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    Coachella inspires bohemian trends for everyday life

    Between various fashion weeks and award shows, the first half of the year is full of influences for fashion lovers everywhere.

    Although we see emerging trends on the runway and elegant dresses at the Oscars, there is one fashion event of the year that is definitely my favorite: The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

    Coachella is two weekends of heat, music and fashion in California. The first weekend of this year’s event will begin Friday, and I could not be more jealous of everyone who is going.

    Yes, the main purpose of Coachella has always been, of course, the music. With performances by Lorde, OutKast and Lana Del Rey, this year’s lineup seems to be as great as it has always been.

    However, in recent years, Coachella has become more famous for its fashion than its music lineup. Celebrities battle it out to see who has the cutest, craziest and most bohemian outfit of the weekend. “High School Musical” actress Vanessa Hudgens, for example, is known for her many intricate outfits, wearing everything from floral cropped tops and maxi skirts to flower headbands. The bohemian theme is heavy at Coachella.

    Even though the outfits may only be considered fashionable at the music festival itself, there is still much inspiration that can be drawn from them. The bohemian style is perfect for spring and summer and is one that can be easily implemented into any closet.

    When one thinks of a bohemian style, the word “hippie” may immediately come to mind. But there are many ways to go boho without going overboard.

    One easy outfit that is perfect for the hot spring we have here in Alabama is a loose tribal print dress. My personal favorites are by Brandy Melville. Just pair one with some short boots and throw a crocheted cardigan over your shoulders it if it’s cold.

    Another easy way to implement the boho style is cropped tops. Try wearing a floral cropped top paired with high-waisted, light washed jeans. It combines bohemian with feminine, and the jeans will keep you from showing too much skin. If you want to go one more step, look for accessories like a flower headband.

    One of the more famous bohemian brands is Free People. From tribal print maxi dresses to crocheted tops, this brand has everything a bohemian girl needs. Well, unless she’s broke. Free People’s clothes tend to run from $100-300, but you can find some good deals in their sales and clearance sections.

    There are plenty of other shops to find bohemian style clothes for less. Stores like Pac Sun and Forever 21 carry many floral pants and tops, tribal print dresses and crochet cropped tops. There are also many online boutiques, such as Sin, that carry bohemian-influenced clothes for cheaper prices.

    So if you are like me and are feeling eternal sorrow from not being able to attend Coachella, don’t feel like you can’t still take some inspiration from its fashion. Throw on a tribal print dress, put on a live session of your favorite band and pretend you are there. We’ll cross it off our bucket lists one day.

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