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This Is What Coachella Outfits Actually Look Like In Real Life

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Hi! This Friday, the first weekend of Coachella kicks off...and with it, thousands of people will gather in the SoCal desert to listen to music and take Instagrams dressed like this...

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OK, so celebs can get away with wearing pretty much ~anything~ at music festivals. But what happens when people who AREN'T Vanessa Hudgens try out Coachella outfits?

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So that's where us four non-famous people come in. We decided to try on music festival outfits to see what REALLY goes into getting such an eccentric and Instagram-able look.

— Visit major retailers to pick out our clothes. No boutiques...these have to be places most people in the States have access to.— Either ask a sales associate to be dressed for Coachella OR pick out an outfit from areas of the floor designated specifically for music festival wear. (Yes, this is a thing.)— Try on at least one outfit per store.— Photograph ourselves in these outfits.
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— Visit major retailers to pick out our clothes. No boutiques...these have to be places most people in the States have access to.

— Either ask a sales associate to be dressed for Coachella OR pick out an outfit from areas of the floor designated specifically for music festival wear. (Yes, this is a thing.)

— Try on at least one outfit per store.

— Photograph ourselves in these outfits.

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Here's how it went...

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Urban Outfitters:

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Nina's Thoughts: Eh, these outfits weren’t really for me. They’re pretty tight and clingy, and if you’re going to be sweating it out in the desert, do you really want clingy clothes? The maroon shorts leave little to the imagination, but I guess they’d help even out your tan.

Get Nina's Look: Crop Top, Jorts, Bodysuit, Shorts, Hat

H&M:

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Nina Mohan / BuzzFeed

Nina's Thoughts: OMG, finally, a shirt that lets people know the decade I was born in! But seriously, what is this shirt? Also, the skirt was pretty thick material — I don’t think you’d actually want to be wearing something that thick in the heat. The dress, however, is fire. I’d rock that outside of Coachella too.

Get Nina's Look: Dress, Skirt, Shirt, Hat

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Forever 21:

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Nina's Thoughts: These outfits came from their “festival picks” section, and honestly…who is wearing jeans to Coachella? It seems like it would be so restrictive, even with a flimsy crop like that. The second outfit, however, is fucking incredible. Like, I thought I was going to hate it, but I think I’m giving Vanessa Hudgens a run for her money in this one.

Get Nina's Look: Cat Ears, Flower Crown, Jeans, Pants, Pink Crop, Black Crop, Vest

Topshop:

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Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

Nina's Thoughts: The clothes from the festival section were hella uncomfortable. A thick crochet two-piece ensemble? It would get so dirty! And don’t get me started on the other skirt. It’s a damn carpet.


Get Nina's Look: Bralette, White Skirt, Black & White Skirt, White Top

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Urban Outfitters:

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Lara's Thoughts: OK, honestly??? I really liked these outfits. I didn’t really even think about wearing them to Coachella because I just thought about how much I wanted to wear them out of the dressing room to get some brunch. I don’t think they would do badly in the hot sun surrounded by dust. And they were comfy. They had an A+ until I looked at the price tag.

Get Lara's Look: Jorts, Tank, Dress, Shoes, Backpack

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H&M:

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Nina Mohan / BuzzFeed

Lara's Thoughts: These are not at all practical, I felt like a nip slip would happen at any second. And fake leather in a hot-ass desert? No. Did I like the fake suede red skirt? Yes. Would I wear it anywhere near a desert? No. But I mean, if someone wants to buy me one of these outfits, I might wear it out to dinner.

Get Lara's Look: Leather Skirt, Suede Skirt, Woven Top, Kimono, Sunglasses, Fanny Pack

Forever 21:

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Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

Lara's Thoughts: No. I mean, the yellow outfit could be cute if it wasn’t made with the measurements of a 10-year-old, and the fringe bra, well, no. I feel like Paris Hilton circa 2004 and it’s NOT HOT, if you catch my drift. Would I wear these in a hot desert to listen to music? No. Would anyone? Hopefully not. You will not be comfortable. And you might get weird tan lines.

Get Lara's Look: Yellow Top, Yellow Bottom, Suede Bra, Pants, Hair Band

Topshop:

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Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

Lara's Thoughts: Topshop needs to get some chill when it comes to Coachella. None of these things are things anyone would want to wear in a DESERT???? Or maybe ever. I don’t know. OK, so I liked the crochet top; I would ditch the cape and call it a day. But the fringe shirt? For the record, I still don’t know if it's a shirt or a dress.

Get Lara's Look: Jorts, Black Shorts, Crochet Top

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Urban Outfitters:

Sam's Thoughts: Yes, I know I look like a raving fratboy pirate in this outfit. But what REALLY struck me is how quickly a Coachella outfit can get really, really pricey. I like a nice pair of shorts that show off my thighs as much as the next wannabe frat star, but not at Urban Outfitters pricing. I guess the old Dolly Parton adage holds true..."You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!"Get Sam's Look: Shorts, Shirt, Hat
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Sam's Thoughts: Yes, I know I look like a raving fratboy pirate in this outfit. But what REALLY struck me is how quickly a Coachella outfit can get really, really pricey. I like a nice pair of shorts that show off my thighs as much as the next wannabe frat star, but not at Urban Outfitters pricing. I guess the old Dolly Parton adage holds true..."You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!"

