When Carrie Underwood won American Idol in 2005, she became a celebrity overnight and her fashion choices soon became a topic of discussion for many style experts. She entered the spotlight as a sweet Oklahoma girl who favored acid-washed jeans and evolved into a Grecian-gown-wearing country music star placed on multiple best-dressed lists. Emulate her versatile style according to your personal preferences.
Post American-Idol Carrie
Underwood began experimenting with her style after winning American Idol, showing up in 2006 at the “Today Show” in a paisley dress, leather sash and brown leather cowboy boots. These cowboy boots would soon become a staple in her wardrobe, pairing them with everything from knee-length mermaid skirts to strapless jersey dresses. Get the brown cowboy boots and leather belt, then throw them on with a knee-length, loose-fitting summer dress. Underwood isn’t often seen in pants, so stick with feminine girly looks to wear with your boots.
Country Music Star Carrie
There’s rarely a country singer who doesn’t have an American flag motif somewhere in her wardrobe, and Underwood is no exception. For the 2012 CMA music festival in Nashville, she wore an American flag halter top with a pair of sequined short shorts. For the same festival in 2013, her patriotic shorts were printed with the flag. Carrie has adopted micro shorts as her signature — even wearing a pair of metallic micro shorts under a cape during her 43rd Annual CMA Awards performance. Make short shorts a staple in your wardrobe and wear them with just about anything.
It wasn’t until the 50th annual Grammy Awards that Carrie Underwood truly came into her own with a much applauded Zuhair Murad dress. The floral print gown earned her a spot on many best-dressed lists and cemented her place as a tastemaker. Since then, she often appears in flowy, vibrant color, halter-style dresses that loosely caress her body. She’ll also don a body-hugging gown, replete with fringes, sequins or rhinestones. Copy her style with body-flattering flowing dresses in bright, solid colors or colorful prints. Don’t shy away from metallic colors — Underwood doesn’t, and neither should you.
Every Day Carrie
If your day-to-day life doesn’t involve performing country music in front of millions of adoring fans or dressing to the nines at award shows, try Underwood’s regular daily attire. When not in leggings with sweatshirts, Carrie continues to show off her well-toned legs in shorts or short skirts. She pairs them with over-sized blouses and a pair of fun heels, often open toes. Another daily Underwood look you can adopt is an oversized short dress in a light fabric. Wear loose or cinch at the waist with a belt — Carrie does both.
References and ResourcesBillboard: Carrie Underwood's Fashion Evolution
Stylelist: Carrie Underwood's Style Transformation
Seventeen: Carrie Underwood Transforms Her Style
Red Carpet Fashion Awards: Carrie Underwood