It's that time of year again — Coachella kicks off this weekend in California, and each year, the massive music event signals the beginning of festival season in the Western World.
Before long, it’ll be time for Glastonbury, Longitude and Electric Picnic once more, with the latter already completely sold out and excitement at an all-time high.
However, it’s Coachella that the A-listers flock to in their droves; its proximity to Los Angeles and desert climate are a big part of the draw, as is the celebrity-friendly environment — no scabby tents for them.
So thanks to the high volume of famous folk in attendance, it’s also become the gig that women draw most of their style inspiration from when attending outdoor gigs on these here shores. That is perhaps problematic when you consider our climate isn’t exactly tropical, nor our tans real — but when have we ever let that stop us showing some skin?
So, before you start drooling over this year’s offerings, it’s time cast your eye over the top 10 most inspiring festival fashion girls of all time…
Of course the Queen of Cool knows how to dress for a festival — she’s famous for dating rock stars and looking great in shorts. This 2005 Glasto appearance (right) is perhaps her most famous, leaving everyone wondering how to rock a waistcoat and hot pants without looking like a complete eejit.
Looking like she’s in sunny LA when she’s really rocking Electric Picnic, Vogue’s pretty floral playsuit (left) shows off her tan while her runners lend a laid back edge to the ensemble. She also looks like she’s washed her hair, a rare event at festivals.
If you look up the word “boho” in the dictionary, there will almost certainly be a photo of Ms Miller right there beside it. Her modern hippy look has been inspiring legions of festival goers since the glory days of 2003. However, the shorts, boots and beatnik bag combo she rocked at Glasto in 2010 (inset right) is surely her best festival look. The gorgeous deep tan helps, of course.
Our very own Laura has been to more festivals than we regular folk can even imagine, thanks to her role as a presenter on MTV. And she manages to always get it right, channelling the LA vibe, even when she’s in Stradbally. Of course, wearing a suede dress (left) to a festival might not be practical, but it looks fabulous — and her muddy, studded biker boots are way cooler than wellies.
She’s gone through several style phases, but for the most part, Katy Perry is still something of a vintage vixen. This striking two-piece she debuted at a Coachella pool party in 2013 (above) will live on in festival history — not least for the bravery required to wear white high heels.
Now this is a look more suited to an Irish festival than most — a good sensible coat and sturdy boots (above). One might wonder why Rihanna donned such an ensemble at last year’s Coachella, but who are we to argue when she looks so cool? Bonus points for wearing sunnies at night.
It’s not surprising that the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet looks effortlessly cool in this 90s ensemble (above) that’s just the right amount of grunge — she’s the daughter of 90s rock royalty. And while her shoes might look a tad orthopaedic, they’re actually very trendy and quite a wise choice for a music festival.
Another gal famous for being cool, Alexa rocked Glasto 2015 in a pearlescent turtle-necked mini dress. Not exactly your standard festival uniform, the addition of Hunter wellies and lack of accessories mean her look is spot on. Still, we wouldn’t want to see her dry-cleaning bill.
As a Victoria’s Secret supermodel, Al would look good in a bin bag. And here, she looks incredible in bare feet, barely-there shorts and a boho blouse (far right). She’s also clearly able to get those finicky gold transfer tattoos to work without looking like she has a skin disease — good woman.
She goes to Coachella every year and looks like the ultimate flower child — can we credit her with starting the dreaded blooming headband that’s taken over every Irish festival? A look (above) perhaps too daring for some, her crop top, shorts and shades are almost as aspirational as her hair.
She doesn’t go to festivals much these days, but Blue Ivy’s mum was once a regular at Coachella and even played our very own Oxegen back in the day. Her festival look is relaxed but polished — mere mortals wouldn’t dare wear a white T-shirt to a grubby festival, and we all know a hat would be robbed off our heads as soon as we went near a mosh pit. Wild hair, loads of bracelets and denim cut-offs though? Ideal.
She’s known for her love of shorts on even the dressiest of occasions, so of course Flackers is going to show off her pins in ankle boots at an outdoor event. The real star here though, is her leopard print jacket. Majorly on-trend for this season, it’s both practical and stylish, and these days, leopard print is a neutral — it goes with anything.
While the fashion festival attire of short shorts and wellies has become boringly ubiquitous, anything goes where beauty is concerned. "Have fun, make-up should be fun and colourful. Especially at a festival were you can really experiment," says Leonard Daly, one of the country's leading make-up artists. "Use the shades of shadows that have never been used in your palettes. Just remember you are not giving yourself a tattoo - if you don't like it, it comes right off."