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Best Coachella Festival Style Of All Time

Allison Selick |
April 7, 2014 | 1:31 a.m. PDT

Style Editor

It's that time again- Coachella. The first annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took place in 1999. Ever since, musicians, everyday people and celebrities alike have flocked to the desert for three days of rock, indie, hip hop and electronic music. With models starting an entire Coachella-based fashion genre, (now called "festival style") the killer lineup serves as a soundtrack to the desert runway. Here, we take a look back at the best Coachella festival style of all time. 

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Sheer madness (Polyvore @Allison61)
Sheer madness (Polyvore @Allison61)

Sheer Madness

A range of sheer garments have been seen at Coachella. Try going all-out with a head-to-toe sheer dress and contrasting bralette/high-waisted panty, a la this lovely lady snapped by Elle Mexico. In 2013, Vogue found a natural beauty wearing an empire-waisted lace dress, layered over a midnight slip. The lace theme is carried out through a white blazer with black lace detail. A long-sleeve lace top carries your look into the chilly evening. 

Other music fans wore full-coverage dresses with sheer hems. This woman paired hers with a floral headband, while this woman captured by NY Mag in 2012 wore a wide-brimmed hat to keep off the harsh desert sun.

Bold colors (Polyvore @Allison61)
Bold colors (Polyvore @Allison61)
Bold Color

Just because it's the desert doesn't mean you should be forced to stick to bland, hippie colors. Concert-goers have been seen wearing mixes of fluorescent crimson, cobalt, orchid and citrine. In 2012, New York Magazine captured a striking beauty wearing a fire engine red side-slit maxi (see top left). Bold colors also look great on short dresses, especially when paired with neutral accessories (see top right).

A similar bold pattern/short dress combination worked in 2011, on an eggplant shift (see bottom right). Want more purple? Try a flowing maxi dress, a la the crowned lady featured in Harper's Bazaar last spring (see bottom left). 

Animal prints (Polyvore @Allison61)
Animal prints (Polyvore @Allison61)
Welcome to the jungle

Do anything but blend in in an assortment of animal-inspired prints. During the 2012 festivities, celebrities Kate Bosworth and Emma Watson stepped out in tiger prints. Bosworth worth a printed tee from Mulberry's fall collection. Watson also wore Mulberry to the brand's BBQ pool party. Both paired their looks with cross body micro bags. 

Everyday fashionistas sported natural gear as well. In 2012, this music fan wore a cheetah-printed maxi, and even paired it with a matching backpack. Try cheek stripes and low combat boots to fit with the wild look.

Matching separates (Polyvore @Allison61)
Matching separates (Polyvore @Allison61)
Just a set up 

While the music was booming, concert-goers enjoyed a different kind of set. Many decided to show a little bit of abs with sets of matching separates. Though one woman wore a sunny, floral printed set in 2012, 2013 was the year of the separates. Florals were a mainstay, whether on shorts, skirts or bralettes. One fan took the mod route and wore geometric eye-printed pants. Even Katy Perry got in on the trend, wearing a printed bralette and skirt by Dolce & Gabbana.    

Florals (Polyvore @Allison61)
Florals (Polyvore @Allison61)

Desert rose (or daisy) 

Though it might seem far from nurturing, florals are nothing new in the desert. Coachella is just a sea of girls in daisy headbands. But these concert-goers wore florals in more unique ways.

Gorgeous gals in 2012 and 2013 wore cutout daisy-printed dresses. Take more of a metropolitan twist on the natural print with a sculpted floral blazer over a black maxi, like this lady did at last year's show. If you would rather keep the flowers blooming closer to your face, try a pair of daisy sunglasses

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