by Shannon Farrell
The CMA Music Festival on September 1st gathered many talented country performers but I found myself too busy looking at the simple and yet innovative styles to take in the combination of fiddles and electric guitars. My favorite looks came from Carrie Underwood, Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts, and Taylor Swift who flashed some new trends but mostly went for simple styles, creating classic looks that never seem to bore us.
Carrie Underwood performed her hit single “Cowboy Casanova,” while wearing a pair of simple Daisy Duke folded jean shorts, a sheer light gray tank top with a white “wife beater” underneath, and absolutely adorable cowboy boots. Although this outfit seems very simple, I was intrigued by the combination of trends and classics. Sheer tops are a new trend that allow layering in warmer weather; this top had a sequin design, another trend this fall season. Cowboy boots are a country classic but this pair stood out to me. The boots had a simple shape but were accentuated by their two tone brown coloring and silver chain with blue gem wrapped around the heel of the boot. The gem was such a simple touch and yet so captivating. And don’t get me started on her LC side braid – Way to go Carrie!
The lead guitarist and harmony singer Joe Don Rooney wore a simple outfit that appeared both classic and rocker when he and his band mates performed for screaming fans. Rooney wore a purple button down shirt with a classic gray vest and matching gray jeans. Although this seems very straightforward he added personal touches that added some trend elements and personal style to his look. One included the newly popular long chain necklace; his was a feather charm gold chain. His other accessory included two blue bandanas that were tied at the end of his sleeves, folded to ¾ length, adding a rocker feel to his classic look. And the swept side bangs just topped it all.
Taylor always comes onstage wearing a girly dress that showcases her innocent look. And yet again, she did not disappoint. When performing her new single “Mine” she wore a sun yellow dress with what I like to refer to as Cinderella straps. The straps had two pieces, one staying on the shoulder while the other fell to the side. To add a little rock edge to her look, she wore light brown cowboy boots. Following the girly look, she used that peach lip gloss just before summer’s end and we must move on to darker shades.