She Leads, You Follow: CMA Awards Edition

It was country music’s night to celebrate as the red carpet was rolled out on Nov. 4 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee for the 49th annual CMA Awards. The awards recognize the top country performers and radio personalities across the nation, but the red carpet prior to the award show certainly recognized the impeccable fashion of these superstars.

Catching our eye first in a bright coral dress was Carrie Underwood, who entered the awards in a Gauri & Nainika peplum gown with a deep v-neckline, says EOnline. She completed her red carpet ensemble with what Us Magazine says is an ear cuff and earrings by Anne Sisteron and Stuart Weitzman heels.

Living up to her name, Jewel wore a shimmery Lorena Sarbu bodycon dress down the CMAs red carpet, says EOnline. She completed her look with silver strappy sandals, a metallic clutch and loose, dramatic waves.

Former frontwoman of Sugarland Jennifer Nettles stunned on the red carpet in what was probably the sexiest look of the night. The “That Girl” singer strut her stuff in a pale pink dress with a revealing mesh-covered bodice, which she topped off with a dramatic, upswept hairdo.

Changing things up in an all-black ensemble was The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry, who showed some leg in what TLC says is an Anthony Vaccarello design. The one-sleeve gown also featured an open-gromet side detail that revealed little peeks of skin in addition to showing all that leg.

Although these ladies are dressed for country music’s biggest award show, there are several things from their looks that we can apply to the way we dress everyday:

  1. The power of a peplum – Carrie Underwood’s dress shows us the power of a peplum, as well as its versatility. A peplum, or that small flounce of material gathered around her waist, is a great way to accentuate your waist and draw attention to your natural curves, while also hiding anything that you may be uncomfortable about. While we normally see peplums on tops or even jackets, Underwood’s look shows us that peplums can be worn in a variety of garments, from a casual top to a formal gown like hers. If you want to try a peplum in your wardrobe, start with a simple peplum top; be sure that the peplum starts at your natural waist and has enough volume to flow outwards to the top of your hips.
  2. Noticeable necklines – All of these country songstresses wore dresses with interesting necklines; Carrie Underwood, Jewel and Jennifer Nettles all went for plunging styles, while Kimberly Perry opted for an asymmetrical look. What all of these different neckline styles have in common, however, is that they frame each woman’s face while also creating a focal point of the outfit. If you want to try an interesting neckline, start with an asymmetrical design (like a one-shoulder style) and then work up to the more daring styles as you feel comfortable and as the occasion permits. And don’t forget — high necklines can be just as dramatic as plunging looks!
  3. Take a risk – Another thing all of these looks have in common is that they are all pretty daring; between the necklines, the skirt styles and the embellishments, they all have dramatic, eye-catching details. What these ladies can teach us is that sometimes, you just have to take a risk in your fashion choices; don’t be afraid to wear something that strays from what you’d normally wear, because you’ll never know if you like something different until you try it.

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