What to Wear to Coachella 2018 According to Celebrity Stylists

The scoop from the ladies who dress SZA and the Jenner sisters.

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Coachella season is upon us and you may still be figuring out which performances to attend, but deep down we both know it’s your outfit you’re thinking of most. Let’s be real — some of us are in it solely for the fashion and that’s why we enlisted the most-trusted bad gal stylists, Dianne Garcia and Jill Jacobs, to forecast what trends will be in and out for 2018.

Has the time come to ditch the flower crowns? Can the fringe be laid to rest? Who better to ask than Dianne Garcia, who will be styling must-see powerhouse SZA. Dianne gave us the low down on how to achieve the perfect anti-Coachella/Coachella look. 

While Dianne will be busy styling those on stage, Jill will be working on the it-girls. She’s the stylist behind major names including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, and Jasmine Sanders and gave us some tips on our own fits.

Read on to see how they develop their client’s looks, which trends will be dominating the upcoming festival, and their must-haves from recent Spring/Summer 2018 collections.

Dianne Garcia

Kylie Kendall Jenner Coachella 2017

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How do you develop looks for each of your clients?

I generally use music and their personal identity as a base. After that, I will observe current trends that I can pull inspiration from and integrate that into a base to find a happy medium between something that is current and something that is true to an artists’ identity. 

What are your must-have pieces from the Spring/Summer 2018 season? 

I’m excited for Burberry’s new take on their signature plaid. I absolutely love the plaid puffer that’s overdyed with the rainbow tie-dye. I also love Saint Laurent’s balloon-hemmed dresses and blouses that were paired with shorts on the runway. I think it’s a tribute to the glamour that is the house’s signature but with a brand new feel.

What big trend from last year’s show is totally over now? Which is still going strong? 

I think ’90s technical gear had a great run in 2017, but should be phasing out. We saw a lot of oversized jackets trending this past year, and I think that will stick around for quite a while with men’s and women’s collections.

How is styling for festival season different than any other occasion? 

A lot of times when artists perform at festivals they don’t necessarily want to wear heavy costumes that are restricting such as something they would wear to an award show. There is definitely more leeway towards casualness that goes along with the weather and desert atmosphere. The vibe and openness of the venue allows for more carefree looks as oppose to the glitz that we often see elsewhere. 

What new trend do you think will take over festival season this year?

I’m not sure what it will be exactly but I’m expecting the influencers and purveyors of fashion to bring the “anti-Coachella” Coachella looks. If I can predict, I’d expect looser-fitting clothes, wider pants for the boys, and more combat-type boots compared to western-inspired ones for the ladies.

Are you styling anyone for this year’s show? What can we expect?

I’m styling SZA for her performance. We haven’t gotten very far with creatives yet, but I’d expect classic SZA elements – big hair and chunky shoes for optimal jumping abilities on stage. 

Can you give us three tips on how to style ourselves for festival season? 

Coachella requires a bit of functionality and comfort in mind. Dress for heat during the day, chilliness at night, long desert walks and dust storms. Make sure pieces are transitional from day to night and that any outer layers are light enough to carry around without being a burden. Breathable fabrics is a must. Also flat shoes and sun protection for skin and eyes. We all love cute shoes and outfits but keeping comfort is mind is important to make sure your fun is not ruined from a wardrobe malfunction. No need to conform to Coachella trends like bras, fringe, and flower crowns. 

Where do you get your style inspiration?

I get my style inspirations from music, ordinary people and cultures from around the world. 

Jill Jacobs

Kylie Kendall Jenner Coachella 2017

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How do you develop looks for each of your clients?

Everything initially starts with enhancing my client’s personal aesthetic and going with what works best for their individual body types. I enjoy building off of their unique vibes, which ensures they are comfortable and confident. 

What are your must-have pieces from Spring/Summer 2018 presentations?

My list includes Balenciaga’s Spring 2018 jeans, Off-White™’s Bermuda shorts, Louis Vuitton’s Ankle Boots and Fendi socks.

What big trend from last year’s show is totally over now? Which is still going strong? 

Chokers have died down. Tiny sunglasses and fanny packs are still going strong.

How is styling for Coachella different than any other occasion? 

During Coachella, more is more. Everything becomes more carefree and it’s all about layering accessories. 

What new trend do you think will take over festival season this year?

Colorful galactic patterns mixed with vintage rocker vibes like denim and tees.

If you could style any artist this year who would it be and why? 

Jamiroquai! His style from the ’90s and early ’00s is such an inspiration to so many trends right now like cool hats and oversized everything. 

Can you give us three tips on how to style ourselves for festival season? 

1.  Be comfortable, you can never go wrong with denim, sneakers and a cool tee. 

2. Have fun. Don’t be afraid to layer fun accessories. 

3. If on a budget, playing with your hair and makeup is a great way to change your look without breaking the bank shopping for clothes.

Where do you get your style inspiration?

Everywhere. I’m always paying attention to people, things and clothing in general. I’ll find an article of clothing and think of 100 different ways to wear it. I’m constantly inspired.

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