Once upon a time, festival fashion was all about the flower crowns and fringed vests. But now? You’ll spot just as many bike shorts and cowboy boots (though, not necessarily together) in the crowd at places like Coachella. That can make packing for a few days of outdoor concerts a tricky situation: When there’s not one obvious “festival outfit” to stick to, what are you even supposed to bring?
That’s why we turn to the celebrities that have been going to these festivals for years, to help guide our wardrobe planning.
“I don’t think festival has fashion—everyone has their unique take on what they think style at a festival should be,” Slick Woods tells Glamour at UGG‘s festival kick-off party during the first weekend of Coachella, celebrating the brand’s partnership with the contemporary art exhibition Desert X. The model says she doesn’t really ever change her style to align with a certain event. “I feel like that’s the thing about me that really can’t ever change—I dress like my Mother, that’s my thing.”
Actress Bria Vinaite doesn’t feel constrained by the notion of “festival fashion,” either. “I definitely think about picking something that I love rather than picking something solely for the festival,” she says. Her main tip? “Choose a fun and colorful outfit that’s comfortable enough to allow you and dance and make the most of the festival.”
“Festivals are incredible because you can go as hard as you want,” says actress Billie Lourd. “I can wear as much glitter [as I want], and wear these amazing boots with a monochrome denim outfit—and that’s cool. If I walked down Melrose in this, people would be like, ‘What is happening?’ You can be the most extreme version of yourself.”
Still, there a few items that are helpful to bring with you if you’re spending a few days out in the desert, for an event like Coachella. So we asked Woods, Vinaite, Lourd, and other festival experts (aka. celebrities) to share the one thing they always wear to the concerts. Check out their essentials, ahead.
Something “a little extra”
When it comes to deciding what to wear to a festival, model and actress Barbie Ferreira says you should “maintain your own personal style, but feel free to be a little extra.” Taking her own advice, she rocked a pair of statement tiger print shorts with fiery red satin tank top at Coachella this year—and looked incredible.
A fanny pack
This is Vinaite’s #1 festival essential. “Wear one that you can strap to your body to keep all of your valuables safe,” she says.
A pair of sunglasses
Coachella 2019 performer H.E.R. says that, for a festival in the California essentials, a pair of statement sunglasses are an absolute must. She always has them in her bag. (Plus, they look great onstage.)
American Horror Story star Lourd has been going to Coachella for ten years now, which makes her a pro. The most important thing she’s learned to bring with her for a weekend in the desert? A bandana—to avoid the infamous “Coachella cough,” she says.
A pair of overalls
Instead of planning her outfits ahead of time, Woods prefers to bring a bunch of her go-to pieces—like crop tops, jeans, and slide sandals—and mix and match them based on how she’s feeling each morning. There’s one item she always makes sure to bring to Coachella, though: a pair of classic overalls.