So, maybe we don’t all have the means to end up at Coachella this year, but you don’t have to have tickets to the biggest music festival to look the part! The Coachella, bohemian style is a total hit when the weather warms up, even if you are just having brunch around town. It’s also a really fun style to bring into your senior session, and you can add a little polish and elegance to make it suitable for your epic photoshoot. But, those bohemian duds can really add up, thanks to many people scouring vintage shops for those special pieces. Here’s our best advice to finding the best items to boost your closet to festival-worthy:



-Free People isn’t the only brand out there: When you think of a festival look, many bloggers and laypeople alike head straight for Free People. Don’t get us wrong, we ADORE the gorgeous looks they are putting out, but when it comes to our pocketbooks…ouch. Remember that you don’t have to be brand loyal when it comes to saving money, and there are several brands that echo the same look as Free People. One boutique we love is Roolee. It’s online, it ships fast from Utah, and it has several tops, tunics, shoes, and dresses that would totally pass for items that would cost 10x as much. Check out these Yoko Flats, which are a pretty good dupe for the infamous Royale flat. 

-Start with the right foundation: No look is perfect unless you start with the basics, and work your way up from there. What we mean by that is: always make sure that you have proper undergarments, and well-fitted tanks, camis, leggings, and jeans to be your basis. When your bra, underwear, or shapewear fit properly, your outer items will fit better and can really improve the look cheaper pieces of clothing. If you need to, invest in a great pair of Spanx, and a professionally-fitted bra. You’d be surprised what a difference these can make when you begin to layer on those tops and dresses. And, there is no replacement for a great, sturdy pair of jeans that make you feel amazing. We highly recommend the Danny high-rise jean from Madewell. Yes, they are pricey, but they will become your everyday wear, and are well worth the money.

-Proportions are key: When you begin building festival looks, it’s important to remember to use the right proportions. If you have tight, minimal denim shorts, you can get away with a looser, flowing top with lots of details and embroidery. If you are sporting a longer maxi with cool sleeves, add chunky, neutral colored shoes to incorporate texture and height. Remember to stick with 1-2 statement pieces, so you don’t look tacky or distracting. 

-When it comes to makeup, look for the drugstore dupes: Makeup can be a huge piece that takes up your whole budget. Before you know it, you’ve spent $100-$200 at Ulta or Sephora and you haven’t even gotten to your wardrobe yet. We highly recommend looking at YouTube and other beauty blogger sites to find drugstore dupes (like this one) and splurging only on your foundation and skincare. This is especially true if you are buying specific makeup looks for your boho stylings, and not for everyday wear. 

-Shop secondhand: Yes, it’s true, and we know you probably have heard it before, but secondhand is the way to go. Not only is it better for the environment and more socially responsible, you’re more likely to find the pieces that will become the envy of your friends; that one of a kind leather jacket, a pair of wooden clogs, huarache sandals, or seventies vintage glasses. You will also pay much less, even at an upscale vintage shop, than you would brand-new for items that have not withstood the test of time. If you don’t have any local shops that you enjoy, check out online retailers like thredUp and Poshmark for the ability to shop and have them shipped to you.