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Coachella Do's & Don'ts

- Cressida Meale

Music festivals are one of those rare chances to embrace the ungainly, relish in the revolting and frolic in the downright frivolous. During this period of time spent in a large expanse of grassy ground (sometimes sand, often mud) there are a few things you are bound to encounter: novelty sunglasses, nudity, public relieving of oneself (you or others), overpriced beverages and dodgy food. All these charming inclusions aside, there are also a few rules to abide by - here wonderfully illustrated by a few shots from Coachella 2013.

2013 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival ñ Day 2
Smart boy

Be Nice To People

This nice young chap is someone we want to be friends with. This is important at large social gatherings. You could say it's almost imperative. How many free drinks do you think this T-Shirt resulted in? We're going with approximately 16.

Chanel Iman
Chanel Iman

Look Hot A

There is an abundance of opportunities to look seven kinds of batsh*t cray at any event with plenty of alcohol, dirt and music - but let's eschew sunstroke and silliness in favour of a bit of sartorial prowess shall we? Channel Chanel (Iman) and pair your distressed denims with a bit of '90s powerhouse dressing. Sexy is a 24/7 kind of thing after all.

Diane Kruger attends the H&M Loves Music Coachella 2013
Diane Kruger attends the H&M Loves Music Coachella 2013

Get High...

...street. Obviously. It makes economic sense if nothing else. Yes, the Isabel Marant is tres adorable, but will it still be so with a plethora of ubiquitous stains forming a nice melee amongst the prairie girl print? Just think about it.

Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle performs onstage during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Festival
Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle performs onstage during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Festival

Embrace your inner Goddess

Be it Janis, Stevie or Debbie - there is a smorgasbord of musical femme fatales to step into character with when fully immersed on such an escapist weekender. Fringe it, tear it, belt it and above all - brim with bravado.

2013 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Day 3
No.

Just Don't Be This Girl

Seriously.

WEAR THIS INSTEAD

WHAT TO WEAR TO COACHELLA
WHAT TO WEAR TO COACHELLA

Read more in our Do’s and Don’ts series:


The Red Dress; Being a Stepmother; Summer Lovin’; Personal Trainer; Pre-Holiday Prep; Portable Pets; What to wear to Coachella; First holiday with a boyfriend; The Bodycon dress; What to wear if you’re a world cup rookie?; Detox; What to wear on an internet or Tinder date; Group Vaycays; Being single at a wedding; Hairdonism; Costume Jewellery; The Office Hangover; Summer Maternity; White on White; How to wear menswear on a date; The Long Coat; Cocktail trousers at Christmas; Giving Presents; Christmas shopping; Hit the streets in style; How to pull off menswear when you’re a lady

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