The first weekend of Coachella festival flew by in a flurry of gladiator sandals, fringed messenger bags and denim shorts. The eagerly anticipated annual music and arts event is the first key date in the festival calendar, usually dictating the trends for the season ahead.

Based in the scorching hot California desert, Coachella may have a drastically different climate to Glastonbury but there are styling tips that will work for any festival, home or abroad.



The footwear of choice strayed away from the usual biker boots, instead focusing on gladiator sandals and 1990s inspired trainers. To create a bold statement look, opt for By Malene Birger’s knee-high gladiators or for a more subtle take on the trend, Giuseppe Zanotti offer a practical flat suede pair.



A bohemian printed maxi skirt is ideal for both balmy days and cooler nights. Team with a cropped vest and sandals if you are heading to sunnier climates or layer up with a leather jacket and boots if you’re staying closer to home.



An oversized printed scarf is a versatile festival staple that can be styled in many ways. Drape over your shoulders when the temperatures drop or wrap around your hair towards the end of the weekend for a look that is as stylish as it is functional.



A decent sized bag is a vital piece of your festival wardrobe. Imitate Kate Bosworth’s enviable Coachella style by tapping into this season’s fringing trend. Gucci’s colourful messengers are large enough to carry all of your essentials and will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.



Tropical print was spotted everywhere we looked in the desert. Look to Just Cavalli and Moschino Cheap & Chic for fun and colourful printed dresses, tops and kaftans that would brighten up a muddy field.

Finally, ensure that you invest in a quality pair of sunglasses, to protect against the sun and to disguise tired eyes!