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Summer Festival Style 2014: Capes, Crochet and More

A preview of the fashions you’ll see parading around fields for the rest of fest season

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Coachella sets the mood for the summer — and, more importantly, the summer festival circuit. It's where stylish young things first go to dance and dehydrate, like canaries in a coal mine: If these attendees survived the desert heat of Indio, California, without sacrificing their damn good fashion sense, odds are other festival-goers will follow suit. The following are some of the trends we can expect to see everywhere from Bonnaroo to Electric Daisy — or any of our other 40 must-see fests. By Phoebe Reilly

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Hippie Chic

If there were ever an official festival uniform, the updated-hippie look these ladies are rocking would definitely be it. Cutoffs? Check. Those magical-sprite bandanas that will not quit? Check. Bikini tops? Always. And tie-dye everything, of course. Props to the blonde on the left for going in a slightly different direction with some suspender/harness action. She's as close as Coachella comes to business casual.

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Crochet King

Fabrics don't get more breathable than crocheted-knit, although puzzling tan lines may result. Native American-inspired headgear has for years been appropriated by festival-goers, although the braided extension is a less-common twist. In any case, the monochromatic getup suggests this guy was ready to be one with the desert.

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High Style

Allegiance for a drug of choice (or at least this drug of choice) is pretty de rigueur, but the crossover bag for storing those festival essentials — that's just smart thinking. 

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Smokey and the Bandit

The stick-up steez is mostly sandstorm-proofing, but that probably won't stop hipsters from trying it out in, like, Chicago for Lollapalooza.

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Stars and Stripes

America, fuck yeah. This is a country that will provide you with a chill-out tent for when you get way too high listening to Shlomo. Show some respect.

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Practical Matters

This is not his first festival. He's got the hat to block the sun, a bandana to catch the sweat, shades, and a roomy dose of brand loyalty.  (You never know when you might be a candidate for some free goodies.)

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Caped Crusaders

Capes! You know what? They're removable. Need a blanket to sit on? Use your cape. Getting chilly after the sunset? Use your cape. Want to feel like you can fly? Do NOT use your cape.