It’s not a Coachella Valley music and arts festival without iconic fashion moments, and 2022 didn’t disappoint.
After two years without a festival, attendees seemed eager to take a look around the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio. In the scorching desert heat, festival-goers cooled off in larger-than-life fans, swimsuits and jumpsuits, and shrank away from the sun’s rays in fashionable bucket hats.
The 1970s also made a comeback on both weekends at Coachella, and headliner Harry Styles took the cake donning a colorful Gucci jumpsuit made with mirrored sequins. It wasn’t the only splash of color at this year’s festival, attendees also rocked their best neon shades and channeled that colorful energy into their “Euphoria”-inspired makeup looks.
Here are the top 10 fashion trends we noticed in the desert over the two weekends in April.
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Ethereal Goddess Vibes
Many festival-goers channeled their inner goddess at Coachella 2022.
Paris Hilton was one of many who chose to wear a flowing white dress during her weekend 1 appearance. “Desert Goddess ✨🧚🏼♀️✨,” Hilton captioned an Instagram post with various #OOTD pictures. “Live my Ferris wheel 🎡 fantasy💫🌈”
Not only could it stay cool throughout the day, but the breeze helped create a magical ambiance.
The return of the 70s
The 1970s came back strong on both weekends at Coachella, and headliner Harry Styles, who always pushes the boundaries of fashion, may have been the inspiration.
Many people wore bell bottoms or high waisted jeans and shorts, circular sunglasses and prints inspired by fringe and lava lamps. Styles wore a sparkly wide-leg jumpsuit during her Weekend 1 performance.
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Headliner Billie Eilish is known for her neon green hair (though she went all black during Coachella Weekend 1), and festival-goers incorporated it, and even more neon shades, into their outfits.
Splashes of pink, orange, yellow and green filled the desert landscape, making it very easy to find friends in the crowd.
Swimwear and bodysuits
It’s no surprise that it was hot during Coachella, and people took full advantage of the diaper loss.
Bathing suits and wetsuits kept festival-goers cool while the sun was out, but they probably got a little chilly at night. We just hope they applied their sunscreen throughout the weekend.
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Matching two-piece sets
Why try to pair two different designs when you can get a great matching two-piece set?
The sets – which consisted of tops with skirts, shorts or long pants – were full of variety, from solid colors to floral outfits to wild patterns.
You have to stay cool when you go out in Indio, and the bobs were the hit of the festival. Similar to many other outfits, hats come in a variety of shades, patterns, and styles.
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Boho is always a popular style at Coachella, and the crochet caused a stir both weekends. Crochet tops, pants, hats, and even little patches sewn onto clothes were all the rage, and with their holey style they kept people cool during 80-degree days.
‘Euphoria’ inspired makeup
Even though fans of HBO’s “Euphoria” will have to wait over a year for the next season, the show’s impact on makeup looks was evident both weekends.
Rhinestones, colorful eyeliner, and sequins were just a few of the expressive ways people accentuated their features.
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The cowboys take over
Cowboy hats and boots have taken over Coachella — as they likely will again at the Stagecoach Music Festival April 29-May 1.
Many attendees added rhinestones and fringe to their hats (à la Orville Peck. who will perform on Sunday), and they came in a variety of colors.
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The hottest (coolest) fashion accessory at this year’s Coachella Music Festival was the fans.
Not only did they help keep the heat away, but they basically went with any outfit. Plus, who doesn’t like to dramatically open a fan and spin it around?
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Contributor: Pamela Avila, USA TODAY