Admittedly, the mere thought of Coachella — or worse, Coachella "style" — sends my eyes rolling straight to the back of my head. While I don't know why festival fashion has become so synonymous with, well, the worst of it (fringe, denim diapers, cultural appropriation), as I prepped for attending the event this year, I decided there had to be a different approach worth taking — one that doesn't involve bodysuits or feathered headpieces.
In fact, my packing list for Coachella is pretty, well, anti-Coachella. Rather than going loud, I'm going minimal with a twist — think weather-appropriate sleeveless dresses with mud-ready Doc Martens (and cropped jackets for nighttime), gold jewelry, wide-leg jeans, playful bags, colorful swimsuits, and seashell accessories. Any opportunity to break out a festive outfit is an invitation I don't take lightly — and with the right indie brands and quirky add-ons, Coachella dressing doesn't have to look the way you think it does (plus, I can actually wear these pieces all spring and summer long, not just to Weekend 1).