Fashion File: 6 Coachella-inspired items you need for music festivals

Dec 19 2017, 11:00 pm

Straight from Coachella’s festival grounds, we sought on the six items you need in your closet for the upcoming music festival season.




Kimonos look cool with jean shorts and a tank, but can keep the sun off your shoulders. At night, pair them with a pair of gladiator sandals and white jeans or over a little dress. It will keep you just warm on chilly summer nights.

Kimonos are perfect for travel, rolling up small enough to fit a backpack or purse.

Gypsy Soul Designs, Sugar Skull Kimono, $220





A festival staple, not only for their cool looks but the functional aspect of keeping your toes from being stomped on when the crowd pushes closer to the stage. Also a great city piece, perfect with a little dress or romper and a jean or leather jacket.

Isabel Marant, Black Ankle Boots, $820


Denim Shorts

At Coachella we saw the shorter the better. This little, edgy trend may need to be modified for the real world. After all, nobody really wants to look at your bum cheeks hanging out on a lunchtime patio. But on that dusty polo field? Game on!

One Teaspoon, 1955 Trashwhores, $124.54




Pair a cute floral or emerald jumper with a pair of booties and a floppy hat and you are rocking festival style. For an urban look, add heels, a clutch and a blazer and you’re ready for lunch with the girls.

A word to the wise: Jumpers and Port-A-Potties don’t really play nice together. Something to think about.

Free People, Izzy Romper, $110.74




A festival favourite and also on trend for the city after a 20-year hiatus. Keep it small and neutral. You’re not trudging along on a five-day hike. It also works for a day out in the city, on your bike, rollerblading or on a stroll down Robson.

Aritzia, Linda Backpack, $275




Statement Jewellery

A fantastic piece of statement jewellery is always a good idea. The look for Coachella is layers upon layers. For the city you want to dial that back a bit. Something to think about if you are laying on your jewels at Coachella is to watch out for the amount of metal you’re flossing in the hot sun. Maybe ditch the gold and silver for a leather wrap or some beads.

Melene Birger, Fringe Collar, $758, Intermix



Written by: Kim Appelt

Kim is one of the West Coast’s top stylists. A personal and celebrity stylist with years of experience in the fashion industry, she has become a go-to style expert in the media and hosts her own weekly radio show in Palm Springs. Kim is a sought-after by local personalities and A-list L.A.- and New York-based celebrities for her Red Carpet looks.

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