Hailey Bieber’s Stylist Karla Welch Talks Festival Style

Supermodel Hailey Bieber, 25, has been a fixture at Coachella for years. She usually attends the Palm Springs music festival in laid-back looks with a nostalgic fashion slant; think ’90s-inspired graphic tees mixed with cutoffs, or crop tops and cargo pants accessorized with body chains. For Bieber’s
festival outfits, stylist Karla Welch — who also counts Justin Bieber and Tracee Ellis Ross as clients — often thrifts and sources items from her personal closet. That process inspired Welch’s new partnership with secondhand retailer ThredUp on an edit of festival clothes ranging from printed denim to vintage tops.

“The fashion from shows like ‘Euphoria’ will definitely influence the trends people test out at festivals.”

The collaboration couldn’t come at a better time, as festival season is proving to be one of the fashion industry’s most wasteful periods. ThredUp recently commissioned a festival-fashion survey, conducted from retail analytics firm GlobalData and profiling 2,000 American adults over 18. They found that half of this year’s festival-goers plan to buy a new outfit, one in three shoppers say they’ll only wear their purchase once, and 40 percent of the Gen Z population deem it unlikely they’ll rewear whatever they buy. Welch hopes to show these shoppers that they can still prioritize sustainability while crafting their festival wardrobes.

Thrifting is key for sourcing fashion in an eco-friendly way, Welch tells POPSUGAR. “The best way to thrift is to be open to what you discover and let the items find you,” she advises, noting that she loves hunting for the perfect pair of secondhand jeans and prefers Levi’s orange tabs and 501s. “You never know what you’ll find, so you have to keep an open mind.”

Alongside lots of denim, Welch’s festival mood board includes oversize blazers, moto jackets, grunge boots, and the perfect white tee — all classic, time-honored staples. There is one passing festival fashion trend, however, she’s excited about this season. “The fashion from shows like ‘Euphoria’ will definitely influence the trends people test out at festivals,” she says.

Ahead of her collection launch, Welch shares her top three festival styling secrets for 2022, as illustrated by Bieber’s looks at Coachella. Click through for her best fashion advice.

Image Source: Courtesy of ThredUpAbove: Stylist Karla Welch arranges her donated festival season staples for ThredUp.