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ACL Fest Style Guide: Fashion inspiration from Florence, Neil Young and The Black Keys

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From hipster to ethereal to grunge to all-American, this year’s ACL Festival headliners are a diverse bunch bursting with style inspiration.

Here are some outfit options based on four kick-ass headliners that I’m particularly excited to see this weekend. Don’t let your desire to be comfortable affect your opportunity to look fabulous — you have 70,000 people to impress after all.

The Black Keys: Hipster Meets Rock n' Roll

When I think The Black Keys, I think dark, smoky bar with an old juke box. But... I also think, mini vans and playgrounds. The duo walks the fashion line between rock n' roll and hipster, mixing leather, plaid and vintage baseball tees like it’s nobody’s business.

To pull off this look, combine pair of thick-rimmed glasses (in honor of drummer Patrick Carney), a leather jacket, skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors.

Florence + The Machine: The Ethereal Beauty

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine — the only female headliner this year — is a beauty and an inspiration. Her ethereal style, fiery red lips and hair and powerful singing voice make her something along the lines of irresistible.

Ideally, I would become her, but dressing like her might an easier option (or a good starting point, at least). Our leading lady loves to rock gold, tan, black, and lace, and isn’t afraid of a little sparkle. For those of you hoping to channel Florence’s style, try combining a flowing, lacy dress with a beaded jacket, booties and gold jewelry.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: '90s Grunge

The Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t necessarily a '90s band, but I was really into Under the Bridge when I was a kid, so I will always pair this band with the dream of the '90s. Pull out that RHCP asterisk logo t-shirt (that you bought at Hot Topic) from the back of your closest, and pair it with a short, high-waisted skirt or high-waisted denim cut-offs. Knee socks and thigh highs are also welcome.

Top your outfit off (literally) with a bowler hat, cigarette and an “over it” expression. If you’re feeling especially grungy, replace the jean jacket with a flannel button-down and tie that bad boy around your waist.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: The All-American

My my, hey hey. Listening to Neil Young makes me want to grab the nearest pair of Levis and salute the American flag. This harmonica-playing legend exudes a classic all-American sensibility that’s always in style. Young’s style has remained fairly consistent throughout his career: no frills, and sometimes he wears a hat.

A simple button-down, distressed leather jacket, and straight-leg jeans are all you really need. Mutton chops are optional.

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