OFFSTAGE: Stars’ Styles From CMT Artists of the Year

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Did you see how they shined — the stars, the trophies and especially the high style of all the beautiful people — at the CMT Artists of the Year special. Everyone looked so gorgeous, so I had to know how they did it and how we could steal their looks. (Which would take some well-connected friends and/or a very large Christmas bonus, I’m afraid.) So let’s start with Sara Evans, who I’m pretty sure has never looked better. She was in a fitted Mandalay pinstriped gray dress with cap sleeves and some beautiful hip-high beading. Then there was Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, who wore a black, lacy, strapless Dolce & Gabbana dress (and wore it well) with classy Brian Atwood shoes. Faith Hill went with a champagne beige Tom Ford long-sleeved dress with flowers embroidered all over and a green velvet ribbon belt. She paired it with elegant gold T-strap shoes. (Also in Tom Ford for the night was host Rob Lowe, in a steel gray suit and matching shirt.) And honoree Taylor Swift graced the stage in a corset-style porcelain dress in bright red, just like her signature lipstick. But for the shoe-obsessed, her shoes were the night’s best bet: sparkly pale gold Christian Louboutin open-toe pumps. If you must have them, but can’t handle the inevitable four-digit price tag, go for the $70 knockoffs and paint the soles red. See more photos from the CMT Artists of the Year special.

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