Carrie Underwood at Country to Country Festival

Posted on March 13, 2013

Country Barbie strikes again.


Carrie Underwood attends the Country to Country Festival in London, England.

It’s not really our thing, this look. It’s not bad at all and if she was a perky working gal sporting this, we’d silently applaud her efforts to look put together at the office or the front desk or anywhere else the world needs another pretty, smiling blonde. But she’s a country superstar and we expect just a little more in the way of interest. We joke all the time about wanting country stars to get back to their Loretty Lynn prairie dress roots, but we’re only partially serious about that. What bothers us about country style is not that it doesn’t look like a Hee Haw reunion, but that it seems to have as its primary goal respectability. This outfit doesn’t say “Country Superstar,” it says “Top Realtor in the County” or “Cutest Mom in the PTA.”  Come on, girl. We don’t expect you to slap on Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots, but surely there’s a modern way to interpret this hugely influential cultural force into fashion.

Oh well. It’s cute, at least. It just has no oomph to it.


[photo Credit: Getty]

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  • AnnaleighBelle

    I just can’t with the hair.

    • musicandmochi

      Hear, hear.
      It seems that no matter what their natural hair color, women and girls are constantly dying/bleaching it blonde.
      I wish more women would see that their natural hair color almost always looks best.

      • poklapy

        I kind of disagree.  I think that, if everyone went with their natural hair color, *no one* would be blond.  We’d just have a bunch of people with mouse brown or dishwasher blond hair.  (Seriously.  Have you ever seen an adult whose hair is naturally blond?  Oh, yes, everyone claims they’re a natural blond, but all that means is they were blond when they were 5 years old.)  I guess I just wish people would admit that, no, they’re not blond.  They’re brunettes who dye their hair.  

        I say this as a redhead whose only unique feature is my hair color.

        • DeborahJozayt

          Well, there are folks who have hair that lifts really fast in sunlight (like me!). A nice little island vacation and I’ll be a level 9 blonde for a year afterwards until it grows out. I know in Lithuania and Scandanavian countries, blonde is very prevalent. Just depends, really 😀

          • shirab

            As someone who spends a lot of time in Scandinavia, I can assure you that most of the adult blondes are coloring their hair and have been since their childhood towheadedness darkened to mouse-brown in their late teens/early 20s. But the blond color suits their complexions at least.

          • Beardslee

             The Dutch are the blondest people I know.  My late husband was an ash blond his whole life and his mom is still flaxen blonde.  My daughter is very blonde as well.  My husband could spot a fake blond at fifty paces.  When my daughter was little she said, “people dye their hair blonde because they want to be like us.”  Now she is 17 and wants to dye her hair brown – because she wants to be ‘different.”

          • musicandmochi

            Exactly. I don’t mind it as much if the blond suits a girl’s complexion.

            But I think I’m biased against blond hair because it is such a stereotypical, one-way standard of beauty. And all too often, I’ve seen other women I know, even Asian girls or black girls, dye their hair blond because they are trying to look more Western. It makes me so sad that they can’t embrace their own natural beauty.

        • fursa_saida

          …what’s so wrong with having fewer blondes and more mice/dishwaters? Is it, like, a quality of life issue? I mean, the vast majority of the human population is dark-haired (darker than mouse brown, even). Is this a problem? I legitimately don’t understand. And as for admitting the dyeing: when it comes to non-white people, most of the time when people go blonde it’s pretty blatantly obvious that it’s not natural–if anything, it’s a statement (cf. Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige sometimes, loads of Hispanic and Arab women [but I can’t think of any famous examples just this second]). But, like, is it better that they’ve done that than…not dyeing their hair?

          Personally, I would like to see an uptick in crazy-color hair, and/or shaved sides, but I feel pretty serene about the whole thing.

          • poklapy

            There is nothing wrong with being dishwater blond or with dying your hair.  It just annoys me (though I have no idea why; it’s irrational) when people claim to be blond when their hair is closer to brown.  

        • RebeccaKW

           My dad is naturally blond.  One of my closest friends is naturally blond, who dyes her hair brunette.  It’s weird to see dark hair with light yellow roots, when we are used to seeing the opposite.

          There have been several stories about natural blonde celebs dying their hair.  Sofia Vergara is one of them, Emma Stone another.

          • poklapy

            Emma Stone is one of the people I’m complaining about.  She claims to be blonde, but her roots are dark.  She is, at best, a dishwater blonde, which is not a true blonde in the sense most people use the word blonde.  

          • RebeccaKW

            IMO, just b/c she’s not yellow blonde doesn’t mean she’s not be a blonde.  Blonde encompasses the whole range of color.  It just seems like something nit-picky, to say someone’s not really blonde b/c they don’t have lemon colored hair.  That’s like telling someone, you aren’t really a red-head b/c your hair is more carrot-colored.  It’s just a general term.

          • DeborahJozayt

            Thank you. I’m naturally blonde, albeit more the dishwater variety unless I spend a lot of time in the sun. But I’m still technically blonde. 

        • MaryAtRealityTea

          Actually my best friend is a natural blonde – at 32! Really she is – and we’ve known each other since childhood – but she’s the only adult I know and she’s been lamenting that it’s gradually getting darker, so even she has started doing highlights. 

