Channeling: Karen O's Wild Stage Style In Everyday Duds

When we picture ourselves having a big moment on stage, in front of a roaring crowd, about to release an onslaught of beautiful vocals — typically the kind of scene we only find in our dreams — you can bet we're taking a page or two from Karen O's stylebook. The lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is perhaps the queen of modern-day, onstage, rock-star style, as she takes to the mic in wildly colorful, avant-garde ensembles that are in no short supply of embellishment or attitude.
While O may have costume designer Christian Joy to thank for her bevy of electrifying ensembles, her fearless looks are still easily translatable in real life. And, on the heels of her showstopping Coachella weekend performance, we've pulled together the perfect shopping list that allows you to channel O's adventurous and inspired style, with or without the sea of admiring fans.
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Leather and studs: the stuff that rock-'n'-roll dreams are made of. Paired with a pretty wild — or make that pretty and wild — graffiti print, our interpretation of this look can make for the perfect party outfit when worn together.

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Dorothy Perkins Graffiti Print Dress, $29, available at Dorothy Perkins.
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ASOS Limited Edition Leather Studded Sleeve Biker, $124.69, available at ASOS.
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Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color, $32, available at
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Jonathan Aston Siren Spot Insert Tights, $21, available at Motel Rocks.
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Here's O delivering her power vocals in an equally powerful suit. An easy way to break up her wow-factor ensemble is to separate the trends. Fringe, embellishments, and bold shades can be just as rad when worn separately.

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Karl Lagerfeld Attens crystal-embellished leather gloves, $109, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Marni Blazer, $590, available at Yoox.
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Mango Bow Crepé Trousers, $59.99, available at Mango.
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e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner, $2.55, available at Target.
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Okay, if we had this bejeweled, embroidered, bright-as-can-be short suit in our wardrobe, we'd gladly take if for a spin. Since we're not rock stars yet, thankfully, we can still channel all that energy in everyday-appropriate pieces.

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Topshop Tall Stretch Crop Top, $16, available at Topshop.
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Juicy Couture Printed Polka Dot Jean Jacket, $158, available at Juice Couture; Juicy Couture Printed Polka Dot Shorts, $88, available at Juicy Couture.
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MaxMara Studio Elenice scarf, $236, available at MaxMara.
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Guess Joan Studded High-Top Sneakers, $89, available at Guess.