With Coachella weekend one in the books, and the second round about to kick off, festival season is officially upon us. And, let’s be real, music festivals are the new fashion week (we’re looking at you Rihanna—in that straight from the runway, head-to-toe Gucci number). From the deserts of Indio to a park on the outskirts of Nashville, these all-out weekend concerts and parties host a hot-bed of new trends, and have a way of influencing our dressing for the remainder of summer.
We pulled a few of our favorite looks from the past weekend to get you inspired for wherever your festival plans take you—and, we promise, no flower crowns or flash tats in sight...
Let's start with accessories. Gone are the ribbon chokers of 2016, although we did spy their silver and gold counterparts on many attendees. This year, the true darling of festival jewelry is the hoop earring. Hoops are back, people! We love it when they are just barely oversized—big enough to make a statement without reaching shoulder-grazing lengths. We also couldn't help but notice a new trend in sunglasses with circular and oval lenses (which are finally replacing the sea of aviators we've seen in years past).
Leave it to Chiara, the queen of style blogging, to kill two fashion birds with one stone. There was no denying that mesh and crochet were the fabrics du jour over the past weekend, and were surprisingly practical choices considering the sweltering desert temperatures. She finished off her sheer look with a perfectly pint-sized bag, as we all know a small carry-all is a festival must-have. And we are calling it now—the mini backpack will be the it-bag of festival season.
Obviously, no festival would be complete without denim shorts of all shapes and styles. High waisted, distressed, embroidered, or customized—you can't go wrong (and we fully support stocking up on a handful of different pairs to last you all season long). Our other go-to festival standby? Cowboy-inspired fringe, of course. To avoid the John Wayne comparisons, pair it with something decidedly girly, perhaps even with a little sparkle.
If fringe isn't your thing (or you're looking for something slightly more subtle), take a cue from the photo above and dress up those denim shorts with a Western-inspired belt.