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Keeping Up With Coachella: Festival Styles to Keep the Vibe Going All Summer Long

From fringe and neon to backpacks and belt bags we're covering it all...

If you can’t make the scene this festival season, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t have the festival come to you. Thanks to technology, fun and fashionable music festivals like Coachella are only a click away thanks to YouTube live streams (Mon Laferte was terrific!), Instagram Stories and of course miles of IG photos. Everybody, from the famous to the not-so-famous looked fresh, relaxed and ready for fun. It was almost impossible for me, tapped at a desk on the East Coast, not to want to grab a little piece of that desert vibe for myself.

I am really into some of the looks I saw at Coachella this year. They’re fun and cute without being silly or impractical. After many hours of watching and zooming in, I know just what my wardrobe needs right now.

Find some fringe

The first thing I know is that I need some fringe. When done properly, a roomy shoulder bag with a chorus of fringe at the bottom along with some boho chic accessories is a festival chic look with a definite Jane Birkin-Ali MacGraw ‘70s hippie vibe whether I’m at Coachella or the local coffee shop. To get the look, I could raid my mom’s closet (or my favorite consignment haunts) or get something fresh and new from Isabel Marant, whose fringed bags are classic but also work appropriate. On weekends, a Les Petits Joueurs drawstring style is perfect for a weekend of errands or get-togethers with friends.

image via @mrsstephaniehill

Isabel Marant Teomia Bag ($800)

Les Petites Joueurs Beaded Fringe Shoulder Bag ($489)

3.1 Phillip Lim Hudson Fringed Sunglass Case ($450)

Pump it up with Neon

Neon was everywhere in the California desert, and the shocks of color looked terrific against the neutral desert landscape. There were shoulder bags, belt bags, backpacks and all kinds of neon accessories. For a pop of color with spring and summer’s light colored monotone suits, skirts and dresses, I might try one of Tory Burch’s new brights collection to catch the festival feeling, but for a night on the town or a rooftop cocktail party, nothing beats Chanel.

image via @brynanoel

Chanel Neon Waist Bag ($2,000)

Tory Burch Fleming Convertible Bag ($428)

Make it a Mini Backpack

Nobody wants to look like a high school sophomore toting around an industrial strength backpack, but sometimes carrying a few of life’s necessities is necessary for work for a weekend of sun and fun. Coachella girls chose sleek and stylish mini backpacks to hold wallets, keys, water bottles, sunglasses, and party invites. And when they get home, the mini can hold a tablet or a magazine and save your back from aching at the end of the day. I know my back could use a break from my overstuffed shoulder bags and the mini Gucci backpack looks perfect for an afternoon or a weekend of stylish adventuring.

image via @linda_lind

Gucci GG Marmont Quilted Velvet Backpack ($1,890)

Coach Parker Convertible Backpack ($325)

Louis Vuitton Clapton Backpack ($2,040)

Belt Your Bag

I admit the idea of wrapping a belt bag around my waist sounds a little weird, but almost every other photo I saw at Coachella featured somebody rocking a sleek beautiful bag around their waist, so maybe they’re worth another look. Belt bags come in all price ranges from luxe to budget and are ideal for easy access to things you always need at hand like keys, credit cards, phones, lipstick and a bit of pocket change. It might also be an excellent way for me to add a little street style to my summer wardrobe.

image via @natasha_kolombo

Prada Quilted Leather Belt Bag ($1,150)

Gucci Marmont Belt Bag ($1,150)

Adidas Originals National Belt Bag ($25)

Macrame is not just for hanging plants

Macrame, a knot tying technique that was also big in the ‘70s has made a stylish return in the last few years. Coachella was all about flowy dresses, floppy hats, natural materials & fibers with a playful nod to Stevie Nicks. I like the intricate knitted look so much I’ve even been thinking of taking classes. But in the meantime, I know I want a macrame bag for summer and to give a loving shout out to retro chic. You can splash out for a designer look, or chose a more budget-friendly option from a variety of sources and if you’re really artsy you could even design and make your own!

image via @toasttostyle_

Anthropologie Amara Tote Bag ($78)

Sonia Rykiel Macrame Bag ($1,260)

Ulla Johnson Leia Leader Trimmed Wicker Bag ($425)