Get Sam's Look: Shorts, Shirt, Hat

H&M:

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Nina Mohan / BuzzFeed

Sam's Thoughts: OK, so you know how Aristotle once said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts"? Well, my outfits from H&M were like that, EXCEPT THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE. I was kind of into the gaudy prints and ripped jorts in an ironic way, but altogether the outfit was just way too much.

Get Sam's Look: Shirt, Shorts, Jorts, Hat

Forever 21:

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Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

Sam's Thoughts: I think because the first two outfits I tried on were SO outlandish, Forever 21's saner options just seemed really bland in comparison, like when you have a salad for dinner to compensate for that burger you had for lunch. And I don't want to wear a salad outfit to Coachella.

Get Sam's Look: Shorts, Shirt, T-shirt

Topshop:

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Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

Sam's Thoughts: I'm not normally a fan of Topman — the clothes are a little pricey and they seem to be tailored for a figure out of a Picasso painting. But the store associate who helped me pick items from the festival section offered advice not just on style, but on sensibility. Really, attending Coachella seems like braving the apocalypse. You're in a fight for survival and you might emerge from the weekend a dusty lump of sweat. But you want to at least be a fashion-forward dusty lump of sweat!

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Urban Outfitters:

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Chrissy's Thoughts: Actually, the floral jumpsuit didn’t make me want to gag! There was literally no back, though, so if I went braless, my boobs would be flappin’ around like those air-dancing dudes in front of car dealerships — and those things are wild. The purple dress is cute and fine and everything but it feels kind of whatever. Also, being able to zip it up would be a plus.

Get Chrissy's Look: Jumpsuit, Dress

H&M:

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Nina Mohan / BuzzFeed

Chrissy's Thoughts: I’m down with this suggested fringe vest and black maxi dress outfit because it matches how dead I feel inside. This open shoulder top and printed maxi dress outfit didn’t seem that sad on the mannequin, but once I put it on, it gave off a serious “I have given up” vibe.

Get Chrissy's Look: Top, Vest, Dress

Forever 21:

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Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

Chrissy's Thoughts: OK, this is my favorite outfit by far because I loveee a matching skirt and top set, especially in a tropical print. The only issue was that the “top” was basically a bra, and it was so tight it made my boobs form into a tiny butt. Lucky for me, I also like butts. This lace kimono, fake band tee, and floral bell-bottoms combination make me look like a hella budget Stevie Nicks. *prays Stevie never sees this*

Get Chrissy's Look: T-shirt, Pants

Topshop:

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Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

Chrissy's Thoughts: For some reason this floral dress was THE suggested dress in the festival section of Topshop. I wish I liked it, but honestly I just felt like I should be screaming “BONJOUR!” in it like those townspeople from Beauty and the Beast. And the minute I put the purple gown on, my boobs wanted out immediately, so I took that as a sign.

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Nina: I’m not going to Coachella and I probably never will, but your clothes should make you look hot as fuck in the heat. Forever 21 and H&M were my absolute favorites, both for looks and prices. I imagine I’d get extremely sweaty and dirty and I’m not about drop all my hard-earned dimes on expensive clothing that’ll just turn into desert rags. Festival fashion isn’t really my day-to-day thing, but I think I could rock it if I was forced to. Lara: Coachella seems like a mix of things you find at a thrift store and things you’ve had in your closet since 2004 that you forgot about. I don’t hate all of it. I would wear some of it. But I also think sweatpants are fashionable so I don’t know if I can be trusted.Sam: There's no denying that festival outfits are a little insane both in terms of look and price. But there's nothing sane about trekking into a desert with thousands of people to do drugs, drink, listen to music, and take lots of Instagrams. So go out there and have some fun with your look. Just...everything in moderation.Chrissy: I still hate Coachella.
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Nina: I’m not going to Coachella and I probably never will, but your clothes should make you look hot as fuck in the heat. Forever 21 and H&M were my absolute favorites, both for looks and prices. I imagine I’d get extremely sweaty and dirty and I’m not about drop all my hard-earned dimes on expensive clothing that’ll just turn into desert rags. Festival fashion isn’t really my day-to-day thing, but I think I could rock it if I was forced to.

Lara: Coachella seems like a mix of things you find at a thrift store and things you’ve had in your closet since 2004 that you forgot about. I don’t hate all of it. I would wear some of it. But I also think sweatpants are fashionable so I don’t know if I can be trusted.

Sam: There's no denying that festival outfits are a little insane both in terms of look and price. But there's nothing sane about trekking into a desert with thousands of people to do drugs, drink, listen to music, and take lots of Instagrams. So go out there and have some fun with your look. Just...everything in moderation.

Chrissy: I still hate Coachella.

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