Somewhere between the strewn petals of the flower crowns and the strings of the factory-ripped denim short-shorts, Coachella style became a punchline, a comment better served with side-eye than an actual endorsement.
Now leave those feelings in the past. This year's festival style deserves a fresh take on freewheeling desert fun — with a fair dose of sophistication. So go beyond the usual pieces, the feathers and the American flags-turned-into-outfits, and please, please, please, skip the body paint for your Coachella adventure.
Instead, turn your fashion gaze to luxe textured pieces with a casual edge — where comfort reigns supreme and every piece has a life beyond the festival whether for a night out or a spin class later. Consider the Los Angeles-made color block purse from Ceri Hoover in a petite and low-key size (perfect for keeping sunscreen with you at all times) or iconic Tevas reimagined in perfectly nubby leather.
Breezy straw accents continue in popularity: the new backpack from Herschel updates this trend with colorful woven accents in a muted palette. And there's Eugenia Kim's hat that features an elevated wink to last year's craze, that ubiquitous swan float.
Photo-real pieces such as Goldsheep leggings (remember, the desert gets chilly at night!) and an H&M tee make for those spot-on Instagram moments, while a Corey by Corey Lynn Calter chambray dress brings denim to a softer, more refined place.
The ethereal Chloé blouse is a statement piece that will look legendary with jeans and heels post-Coachella. And who could forget the tassels? Yes, this is a music festival, and of course there are tassels. The Ibu Movement's tassel crown might feel too fabulous to wear on a daily basis once you're back home. (Ibu Movement's goods are handmade by women around the world based on their traditions, and sales help support those women.) Ultimately, the crown might look blissfully chic hung on the wall of your dwelling, making a far superior reminder of your days partying and dancing in the desert than a band poster.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is April 15-17 and April 22-24 with a lineup including Guns N' Roses, LCD Soundsystem, Sia, Ellie Goulding and Gary Clark Jr.