and ensures you stand out from the crowd.

9) The Suede Ankle Boots

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Suede ankle boots are made for walking. And that's just what you'll do at Coachella. With so much trekking to be done on festival grounds, it's important to find a comfortable, airy pair so you can dance the night away.

10) The Boho Romper

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Have fun while looking your best in a romper.  Playful and flirty, rompers are must-have pieces when it comes to festival fashion. They're made with light and breathable materials, making them perfect for hot summer days. Jazz yours up with a daring hat and boho-inspired jewelry.

11) The Standout Fanny Pack or Backpack

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It's a drag to hold water bottles, snacks, and sweaters. Keep your hands free for fist pumping with a fanny pack or backpack. Find one with a loud, intricate print to add flair to your outfit. I currently have an obsession with all things pineapple and just purchased this rad JanSport fanny pack.



What other items do you consider festival essentials? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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