Top 10 fashion trends from the two weekends of the festival

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.

Here are the top 10 fashion trends we noticed in the desert over the two weekends in April.

Ethereal Goddess Vibes

Many festival-goers channeled their inner goddess at Coachella 2022. Media personality Paris Hilton was one of many who chose to wear a flowing white dress during her time at Weekend 1. Not only could she stay cool throughout the day, but the breeze helped create a magical atmosphere.

Headliner Harry Styles walks in to start his set on the Coachella stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Friday, April 15, 2022.

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.

Friends won't have to worry about losing this fashionista in large crowds.

neon shades

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.

Festival-goers walk along the Red Path to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Swimwear and bodysuits

It’s no surprise that it was hot during Coachella, and people took full advantage of the diaper loss. Swimsuits 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.

Phew... that's embarrassing, one of them will have to change.  I vote the building.

Matching two-piece sets

Why try to match 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.

Friends watch German techno marching band Meute perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 22, 2022.

bucket hats

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.

It's all sunshine and sunflowers at Coachella.

crochet all

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.

Festival-goers smile after looking at photos they took together at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

‘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 styles was evident both weekends. Rhinestones, colorful eyeliner, and sequins were just a few of the expressive ways people accentuated their features.

Pasadena's Christian Torres poses for a photo on the way to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

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.

A festival-goer fans herself while listening to Bishop Briggs at the outdoor theater during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on Friday, April 15, 2022.

cool fans

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?

Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ema_sasic.

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