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Style Scout: Coachella music festival fashion

By Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer

The styled-out concertgoers, not the songsters working the stages, made the boldest fashion statements at last weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. PYTs stayed cool in edgy sundresses, short-shorts, floppy hats, gladiator sandals and Wayfarers, while the men rocked in rolled-up jeans partnered with Vans and fedoras. And of course there was the fringe contingent -- a group of guys wearing Speedos, a dude in a gladiator kilt, a few misguided girls tromping around in high heels -- proving that vanity is impervious to extreme heat.

Austin Owen of Phoenix chose accessories over actual clothing. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Cari Sparks of Cerritos kept it breezy in a printed silk sundress. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Oregon brothers Jesse, left, and Bim Ditson rocked a neo-greaser look as they basked in the sun. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Johnique Shackelford turned a vintage bathing suit into high-waisted shorts to help create her Victorian-Outback look. (Emili Vesilind / Los Angeles Times)
Meghan Moran, left, and Vanessa Gonzales, special events director for L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, wore floppy hats and Jackie O. sunglasses to Anthem magazine’s private Coachella pool party in Cathedral City, Calif. (Emili Vesilind / Los Angeles Times)
Angelenos Katie Buckner, left, and Erin Gray hung loose in roomy one-pieces at the Anthem party. (Emili Vesilind / Los Angeles Times)
Jessica Willis, left, Jonathan Brown and Dechel McKillian donned beachy neon ’80s gear. (Emili Vesilind / Los Angeles Times)