OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert’s Style: Rock ‘n’ Roll Cowgirl

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Remember when Miranda Lambert was on Nashville Star, singing Tanya Tucker’s “Texas When I Die”? I do. Like it was yesterday. She was wearing a fringed skirt, and her hair was in braids. Her voice was (and still is) one of the countriest ones out there. In fact, when we talked this week, I told her I thought her vocals were like another country instrument on every song on her new album, Four the Record album. “That’s what I always say to people, because this record does have all kinds of music on it. But with my voice, I mean, it’s always gonna be country,” she said. So the voice is still 100 percent country, but you don’t really see Lambert in braids and fringe much anymore. She’s had a style evolution, to say the least. “My style a little bit like cowgirl and a little bit rock ’n’ roll mixed together. I like cowboy boots, but I also like leather jackets,” she told me. It’s a good look when she puts those together. Even in her liner notes from the album, you can see how she puts the girl in cowgirl. To steal one look — the Paris, Texas, tank top with the full white skirt– try this Zoe Karssen tank with this Juicy Couture eyelet maxi skirt. And cowboy boots. Always cowboy boots.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.