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We recreated seven celebrity looks.

The arrival of spring doesn't just mean posing on the ‘gram in your best sundress at the park. Most importantly, it means music festivals — including the granddaddy of them all, Coachella — are almost here! Yup, get prepared for tons of flower crowns, glitter, and boho-chic to clog up your social media feeds soon.

Since music festivals have such a strong impact on millennial fashion and culture, Nicola and I decided it was time to try out our best Coachella looks. That meant throwing away our standard head-to-toe New York City black and going for laid-back, skin-baring florals, as well as facing some serious fashion and body image fears. 

Here's how we attempted to embrace festival fashion, minus the cultural appropriation that plagues festival season every. single. year.

Watch our festival transformations video and keep scrolling for more photos and how we edited our looks to be more respectful of all cultures. 

Nicola, who is a size 14 in jeans, admitted Coachella style is too colorful for her. Plus, she's not down with all the cultural theft music festivals are known for.

all black outfit plus size
photo: Revelist/Alexa D'Argenio

As a size 8/10 in jeans, I knew I wouldn't face the same limitations on finding festival fashion, but I did feel somewhat out of place as a Black woman in a white space. 

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photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

Look, I KNOW there are POC at music festivals, but they're usually few and far between. I was excited to try festival style, since, like Nicola, I exclusively wear all-black, but I was also hesitant because I wish I saw more people who looked like me at those festivals. 

The first look Nicola recreated was singer Maggie Lindemann's bright yellow outfit.

Nicola loved Lindemann's pose because it personified Calabasas cool. "Look, Maggie Lindemann knows that her game is to get in, hit her poses, and get out. Might not be my style but at least she’s proud of her extra-ness," she said. 

Although Nicola was nervous to try on this VERY bright outfit, she was actually surprised at how much she loved it! 

nicola revelist calabasas
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

"I was very afraid of the yellow in this outfit, but once I discovered how comfortable it all was, I forgot all about it," she said. Nicola liked the simple color palette of this outfit, which was a good start to getting her out of her comfort zone. 

Since she's about 5'11," she was excited to find the length of the shorts were great.

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Yellow shorts ($20, Old Navy

"The shorts were just high-waisted, baggy, and long enough — which is a rarity for someone my height," she said.

She also understood the functionality of carrying a fanny pack. "Lightweight and hands-free storage is a must in an environment like Coachella, so I was a FAN," she exclaimed.

Instead of leaning into cultural appropriation territory with the bandanna, Nicola wore a yellow baseball cap and matching tinted aviator sunglasses

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Yellow sunglasses ($9.99, Amazon

After posing in the bold colors, Nicola revealed the new look was growing on her. 

nicola calabasas outfit
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

"What made this color work for me was the fact that it was monochromatic. The reason I wear so much black is because it guarantees you won’t clash colors," she said. "That being said, I guess I could wear something similar to this, but maybe in a tone that’s a little more complementary to my pale skin."

Next, Nicola recreated Coachella Queen Vanessa Hudgens' boho look, and BOY, was she not thrilled about it.

"Vanessa’s style is also completely different than mine, and her Coachella style is what influences the entirety of Coachella style to begin with," she explained. "She’s certainly way too boho for my taste and therefore, I was not excited." Begrudgingly, Nicola suited up in a sea of florals.

Although Nicola KILLED this recreation, she still felt out of her all-black element.

Coachella flower child
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

She wouldn't wear this outfit for myriad reasons: "The denim shorts, floral top, and lace throw were all things high school Nicola would’ve worn, and I don’t know her anymore," she said. "She was confused and had no idea what her style was."

Nicola noted how finding a crop top like Vanessa's for curvy women was a challenge. 

Coachella flower child
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

"It is near impossible to find a crop top like Hudgens’ in this photo for a plus-size person — even a relatively small (size 14) plus-size person like me," she noted.

Rather than rolling it up into a crop top, Nicola chose to wear her top at its regular length as a personal stylistic choice.

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photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

"At the end of the day, though, I was glad we went with a longer top because I just wouldn’t want my stomach hanging out like that in such a crowded and muggy environment," she explained.