Vintage Vuitton Minis

There were so many fun looks at Coachella this year, but I shouldn’t be surprised that Gigi Hadid’s teeny tiny vintage Murakami for Vuitton mini bag made such an impression. Murakami is so adorable and fun, but still sophisticated enough to take almost anywhere. I love haunting flea markets for vintage bags & accessories, and while I hope I’ll get lucky and score a real vintage Murakami someday, current Vuitton and others have some whimsical options that will also work.

image via @GigiHadid

Louis Vuitton New Wave Chain Pochette ($1,710)

Louis Vuitton Vintage Murakami Bag ($440)

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Cat
Cat
5 years ago

Love that this article keeps up with the trends and offers so many options. But wow I just think Coachella is so ridiculous!

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

Could these clothes be any more cliche?

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago

Dreadful. The women look ridiculous especially the last one with her legs spread out. Then the one with the plastic jewels on her forehead. In the Indian subcontinent women decorate there foreheads as part of wedding makeup. Delicately applied it’s beautiful, elegant and tasteful – not a gawdy blob like this idiot. If you borrow from other cultures do it tastefully.

Bunch of morons.

Master Green
Master Green
5 years ago

The whitest of all events.

Sandy K
Sandy K
5 years ago
Reply to  Master Green

LOL

Jay
Jay
5 years ago

‘Influencers’? Influence who? 100% of the time I don’t even know who they are or know why they think they are relevant. They definitely don’t ‘influence’ me in any way,shape or form. Get a real job! Most of the things I see them carry or wear is beneath me.

TKS
TKS
5 years ago

Living here half the year exposes me to this desperate, sad, trashy “event” every year. They leave the entire valley littered in garbage, crime skyrockets, waitstaff are stiffed, and hotels are cleaning up damage from 10+ ppl per room. Not to mention the horrors of their “fashion choices” as they descend on nicer parts of town and spend not a dollar. (I guess this year the duct tape bikini hit it big). Just leave. No one wants you here!

Naomi
Naomi
5 years ago

Is Coachella really a thing? Or, an occasion to gain media attention and dress risqué?

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

I wish it was about the music like it used to be. Now it’s kist a place to one uoneach other with fashion, to go to be seen if you’re an “influencer” on social media or a place to go take Molly and hookup. This year there was a herpes outbreak at Coachella lmao. I really liked what it used to be. Kinda like a Woodstock “I use that term VERY loosely” and it was about the music and the people and making genuine connections and friends. Not using each other to gain one more follower on YouTube. Sucks.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
Megs Mahoney Dusil
5 years ago
Reply to  Bryan Lepe

Like SXSW too…

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago
Reply to  Bryan Lepe

Part of the problem could be sponsors leveraging the event through their “influencers”. God I hate that term.

One more rant: chasing trends is not style. Style is editing the options to find pieces that suit you.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago
Reply to  Sparky

I know. I hate that word too.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago
Reply to  Sparky

Yup! It’s literally becoming fast fashion and it’s making me depressed.

GoshC
GoshC
5 years ago

Lol, why is everyone hating? This blog is about fashion, not music. Style is part of Coachella and we should be happy someone covers it! Apart from that, I’m happy to see that Murakami’s touch brought LV vibes into this festival.

Gues
Gues
5 years ago
Reply to  GoshC

Oh fuck fashion..its about showing off…did u saw what there wearing?! They look trash…not like what it was years ago…

MamaSleepy
MamaSleepy
5 years ago

Yeah, those young whippersnappers who have the unmitigated audacity to reshape et shift society for their own generation. Get off our lawn!! We only want to see the world through our own lens, crowding out the ability to look objectively — or generously — at the younger generation. (Paraphrased Chgo Trib Editorial)

p.s. the Anthropologie macramé bag is cute, good thing it’s cheap bc it’ll get dirty b4 long.
p.s.s. could that model with the long, perfect legs be human?! Plz admit she’s heavily photoshopped.

Navjot Sangha
Navjot Sangha
5 years ago

The Coach Parker Backpack looked nice. I also liked the vintage Louis Vuitton Murakami bag, it looks so cute!

Tamara Alzayat
Tamara Alzayat
5 years ago

AMAZING BLOG!! that Gucci belt bag !! I need that in my life, so pretty