Stars make country fashion accessible
A new generation of country musicians — mostly young and female — is changing the look of fashion in Music City with clothing lines designed with fans in mind.
Fashion has tended to be exaggerated and designed for the screen or the stage. Consider Dolly Parton’s body-hugging denim and rhinestones, Loretta Lynn’s sparkly ball gowns, or Shania Twain’s midriff-bearing leopard outfit.
“I think country artists, mainly women, have always really dressed well,” says Karen Fairchild of the Grammy-winning vocal group Little Big Town. “It’s been overthe-top and full of fabulous sequins and rhinestones, but it also was attractive and endearing. And that’s why if you came to the Grand Ole Opry, you didn’t want to see Dolly walk out in something that wasn’t sparkly. You want her to be Dolly.”