To keep with the Chella cool look, Nicola wore a red flower crown

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Red flower crown ($7.99, Amazon

Jewelry is in abundance at Coachella, so Nicola wore a gold necklace just like Hudgens'.

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Statement necklace ($8.99, Amazon

At the end of the day, Nicola would not put this outfit on her body ever again. 

Coachella flower child
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

"I didn't feel comfortable in this look, but that’s mostly because I just didn’t feel like myself," she said. "The clothing itself was OK, but I wasn’t crazy about how any of it fit, either."

Nicola and I then transformed into Kylie and Kendall Jenner in an all-black look. 

FINALLY, head-to-toe black. Nicola and I felt at home. 

"For someone whose entire brand revolves around luxury cars and body-con dresses, Kylie’s take on music festival fashion was shockingly laid-back," Nicola said. 

Coachella black outfit
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

Nicola was a fan of the outfit. "First and foremost, it was black," she said. "Also, it was very flowy and totally appropriate for sweating outdoors and walking around a lot." BLESS.

The fanny pack made a comeback again for Nicola in this Kylie Jenner look. 

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Black fanny pack ($29, ASOS

"Black top, black shorts, black boots, black accessories? Oh yeah, I could work with this," she laughed. "If anything, I’d ditch the accessories for comfort purposes, but other than that, I was kind of impressed." 

Nicola LOVED the goth flower crown, even if it was a little extra. 

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Black flower crown ($10.99, Amazon)

"It was superfluous and maybe a little obnoxious," she said. "But I could definitely see myself taking it home and wearing it for… special occasions?"

Overall, Nicola felt comfortable in the look. "In fact, it was the one outfit I didn’t immediately want to change out of," she said. EUREKA! 

As someone who prefers to be more covered up during the summer, I fell in love with the long black lace duster. 

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Lace duster ($29.99, Ashley Stewart

Everyone should have the option to be as covered (or as uncovered) as they'd like at Coachella. It was nice to have the lace duster as a way to be more modest since that's more my taste.

With the early 2000s coming back, I thought Kendall's choice of a tube top was a fun throwback. 

photo: Tobi

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Black tube top ($21, Tobi

Rather than go into bindi territory, I kept the body jewelry on the side of my face. 

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Face gems ($5, Dolls Kill

Because we are NOT doing cultural appropriation at music festivals in 2018. OK? 

What I DEFINITELY disagreed with was the choice of footwear

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T-strap sandals ($24.90, Torrid

Y'all, dirt IS A THING at music festivals. Why would anyone want their toes exposed in a sea of drunken millennials and Porta Potties? I'm way too much of a germaphobe to ever wear sandals to a music festival. 

After trying on this look, Nicola and I agreed that Coachella goth was a look we could enjoy.

Coachella goth outfits
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

Despite us looking NOTHING like Kendall and Kylie, we could definitely get with their all-black look. At least that was one Coachella fashion fear we conquered! 

Then it was time to recreate this Alessandra Ambrosio look, which had me shaking in my boots.

As someone who does not fully fit the Eurocentric ideals of beauty, I was nervous at the thought of mimicking a supermodel who I admire, but don't exactly look like. After all, even off the Victoria's Secret runway, Alessandra Ambrosio can effortlessly command a room (or a music festival in this case). To compare myself to such an esteemed model would take a LOT of guts, and so recreating her style was frankly a mental workout. 

This dress was definitely more low-cut than anything I would wear. 

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Maxi beach dress ($37.50, ASOS

Honestly, while we were shooting I had to keep covertly covering my chest. Growing up, I didn't really wear very low-cut tops, so I wasn't that comfortable with the neckline, despite the fact it was a maxi dress.

Instead of a headpiece that some could construe as cultural appropriation, I chose a bejeweled headband. 

coachella headband
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

Although I don't really layer my jewelry, Ambrosio's look encouraged me to try a new style. 

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Multirow necklace ($13, ASOS

After trying on this look, I realized that I may not look like a supermodel, but I did feel super-fierce. 

