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Looking Back On Karen O's Off-Stage Style Evolution

The singer's style on and off stage are two very different beasts.

While performing live on stage, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has maintained a memorable style for almost two decades, full of over-the-top costumes that she herself admits made performing a little more difficult and stressful than normal. Her off-stage style, however, is surprisingly more subtle for the woman who made a habit of spitting water all over herself during shows.

"A lot of Christian [Joy]'s costumes are really impractical to wear," she told Elle in 2017, referring to her longtime costume designer. "My tit would pop out the side of it and I'd be trying to keep it up the whole time. It was kind of like our ongoing fighting and struggling with each other. It was the opposite of worrying about, 'Do I look pretty in that?' It was on a completely different planet."

Perhaps it's because her on-stage costumes were the result of much internal stress that Karen O has opted for a drastically simpler style in her personal life, choosing pantsuits and mini-dresses over anything more complicated. Her red carpet style has remained classic and straightforward, though it's gotten slightly more tailored and refined over the years.

Below, see Karen O's full red carpet style evolution.

At the MTV Movie Awards in June 2004Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
At the MTV VMAs in August 2004SGranitz/WireImage
At the 'After Innocence' screening in October 2005Chance Yeh /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
At the 'Where The Wild Things Are' premiere in October 2009Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images
At the annual Film Benefit at MoMA in November 2010T.C. Meggs/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
At the annual Film Benefit at MoMA in November 2011Eugene Gologursky/WireImage
At 'Rocked: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition' by Mick Rock in December 2011Michael N. Todaro/WireImage
At the Oscars in March 2014Ethan Miller/WireImage
At the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic
At the 'Suspiria' premiere in October 2018Steve Granitz/WireImage
At the launch of Frieze LA in February 2019Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Matches Fashion