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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.