Craving Coachella

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As I’m sure you are fully aware, the annual Coachella music festival in Indio, California is fast approaching – and aside from delivering three days of amazing music (like The Strokes, Cut Copy, and The Black Keys), the festival is always a setting for some inspiring fashions!  Celebrities like Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth frequent the sizzling festival every year, and their summery outfits neverdisappoint.

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From my own experience at Chicago festivals like Pitchfork and Lollapalooza, I know spending 72 hours under the scorching sun is no easy feat.  And when you factor in looking stylish, it becomes nearly impossible.  Luckily I’ve learned a thing or two about looking cute and staying comfortable in the sweltering heat — even if you can’t attend Coachella, these adorable trends and foolproof tips will prepare you for the oncoming summer.

The floaty dress below has the two essential elements of your perfect Coachella get-up: a bohemian vibe + a lightweight fabric. Just like Kate proves in her blue tye-dye dress, keeping layers to a minimum and choosing loose fabrics are both vital to staying cool and comfortable.  Choosing a simple gauzy cotton or linen is your best bet.  It also helps to pair your dress with a simple bandeau (rather than a regular bra) if you can — the lack of wires and constricting straps will make your outfit unbelievablymore comfortable.

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Or, try a take on Nicole Richie’s look: denim cut-offs and a loose, billowy shirt. The blouse below has a great tribal print, and the wide sleeves, easy shape, and lightweight fabric won’t weight you down. Plus, the dark color makes it perfect for wearing with distressed denim shorts like Nicole’s:

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Wearing jewelry isn’t the greatest idea — but if you’re like me and feel naked without it, aim for cute earrings or a big cuff rather than flimsy necklaces or bracelets, which will bother you in the heat.  Thelarge earrings below are the perfect piece — they make a major bohemian-chic statement, but they’re literally light as a feather!

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Last but not least, wearing flats is a must!  Whether you choose gladiator sandals or soft moccasins, your body will thank you after three whole days of running around the festival.

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 Image sources: urbanoutfitters.com, instyle.com, goldsaturn.com, freepeople.com, forever21.com

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