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Yara Shahidi on why she prefers pants, who her Coachella dates are and overpacking

Yara Shahidi on why she prefers pants, who her Coachella dates are and overpacking
Yara Shahidi (MediaPunch / REX / Shutterstock / WWD)

Coachella first-timer Yara Shahidi already has a firm handle on desert festival style at age 17. At the Popsugar CFDA Brunch hosted by design and styling duo Emily Current and Meritt Elliott and Clare Vivier, the "Black-ish" actress chatted with WWD about her "unabashedly Yara" ensembles.

WWD: What are you wearing today?

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Yara Shahidi: I'm wearing The Great pants, an Alternative Apparel shirt, Madewell mules, my mother's earrings and my chakra necklace. And a Melody Ehsani choker and anklet. She is a family friend, and super talented too.

WWD: This is your first Coachella festival. Why did you decide to attend this year?

Y.S.: I wanted to go last year, but I have to say scheduling-wise, this one finally worked out where I wasn't working and I wasn't doing anything. So I was like, "OK, this is the time to go."

WWD: What are you most looking forward to?

Y.S.: What I love the most is the fact that it's a great mix of performers I have not heard anything [from] and people I absolutely love. So last night, in between Little Dragon, [whom] I love, we caught a bit of Travis Scott, went to Radiohead and Capital Cities. And then we went back to bed. I need sleep to function. Today, I am going to connect with a couple of my friends. I was fortunately able to come with my dad and my best friend, so it's been fun.

WWD: How did you pack for the weekend?

Y.S.: So we were staying at a hotel before we got here, and I completely overpacked. And then when we were heading to Palm Springs, I completely under-packed. So that meant this morning I was like, wait, where's the deodorant? I found it, luckily. I am wearing deodorant.

WWD: Did you take any festival trends into consideration?

Y.S.: Yes and no. I like to figure out whatever I am most comfortable in, so I can dance and have a great time. It's also about what's weather-appropriate, what's fashion-forward and what's unabashedly Yara. I am a pants kind of girl. I lean toward more androgynous in general, yet at the same time, yesterday I was wearing this big floral dress. There are two extremes but I love both, and I love everything in between.

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