Here at Who What Wear, we rarely take a day off, but when the annual three-day fest of music, fashion, and trendsetting beckons¬--Coachella¬--we knew we had to pack up our denim cutoffs and follow. Not only were we beyond stoked to see awesome performances by Jay-Z, The Dead Weather, and Phoenix (just to name a few!), we also knew that stylish attendees were there to bring it¬--and we couldn't wait to meet them and see their music fest best.
After braving the standstill traffic, and securing our coveted purple wristbands (our most vital accessory of the weekend!), we entered the polo grounds by way of the brand-new ferris wheel and spent three days seriously overwhelmed by stylish stimuli. Quietly slipping by the glowstick toters in neon hot pants and the occasional headdress-tressed and face-painted partygoers, we scouted out the darling dressers who were most tuned in to killer personal style. And not to fall short on our reporting, even amidst the sweet, blaring sounds of some of the most beloved bands, we managed to unearth the WHO they were, WHAT they were en route to, and most importantly, what they chose to WEAR when rocking out.
While our fieldwork revealed loads of floral skirts, striped bodysuits, and sunhats to spare, we narrowed down our festival favorites to the nine stunning ladies before you, each with a unique spin on outdoor attire. So please, dear readers, let us serenade you with some of Coachella's most harmonious ensembles that will hopefully inspire you to mix in some vintage, try cat-eye sunglasses, or opt to belt it all summer long!¬--Liza Kaplan, additional reporting by Kelly Agnew.
Who: Kelly Agnew, 22, Los Angeles
What: En route to Florence and the Machine
Wear: Vintage tunic, Urban Renewal Cutoff Vintage Shorts ($28), vintage Valentino boots, Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag ($825), Karen Walker Eyewear Deep Freeze Tortoise Sunglasses ($170), Free People wide brim hat
Finish Her Look: Brooke Draped Floral-Print Tunic ($143), Eugenia Kim Honey Sunhat ($275).
Who: Ophelia Lovibond, 24, London
What: En route to The Specials
Wear: American Vintage dress, Army Surplus Vintage bag, vintage belt
Finish Her Look: Charlotte Russe Floral Dress with Tulle Undercoat ($28), Forever 21 Aztec Knit Dress ($22.80), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses ($145), Urban Renewal Vintage Western Leather Belt ($38).
Who: Whitney Port, 25, New York/Los Angeles
What: En Route to Passion Pit
Wear: Rachel Comey Alfresco Matelasse Top ($299, 949.715.3254) and Boat Shorts ($334), Bloch Carnivale Flats ($180) in Infra Orange/Delft, Chanel bag
Finish Her Look: Fossil Callie Cat Eye Sunglasses ($55), Chloe Tilia Acetate Sunglasses ($295), Warehouse Chunky Chain Twist Lock Across Body Bag ($47) .
Who: Rachel Bilson, 28, Los Angeles
What: En route to Back to LA
Wear: Brigid Catiis Abby Racerback Tank ($142), Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy 2 Jean Shorts ($129), Ray-Ban Outsiders Oversized Wayfarer Sunglasses ($145), vintage sandals and backpack
Finish Her Look: Lucky Brand Get Laced Embroidered Leather Crossbody Bag ($119).
Who: Kinga Burza, 29, London
What: En route to Phoenix
Wear: Topshop tank, vintage Moschino skirt, vintage belt, Opening Ceremony w19 Ankle Boot Clogs ($520), Graz Ellery Sunglasses ($300)
Finish Her Look: J S Collections Slitted Floor-Length Georgette Skirt ($74), Comme des Garcons Pleated Skirt ($725), Topshop Plain Scoop Vest ($12) in Truffle, Madewell Big Stud Belt ($48).
Who: Danielle Haim, 21, Los Angeles
What: En Route to Julian Casablancas
Wear: Vintage top and bag, vintage Levi's shorts, Topshop boots, Urban Outfitters hat
Finish Her Look: Siwy Camilla Cut Off Shorts ($152) in Jet Wash, Free People Slouchy Graphic Tee ($78).
Who: Amanda Thomas, 22, Santa Monica
What: En Route to Jay-Z
Wear: Sass & Bide State of Grace Mini Dress ($210), Alexander Wang Suede Brenda Zip Chain Bag ($725), Topshop boots
Finish Her Look: ASOS Amigo Leather Buckle Ankle Boot ($85), Jeffrey Campbell Nation Ankle Booties ($190), WGACA Vintage Flannel Studded Top ($198).
Who: Alexa Chung, 26, England/New York
What: En route to the polo grounds
Wear: Etoile by Isabel Marant Tanguy Romper ($350, 212.219.2284), vintage jacket, LK Bennett Ophelia Espadrilles ($75)
Finish Her Look: Rugby Hooded Cargo Crop Jacket ($178).
Who: Jessica Warren, 21, Montreal
What: En route to Phoenix
Wear: H&M top and skirt, vintage shoes and bag, Alexander Wang for Linda Farrow Sunglasses ($325)
Finish Her Look: ASOS Holey Sweat Top ($42), ASOS Jersey Micro Mini ($20), Topshop Plait Bodycon Mini Skirt ($50), Topshop Stud and Tassel Satchel ($135), Free People Suede Medicine Bag ($68).
Photos courtesy of Kelly Agnew.