Wondering What to Wear to Coachella in Your 30s? I Got You

You heard it from me first: You are never too old for a trip to the desert to watch your favorite artists perform. I'm always helping my friends with outfit ideas, and I have a friend attending who's in her mid-30s. Lately, she's been asking me for help with what to wear, and as always, I'm happy to oblige. While she was focused on more "age-appropriate” styles, I convinced her to let loose and go for any risky fashion moment that inspires her. 

I ended up suggesting a wide variety of outfit ideas that are anywhere between daring and super safe choices. It's nice to pack options depending on your mood upon arrival. As long as you wear something that makes you feel confident and is true to your personal style, you're guaranteed to have a good time. Below, find 10 outfits that I suggest considering for your trip to Coachella.


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I'm calling this look the definition of grown-up Coachella style. The best part is you can wear the fringe dress on its own during the day and throw the blazer on top when it cools down at night. Finished off with a pair of strappy sandals, it's a versatile look that can transition seamlessly from day to night.

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This outfit is proof that you don't have to completely bare it all to look good at Coachella. The daring long-sleeve corset top pairs extremely well with cargo pants. Instant confidence.

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Unleash your inner '90s girl with this daring yet stylish ensemble, staring a simple silk bralette that adds a touch of allure to the chic and comfortable pants. This bold statement has completely won me over.

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You're guaranteed to turn heads at Coachella when you wear a bright matching set that was made for festival season. The light and flowy fabric will keep you cool and comfortable in the sun, plus getting dressed in the morning after a night of dancing will only take seconds.

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A glamorous maxi dress will be sure to make a statement. While someone might initially consider it for a special occasion, just add sneakers and you can dance all night in it. The best part is you can pull it out of your closet again for wedding season.

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Unleash your inner wild child with this biker-girl chic outfit. Snakeskin leather shorts will stand out amongst the sea of denim. Paired with gaudy statement jewelry, you'll be sure to turn heads. 

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A little black dress is a minimalist's favorite Coachella outfit. The intricate cutout details elevate it to a whole new level of sophistication. 

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This is the easiest Coachella outfit I ever did see. A simple ribbed tank top and denim maxi skirt create the perfect balance of comfort and style.

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A floral midi dress is a lot more comfortable than you might think. Everyone at Coachella will be asking for compliments. Pair it with a comfortable pair of flat leather sandals and your feet will have no complaints so you can dance the day away.

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Suprise them all by styling a bikini top paired with low-rise cargo pants. This look is the perfect way to cool off in the desert heat.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.