CMA Awards Style Breakdown

Black, White and Classy All Over

Carrie Underwood opened the 48th annual CMA Awards show in a glamorous white beaded dress. And Luke Bryan closed the show in a black velvet sport coat. They made for some classy bookends to Wednesday night’s (Nov. 5) nonstop style show in Nashville.

Underwood’s first dress of the night — on the red carpet — was a champagne Lorena Sarbu gown that seemed to enhance her early stages of a baby bump, plus Jimmy Choo shoes and some seriously gorgeous Jonathan Arndt jewels.

She continued to add to her revolving-door wardrobe (how does she change that fast?) with a rainbow’s worth of dresses — white, more white, black, silver, red, fuchsia and royal blue.

Miranda Lambert had her own set of wardrobe changes but chose the best for her “All About That Bass” performance with pop star Meghan Trainor. Lambert wore a custom blue Valentina Kova and New York Vintage jewels. For the red carpet, she wore a nude Bibhu Mohapatra gown with a plunging neckline from the Indian-born designer.

The men who wore tuxedos — and so many of them did, especially on the red carpet — seemed to all be wearing the ones from designer Paul Smith. Although Tim McGraw wore a Dolce & Gabanna tux — and wore it well.

Other styles that caught my eye throughout the night:

Faith Hill in a Naeem Khan dress and carrying a Ferragamo clutch.

Little Big Town performed their “Day Drinking” hit song in a lit-up look which the band’s Kimberly Schlapman later described as “so many people and so many wires in so many places.”

Trainor paired her royal blue lace Monique Lhuillier dress with $100 Aldo Passerello platform pumps for her red carpet arrival.

Brad Paisley‘s wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, was stunning in her Romana Keveza dress and Jimmy Choos.

Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott performed “Bartender” in black sequin pants, but on the red carpet, she wore Vintage Naeem Khan, Stuart Weitzman shoes and David Yurman bling.

Easton Corbin, who always manages to class things up, wore a John Varvatos suit, some David Yurman bling and even some Civil War bling (an antique pocket watch chain and fob).

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