As far as music festivals go, there’s nothing else quite like Coachella.
Boasting lineups that warrant selling all of your earthly possessions to fund the cost of tickets, airfares and accommodation, this celebration of music attracts the world’s hottest artists and their many devoted fans to the Colorado Desert each and every year.
From Beyonce to Lady Gaga, any musician worth their salt considers headlining Coachella to be a career pinnacle. And with over 250,000 people in attendance annually, and in excess of 20 million fans tuning in to watch the fun unfold online, it’s no wonder why.
But Coachella isn’t just about great tunes… the stomping ground of fashion darlings such as Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, this music festival is also synonymous with style.
Whether you’re lucky enough to be attending Coachella 2019 IRL or want to recreate ‘Chella vibes here in Perth, Forrest Chase is Perth’s ultimate destination for looks worthy of an Access All Areas pass.
Fashion Essentials For Her
Like Woodstock but with far fewer Combi vans, Coachella is cool but effortlessly so. In keeping with the festival’s laid-back vibes, the dress code is casual yet chic, which means anything too fussy or fiddly is off the cards. We recommend saving your sparkly nightclub attire for one of the many after parties.
Opt for natural fabrics to help you to keep your cool while out and about in the scorching desert air, like we Are Kindred’s 100% cotton, cornflower blue floral print frock. Seventies inspired, but without going overboard, this mini dress is cute, cool and very Coachella.
We also love Mossman’s Makes Me Wonder off the shoulder crop top, which pairs perfectly with Abrand’s frayed denim shorts with heart embroidery, or a maxi skirt such as Sass & Bide’s Mr Moutarde design, which is a mustard must-have!
Fashion Essentials for Him
While female Coachella attendees tend to aim for a ‘model off duty’ aesthetic, fellas have a much harder ‘frontman off duty’ dress code to contend with.
Stressing about matching the likes of Donald Glover or Kevin Parker in the fashion stakes? Don’t worry because Myer’s menswear department has you covered with threads so cool you’ll look (and feel) like you were born to be backstage.
Start with a loose fitting statement shirt in a lightweight fabric. You can’t go wrong with Wrangler’s Garageland button up, Barney Cools’ Holiday short sleeve number or the Stolen Crane design by Kenji, all of which look like they’ve been plucked straight off Alex Turner’s back.
Tip: Avoid restrictive spray-on skinny jean styles that will become incredibly uncomfortable after a few hours in the mosh pit.
Complete your outfit with denim shorts, like Nena Pasadena’s distressed Destroyer style, or a pair of classic Wrangler jeans in a slim fit.
With temperatures forecast to hit the high 30s at this year’s Coachella, and with limited shade available in the middle of the desert, you’re going to want to prioritise sun protection when selecting accessories.
The go-to sunglasses brand for celebs ranging from Taylor Swift to Madonna, Ray-Bans offer serious style cred combined with optimal UV protection. Hit up Sunglass Hut at Myer to find the best frames for your face so that you can nail every #coachellaselfie opportunity that comes your way and protect your peepers in the process!
But what’s the point in protecting your eyes if you leave your skin to sizzle? Don’t forget to pack a long lasting sunscreen like the SPF 50+ To Save Face Superscreen by Mecca. This lightweight formula won’t clog your pores but will absolutely keep your face and body from getting fried.
Once your sun protection is sorted it’s wise to give some serious thought to practical footwear. With a footprint of over 600 acres Coachella is way bigger than any music festival here in Aus, so you’re going to want to pack some very comfortable shoes suitable for exploring.
While your favourite chunky white sneakers won’t survive the dirt, a hardy pair of R.M. Williams boots are tough enough to withstand just about anything you can throw at them (including 600 acres worth of dust). Ladies will love the Adelaide boots while dudes will be dead set relieved they chose to wear the stylish and supportive Comfort Craftsmen. Both styles are made in Australia using the best materials available. Chances are any pair of R.M. Williams boots will outlast the careers of any of this year’s headliners and then some!
Tip: Wear in your Coachella kicks long before you step foot through the gates to avoid blisters and aching arches.
Once you have your essentials sorted, a bit of understated bling from Swarovski is the perfect finishing touch. Perfectly on trend, the Lucky Goddess multi-charm bracelet goes with absolutely everything, as does the Symbolic Moon necklace set.
Last but certainly not least, be sure to sort out international roaming before you hop a plane to Coachella… because if you’re not able to post about it on the ‘Gram, did it even happen?!
Browse the web to your heart’s content, including staying up-to-date with set times, venue maps and festival news, with Vodafone’s famous international roaming plan for just $5 extra per day.
Not an existing Vodafone customer? Pop in to Vodafone Forrest Chase for help selecting the best roaming offer for your needs.
Tip: Invest in a pocket-sized portable phone charger so that you never run out of juice
From suitcases to sunscreen and everything in between, Forrest Chase is home to everything you could possibly need for an unforgettable Coachella experience.