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COACHELLA 2014: 7 fresh trends other than the astronaut

Tessa Lin Wang

The Coachella vibe never dies- maybe for awhile but in 9 months or so we'll be back on the festival game and chanting our limited tribal-call vocabulary. Okay, I kid. But not about the vocabulary though, I mean have you seen anyone instagram with hashtags other than #Coachella #IsawVanessaHudgens #poolparty #astronaut? (Although, I have to admit, I was quite an avid fan of the last one)


For years now, many of us have yearned to be in indie valley- the spirit, the mood, the clothes all brings the ultimate scene together. It's quite interesting how the world participates, that even shop fronts here are going all "WHAT WILL YOU WEAR TO COACHELLA THIS YEAR" even though none of us seem to be going to Coachella this year. But, like every shopping victim, we eventually find it within ourselves to look like Vanessa Hudgens the next day. 

Granted, some of you may still be adamant that Hudgens will always be your favourite High School Musical girl who will only hang out and sing all day by the lockers- but here's some lessons we ought to pick up even though Coachella will never happen for us.

1. IF SHE CAN CROP, HE CAN CROP


I wasn't into finding girls gracing the cropped trend because it's been around for so long, that people probably say "crop" as much as Gatsby could mention "old sport". But will all due respect, the guys have been lacking in this trend- in fact we NEVER would have expected them to join in. Well, until Kid Cudi. 

Raw edges were all in for the singer, and while everyone's writing in on how ridiculous it looks, I'd beg to differ. Its quite funny that the world sees more half naked men than women on a daily basis, but can't seem to handle one showing just a little skin. If women can wear suits, why can't men pull off crop tops? ECCENTRIC. FRESH. I LIKE. 

2. MESSY HAIR DON'T CARE



This entire hair game just got trickier, girls- instead of just blow drying your hair, you're gonna have to get some sea salt spray going and kill your hair into going frizzy. Or maybe just never comb your hair throughout Coachella. That works too. 

I'm in love with this look though, for its out-of-bed impression. Like the girl has so much more to care about in life than hair. Love that. (Even though she probably spent an hour with that sea salt spray)

3. KARDASHIAN LIPS ARE SO LAST YEAR, IT'S TIME TO SMILE
(oh gosh this looks like some dental ad)
(NO GUYS, I PROMISE I WASN'T SPONSORED BY COLGATE)


With the #selfie activity going on, there's always a chance to pull it off in a new way. Even though these weren't selfies, I found it very exciting to see many street style photos focused on the girl's face. Brace-faced, shielded with sunglasses and equipped with a smile- definitely a great way to zoom in on the details.

Side note though, I'm smitten with the pink lipstick shade the girl on the left is wearing! A definitely must-have if I can ever achieve that skin colour.

4. SUMMER WON'T COME BETWEEN US AND LONG SKIRTS


Worn, styled and proven- the long skirts (or dresses) have proven themselves to be here for spring/summer. Chuck the thick wooly ones in the storeroom for now, and let the light ones take front row. And if it isn't obvious enough, the cheerful summer vibes are best given out by your favourite florals.

Loosen the mood with a tie-up crop or make your beach-dress a town-dress with some edgy boots. These pictures really are giving the ultimate long-skirt-styling 101s!

5. SEXY IS BACK


I'll admit. I'm quite proud of the pun pulled with the title HAHA. The sun's out and this trend is your biggest answer to getting some tanned skin going on (not too sure about the front though whoops). Go for a twisted top, halterneck or brave it out with a bikini!

6. "IT DOESN'T COUNT TILL YOU SEE THE"... BELLY BUTTON.
(if you're not getting it, please get to watching meangirls. Pronto.)


One of a kind, I was so into this one. Couldn't find any other person gracing this one, other than the usual cropped tops- but I couldn't bear to leave this photo alone. I was already guessing that she did a DIY but judging from the clean edges, IT WAS SOLD THIS WAY.
HEAR THE CHEERING IN THE BACKGROUND.
THERE IS HOPE FOR US NOW.

However, until I finally find it and contemplate on being a selfish blogger who'll never disclose where it's from, i'll be whipping my scissors out for the fun of it!

7. CELEBRITY FOLLOWIN'learning from the familar faces

Vanessa Hudgens, Sarah Hyland, Selena Gomez

I know I know, it's so hard to spot this one out so I'll just explain it to you.

Get a bindi.

Closing Title
While we're still here Coachella dreaming, there's always a lesson to learn even if they're miles away. So fret not and dress your best- maybe its about time we bring the party to Singapore. Mmhmm, are you thinking what I'm thinking? I'll see you at the artificial grass shop.

Lots of love and messy hair,
Tessa

Picture credits: Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Refinery29, The Guardian, Style.com