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photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

I may not have a pair of Victoria's Secret Angel wings at my disposal, but I did have a similar maxi dress, a brown wig, and a smile. I was glad I tried it! 

After trying one Ambrosio Coachella look, I was ready to face the next. 

Ambrosio's top was a little bit too revealing for me, so I went with a more covered-up version. 

brown outfit
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I thought Ambrosio's top was beautiful, but I didn't think I was ready to walk around with that much exposed. The color ended up surprising me — after being so loyal to the color black, I was surprised this beige worked on me!

To make this outfit a tad more Western, I let my Texan side shine through and added a hat. 

western style coachella
photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

Ambrosio's look was definitely a good interpretation of Western, but I decided to give it my own twist. I had the hat. I had the boots. I had the carefree floral print. What more did I need? 

I LOVED the oversize circle shades, since it was definitely something I could see myself wearing. 

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photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

Then it was time to attempt more of a unicorn look. I was NOT ready to put this much glitter on.

I had mixed emotions regarding this look. On one hand, 8-year-old me would be living my lifelong dream of wearing head-to-toe glitter, but adult-me wasn't quite as into it.

Once I had the outfit on, I was in LOVE with the overall look. 

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photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

This look is SOLELY for a music festival. I couldn't see the individual pieces being worn beyond the grassy fields of dancing millennials.

Once again, I was self-conscious about the length of the shorts

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Shiny shorts ($9.99, Amazon

Sigh. I thought by the last look I wouldn't feel so self-conscious about exposed skin, but it still made me nervous. I'm not sure I would feel comfortable wearing these out in public, but it was good to know that I could wear them and the studio wouldn't burst into flames. 

The flower crown was MASSIVE, so I was surprised I could slay in it. 

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Purple flower crown ($10.99, Amazon

When I took the flower crown out of the packaging, I started having a mini-panic attack. HOW in the WORLD was I going to fit this wreath on my head? But in the end, it somehow really helped bring this look to another level, so I guess you need to take a "more is more" approach when it comes to music festival flower crowns! 

To fully embrace the unicorn lifestyle, I added some body jewels

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Chest piece ($28, Dolls Kill

I wasn't really ready to bring THAT much attention to my décolletage, but I thought the jewels were gorgeous and elevated the look! 

Just like with the Kendall-inspired look, I thought the bold duster was a good way to keep the outfit from baring more skin than what I was comfortable with. 

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Sequin duster ($59.95, Amazon

It would take a very brave soul to wear shorts that tight and shiny, so I felt the white duster was a good way to still channel my inner unicorn without completely sacrificing my comfort level. I would definitely wear the outfit again, but maybe with long blue leggings instead? 

FINAL THOUGHTS: Although we weren't ready to take all of the fashion risks that our celebrity personas did, Coachella fashion helped us see how we can slay several festival trends regardless of our size or race. 

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photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

By the end of the shoot, Nicola and I felt like we had been smothered in flower crowns, glitter, and lots of color, but it still taught us a lot. For Nicola, it helped her realize that she could slay in brighter colors, although she noted the celebrity straight-size looks were challenging to pull off. 

"Plus-size women are certainly better off sticking with clothing they feel best suits their bodies and makes them comfortable," Nicola mused, "rather than trying to meet an impossible ideal of ease and style in a messy, outdoor setting." 

Meanwhile, I had originally thought mimicking the style of a sample-size, non-Black supermodel was kind of intimidating, but by the end of the shoot, I realized that recreating a celebrity Coachella look wasn't about how I measured up to them. It was about realizing that there isn't one "ideal" Coachella style, look, size, or ethnicity. 

So as you gear up for music festival season, do it YOUR way. Whether you feel more comfortable in all black long sleeves or a colorful bikini, just know that there is no wrong Coachella look. (Well, except for cultural appropriation. Let's keep that off the table, OK?)

Most importantly, use any opportunity you get to pose like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in "Step Brothers." 

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photo: Revelist/ Alexa D'Argenio

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