Stagecoach outfits are a crucial element of this beloved California country music festival. Every year, Stagecoach fashion helps set the mood for this massive, three-day fest. Inspired by their favorite country musicians, fans from across the country pull out their finest western-inspired clothes to enjoy live music at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif.
Keep reading for tips on what to wear to Stagecoach this year (for both girls and guys). You can also view a collection of past Stagecoach outfits when you jump to the bottom of the page.
Dress for the Weather
With average highs in the upper 80s and average lows in the 60s, weather in Indio, Calif., can change drastically from midday to midnight, as well as from day to day. Your best bet for the daytime is light-colored, lightweight clothing. Make sure it’s something you’ll be comfortable wearing for a full day outside. Since the nights can get chilly in Indio, it’s not a bad idea to bring a jacket or flannel to layer on top.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re wearing comfortable, durable shoes. The terrain is not very smooth at Empire Polo Field, and things can get messy when thousands of people convene in one spot for three days.
Pro-Tip: Sunscreen is a must in the California desert. You can bring your own from home, but make sure it’s non-aerosol. (Security will make you toss out any aerosol containers at the festival entrance.)
What to Expect in Stagecoach Fashion
Stagecoach fashion is definitely one-of-a-kind. Put country music lovers in the California desert and you’ll get some interesting (and some outrageous) outfits. Expect to see lots of cowboy boots and hats, American flag apparel, and swimsuits on both men and women.
For Girls: With the warm weather, lots of female Stagecoach outfits include jean shorts (think Daisy Dukes) and tank tops. Some even opt for just swimsuit tops to battle the midday heat. There’s also a strong tradition of wearing western-inspired dresses, particularly in colors like white or dusty rose.
For Guys: Take the cowboy theme into serious consideration if you’re planning men’s Stagecoach outfits. Jeans, plaid button downs, cowboy boots, and even cowboy hats are fixtures of Stagecoach fashion. American flag-themed apparel is also pretty abundant. In past years, guys have worn American flag swimming trunks, bro tanks, socks, sunglasses, and even fanny packs to Stagecoach.
View some of our favorite Stagecoach outfits via our Pinterest board below.