Fashion Desk: 2013 CMA Awards

Taylor Swift 2013 CMA

She Said:

“Country Music’s Biggest Night”, the 47th Annual CMA awards was a night filled with not only the best of country music, but also the best of country fashion. There were sequins and beads, and winners and losers, on both the podium and the red carpet. Let’s take a look at how the ladies were styled for the evening!

Successes

 sheryl crow 2013 CMA Awards - Arrivals

Sheryl Crow in Ralph Lauren

Black and gold looks very chic and exotic when paired. I love the jeweled neckline and easy lines of the dress. Her hair, makeup and jewelry compliment this look nicely.

Kimberly Williams Paisley 2013 CMA

Kimberly Williams-Paisley

The silhouette is simple, the fit is perfect and it’s an elegant sparkly gown- fabulous! The hair and makeup work well with it. The jewelry pieces don’t match each other or the outfit, but overall this is a great look.

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Lucy Hale in Julien McDonald

I love this floaty sand colored dress. The layered hem and slight train help make this dress fun and formal. I love the beading at the neckline (again and always)- it’s like finding beautiful and free jewelry.  Her clutch and shoes both perfectly complete this look.

47th CMA Awards - Arrivals

Lennon and Maisy Stella

Good job, girls! You may be some of the youngest people on the red carpet, but you look great. These looks are each appropriate and are also fun. The hair and makeup styles are still age appropriate being very soft and minimal.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer in Theia

I love this dress. The contrast between a full print skirt and a beautiful simple top is one of my all-time favorite looks. (I even wore a full pink skirt with a black t-shirt to the party after our wedding!)

Kimberly Perry

Kimberly Perry in Johanna Johnson

How beautiful is this! The shape and fabric of this gown are just lovely. The elegant floral embroidery is so exquisite. Her beautiful hair is well coiffed and her makeup, especially her lipstick, is lovely.  This look is tied for best dress of the night!

Taylor Swift 2013 CMA

Taylor Swift in Elie Saab

Oh Taylor! This is so beautiful! The red is so rich the beading is such a delicate contrast. The shape of the dress is so striking. Her hair, makeup and jewelry are spot on. She deserves a Pinnacle award for fashion too! This dress is my other pick for best dress of the night.

Messes

Carrie Underwood in Ralph & Russo couture

I don’t like this dress. It’s too sheer, too short, and too gold. The whole look is just way too tacky Las Vegas for me.

Kacey Musgraves 2013 CMA

Kacey Mugraves in Blumarine

I want to like this dress because I love roses. But the scale of the dress underneath (which also doesn’t fit properly) doesn’t feel in proportion to the floral overdress.  The under dress should be longer and fit better. Her hair looks nice. But, her makeup doesn’t work because it’s just washing her out.

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Cassadee Pope in Jovani

I love Cassadee, but this dress makes me sad for her. Color blocking and seaming can be slenderizing if they are executed properly. However, the lines and shape of this dress, coupled with a very ugly fabric, add a lot of bulk to the waist and hips. Isn’t that what all women want? No!  We love design details that make us look slimmer! Cassadee’s hair looks great, as does her makeup. I hope she can get a better gown and stylist before the next award show.

 

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Brandy Clark

First of all, this coral blouse with Christmas garland trim is extremely ugly. Second, the CMA’s are country music’s biggest award show. Even if you aren’t nominated, this outfit is much too casual for where she’s wearing it. You can be a woman and look perfectly elegant in pants (see Jane Lynch, Robin Roberts, etc.), but the outfit has to look special and this does not.  Also her hair is also very unflattering. I really feel bad that someone put this look together and would appear as an artist looking so mismatched and disheveled.

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Audrey Peeples

This looks like a high school, wannabe Goth, homecoming ensemble.  I don’t know what appealed to her about the outfit, but I hope she can get some styling help for the future.  There are definitely ways to dress in a more unique and even funky style and still be red carpet appropriate.

Almost Successes

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Karen Fairchild

The color of the dress is pretty and I appreciate how elegant and modest it is. But, something about the neckline looks funny, like a napkin. Her hair is WONDERFUL! If the neckline was better resolved this look would have name a winner.

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Chaley Rose

The shape of this dress is very beautiful (as her hair, it’s gorgeous), but the blue sequin animal print is not. If the dress were done in either a solid color or even a solid sequin color it would have looked much better.

Lauren Alaina 2013 CMA

Lauren Alaina

This dress is okay. But, the placement of the waistline makes her look a little bottom-heavy. If the waistline were raised and the volume of the skirt slightly adjusted this look would have been much better.

He Said:

Events like the CMA Awards are what make me enjoy covering men’s red carpet fashion.  This is a pretty formal award show, so there is a higher level of class.  At the same time men in country music seem to be better overall at taking sensible risks.  Not that there isn’t some bad outfits.  It was a bad night for shiny clothes, and  

ill-fitting garments.  But it is always a good night for vests, and ties and shirts that are the same color.

Successes

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Luke Bryan- There’s an exception to every rule.  That’s what Luke Bryan shows in this jacket that is shiny, but still works.  The trick to making it work is the design on the jacket, and the black pants that ground the whole outfit.

 2013 CMA Miranda Lambert , Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton-This is a great outfit that I would wear in a minute.  A great use of both a vest, and the matching shirt and tie.

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Jason Aldean- Jason has definitely graduated to a success with this look.  The vest and jacket have a great taupe color, and the hat is a great person touch.

Craig Campbell 2013 CMA

Craig Campbell- Classic country award show style is on display with Craig’s toned down look.  This is classy and elegant, and has a matching cowboy hat!

Messes

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Brett Eldridge- Brett show off everything that is wrong with menswear right now with this outfit that is both all shiny, and way too tight.

Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus

Rascal Flatts-All of these guys suits are too shiny.  Gary LeVox would have slid on my maybe list by himself with his lacy (another word I never thought I’d have to use writing about men) shiny jacket.  Joe Don Rooney (left) looks like he’s wearing a too loose version of John Travolta’s suit from Saturday Night Fever.  Jay DeMarcus (right) didn’t fair too much better with a jacket that has sparkly sleeves, and a matte black torso, and on top of it all, he didn’t tuck in his shirt either.

Brantley Gilbert 2013 CMA

Brantley Gilbert-Recycling a look that Jason Aldean would have worn last year, Brantley looks like he didn’t know he was going to be coming to an awards show.  It’s just inappropriate.

Almost Successes

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Jason Mraz- There’s a lot to like about what Jason is wearing here.  The color palette makes sense.  It looks dressed up and casual all at the same time.  My problem is with the fit.  The pants are too tight and cut too low (I never thought I’d have to use that phrase talking about men’s pants) as evidenced by the tie coming up a little short.  I’m also not a fan of the square tie.

Easton Corbin 2013 CMA

Easton Corbin- Corbin really shines (literally) in this monochromatic look.  It’s got a great fit and I love the vest, but it’s just too shiny.

Dustin Lynch 2013 CMA awards

Dustin Lynch- Shininess once again ruins an outfit.  Otherwise, this is a pretty good suit and shirt.  I don’t think the hat is even appropriate.

So that’s the CMA Awards red carpet for 2013.  There was some good, and there was some bad.  Did we miss any of your favorites?  Any of our choices you disagree with?  Let us know in the comments below.

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