The Coachella Capsule: The Only 9 Pieces You Need to Pack

Coachella newbies and seasoned veterans alike know they're in for a weekend (or two) of great music, toasty temperatures, and, most important, trendsetting festival style. So if you're starting to plan what to pack for Coachella this year, we're here to help. While in years past, it was boho details that dominated, things are shaping up to be different in 2018. With trends like leather jackets and dad caps dominating street style, we can expect these staples to trickle down to festival dress as well.

Below we're highlighting nine major trends we consider to be the clothing styles to try this festival season. Each has a practical purpose, but it manages to offer up some major style, too—how can you say no? So whether it's Beyoncé or the Bleachers you'll be dancing the night away to, you'll be doing it in style.

Check out our nine must-wear pieces for Coachella below.

1. Leather Jacket

Since things can get chilly in the evenings, you'll want to pack a jacket. Leather jackets feel effortlessly cool, and trying them in a bold color or unexpected shape is especially fresh this year.

2. Chic Backpack

When you're out all day at the festival grounds, you'll want to be prepared. A stylish backpack will come in handy when it comes to carrying water, sunscreen, and snacks.

3. Baseball Cap

Keep your face out of the sun, while also making a fashion statement in a cool but under-the-radar dad hat.

4. Denim Shorts

No festival would be complete without a pair of denim shorts. This year, keep an eye out for higher-waisted styles that you can easily wear with boots or sneakers.

5. Lightweight Top

A relaxed yet feminine white top is a 2018 respite from the more bohemian styles of past years.

6. Printed Spring Dress

When it comes to festival dresses, opt for loose-fitting floral styles.

7. Relaxed Jeans

For a day when only jeans will do, swap out your usual skinnies for a relaxed cut instead. Styles with a high-waist and loose fit will be especially appropriate for a day outdoors.

8. Statement Earrings

If you're ready to retire your flower crown, consider going for statement earrings instead. They stand out but feel refreshingly fashion-forward.

9. Western Boots

When you're spending a long weekend dancing in the dust, there's nothing that can compare to a great pair of Western boots.

Aemilia Madden