Picture this: It’s 2015. You’re wearing a flower crown inspired by pics you reblogged on Tumblr. Your best friend has on a pair of glittery fairy wings. Vanessa Hudgens dominates your Pinterest boards. You’re at Coachella, and life is good. Flash forward to present day, and the floral pieces were nowhere to be found at Weekend 1 (nor is the “Sneakernight” singer, who confirmed that she was not in attendance for this year’s festivities on social media).
In the years just before Covid-19 entered the chat, the traditional aesthetic associated with the weekend was already starting to fall off. People were slowly swapping out their over-the-top hair and glam and opting for a more subtle take instead. Then, the pandemic came in full force in 2020, resulting in most of us reaching for sweatpants on the daily and the annual music festival being cancelled for two years in a row, later returning in 2022.
The sartorial choices of this year’s attendees proved that the ghost of Coachella fashion’s past not only has fully exited the scene, but it’s also slammed the door shut and isn’t looking back.
More From Cosmopolitan
So what are people actually wearing this time around? According to a trend report from Google (plus my own on-site observations from having spent the first weekend on the grounds), there are six top aesthetics people can’t get enough of, and we’ve broken it down below.
On the red carpet and in the fashion world, people are getting as naked as possible without actually being, well, naked. For people heading out to the desert to watch their fave artists (hi @ Bad Bunny), this translates to a breezy mesh dress with minimal clothing underneath. Think: wearing some nude undergarments from Skims or a cute bikini. It doesn’t hurt having little-to-no-clothing when you’re planning on being in the sun all day.
Cue the classic Kacey Musgraves song because Space Cowboy was in full effect this year. Everyone essentially wore a yassified version of the western aesthetic: cowboy boots turned metallic (see the way I styled it below) and more colorful clothing and accessories than ever before.
You’re going to be dancing the night away, so you might as well have some clothing that fits the theme. This means more metallic, feathers, and anything under the sun that makes you feel like a dancing queen.
It’s what you would wear if you were galloping across a rose garden or living in the country. Many people at Coachella had cute, flowy and floral patterned garments on as they watched their favorite bands, and boy did it make me want to book a flight to the south of France ASAP.
I know what you’re thinking, but I promise you that the boho styles we associate with Coachella lives on—just not in the exact same way you remember. Daisy Jones & The Six proved that the aesthetic with a hint of modernity can coexist, and that’s what the vibe is for this occasion. Crochet, chunky metallic belts, and long skirts were on full display this year. And I loved it so much I hopped on the trend myself.
Last but certainly not least on the Coachella style spectrum is retro. What this looks like IRL is boiled down to two words: bold prints. Swirls, flowers, and other patterns in the form of co-ords and dresses were spotted everywhere.
As for other essentials you might want to bring with you to Coachella (aka sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen). I’ve listed a few items on my must-have list below, such as—you guessed it—sunscreen, some comfy sneakers you will want to wear for at least one day, and more.
Associate Shopping Editor
Daisy Maldonado is an associate shopping editor at Cosmopolitan who loves writing about fashion trends, must-have beauty products, and digital culture. When she’s not writing, you can almost certainly find her shopping (she knows her credit card numbers by heart) or obsessing over celebrity news. Although she’s acquired an extensive closet over the years, her favorite item she owns is a Harry Styles Love On Tour hoodie she purchased at his concert in Manchester. Daisy’s work has appeared on Refinery29, The Daily Beast, E! News, Allure and more. Keep up with all of her chaotic travels, NYC life and fashionable moments on her Instagram.