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Staying Cool at Coachella

  • Najib Benouar

Coachella

Nothing brings out a gentleman’s most pragmatic sense of personal style more than facing the hot, hot heat.

And with Coachella kicking off its two-weekend run of concerts in the sweltering California desert tomorrow, there’s no better place to witness this firsthand—especially onstage, where true wills of sartorial resolve are tested.

Which is why there are some valuable lessons to be learned from those who manage to maintain a rakish poise even when performing high-kicks in the unforgiving desert sun. (Hint: sometimes you’ve got to embrace the sweatiness.) So we present to you...

The rock star’s guide to stylishly dealing with extreme heat.

Leonard Cohen boldly opts for a black suit—but his secret is that it’s cut in a feathery-light cotton.Leonard Cohen

Sometimes a silk women’s blouse is the right choice. (If your name is Kanye West.)Kanye West

Do not underestimate the power of a T-shirt and jeans. We repeat: a T-shirt and jeans.T-shirt and Jeans

Frank Ocean opts for a particularly stylish head-bandana and band-collar shirt.Frank Ocean

Fred Macpherson of Spector is doing everything right here. Take note.Fred Macpherson

David Guetta subscribes to the “don’t let them see you sweat” school of thought with this fully zipped leather jacket. That works, too.David Guetta

On the other hand, you could just own it like Jarvis Cocker.Jarvis Cocker

Linen and short sleeves are your friends, as perfectly embodied by Martin Courtney of Real Estate.Martin Courtney

And don’t forget to pack a light jacket in case of an unseasonably cool weather shift.Jackets

—N.B.