      • RebeccaKW

         I disagree.  Maybe your natural hair color is best, maybe not.  But having the choice to change it is up to each person and their preference.  I have dark brown hair and I choose to color it red.  I used to choose to color it pink.  To have blonde highlights.  Just like I choose to wear it long and 4 years ago I chose to wear it chin-length.  I think choosing a shade that best suits you is a better way to go.  I think she looks great as a blonde and would probably look great with darker hair.  Maybe this shade is overprocessed, but that doesn’t mean she should be relegated to her natural hair color forever.

        • musicandmochi

          I agree that it is definitely each person’s choice and am in no way saying that a girl “should be relegated to her natural hair color forever,” as you said. I just especially don’t like when girls turn to blond, even more so when it doesn’t complement their natural complexion, because of our society’s bias that blond equals beauty.

          I get that way back when, blond hair was a rarity, and thus prized because it was so scarce. But I’d like to think that we as a species have evolved further and can now see the beauty in all women, regardless of their hair color.

          I do think Miss Underwood looks good as a blonde, but it’s a bit too harsh for my taste.

          Also, I admire “crazy” hair colors like pink. So kudos to you for being brave enough to do that. 🙂 I would look like a really ugly anime character.

  • hughman

    Those doilies around her waist are perfect for ripping off and using as coasters. 

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      She bores me so. Stop- ‘kuin’ time!

      Desk clerk of the year!
      Much blond aquanette realness
      She bores me to snore…


  • Trisha26

    Is the top supposed to be tucked in? As is it’s cutting off the top of the rosette appliques. Odd.

  • Rand Ortega

    She’s adorable. But…no. How about some Dolly flash or some June Carter boho sexy hominess? Even a little Linda Ronstadt 70’s glam? This… so pedestrian. At least last year’s shorts showed those gorgeous legs. C’mon Carrie, kick it up a notch! Or 10!

    • RebeccaKW

       Ovation has been playing a series called “Song by Song” and they’ve featured Dolly on the last few.  Showing film and photos from the 60’s, 70’s, etc.  Man, Dolly’s fashion was great.

  • musicandmochi

    I have no problem with respectability. I just wanna see more class/taste and uniqueness.

  • kimmeister

    I’m fascinated that there’s a country festival in England!

    Silly putty shoes, really?  At least the whole thing is an improvement over the orange/black apron ensemble we saw from her recently.

    • Jackie4g

      Maybe it’s not so surprising that the English like Country music because a lot of the Appalachian settlers were English or Scots .  The music of the region, Blue Grass and later, Country, has its roots in the British Isles.

      As for the outfit, I agree with those who think it is on the safe and boring side.

    •  I am marginally okay with silly putty shoes if they are CLOSE to one’s leg colour. But not only are they glaringly different coloured, her legs are several shades darker than the rest of her body. I can’t with her. Never have been able nor do the future prospects look promising.

      • MoHub

         My issue with the shoe color is that there is bright, stark white on the dress, and it makes the shoes look discolored rather than a deliberate choice. A bright yellow shoe might have been really cool.

    •  We have running water and all kinds of music. It’s an extraordinary country.

      • 3boysful

         OK, you just made me laugh at 7:28 am.  Not an easy feat.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Maybe that’s why she’s dressed down; in case she bumps into the Queen.

  • her face is EXACTLY the same in every shot. together with the barbie dress and hair, she looks so stepford, these could actually be promo pics for a horror movie.

    • MRC210

      Yes!  At first I thought it was the same picture from different perspectives, then I saw that she’s holding her arms and hands differently in each shot.  But her face stays exactly the same.  Does she ever blink, I wonder?

  • These pictures make her look as if she really is made of vinyl. Not good.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      hun, she is. though looking at her limited range of posing, she is not fully posable. Barbie- for the win! (never thought I’d say that…)

      • Plastic coated girl
        Grinning through layers of pink
        Are your feet stuck there?

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          I must expand, for my love for you demands thusly…

          Pink doi-ly magic
          Why so knee pop and hip touch?
          Shoes of vomit shade

          • Oh dear lord that is wonderful.

          • Vlasta Bubinka

            Got ya with the shoes of vomit shade, didn’t I?

    • NC_Meg

      The first thing I thought was,” Wow, they were not kidding when they said ‘Country Barbie.'”

  • libraangel

    I am now a diabetic looking at her and this dress 

  • Annabelle Archer

    Gah, she grates my nerves. I suspect anyone that saccharine on the outside is a total bitch behind behind closed doors.
    Country Barbie, indeed.

    • NC_Meg

      YES. She reminds me of so many girls I knew in high school. So sweet to your face but they could rip you apart behind your back. I don’t know Carrie personally but that’s what I think of every time I see her.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i dont think a hot pink dress and orange legs are on complementary sides of the colour wheel…..

    • Annabelle Archer

      Ooh burn!

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      OH SNAP!!

  • MilaXX


  • MissMariRose

    I’m pretty sure I saw that at JC Penney the other day. 

  • kathrineb

    No edge. That hair colour/style with those earrings and that color dress = yawn. earthy-shatteringly predictable.

  • cocohall

    This is country by way of Kate Middleton.  It looks like she expects the Queen to appear around the corner at any minute so she is doing her best to look “lady-like.”  In that case, well done you!

  • Sara__B

    It’s not the dress that’s “oomph-less”, it’s her. She just stands there, flat and lifeless as a paper doll or cardboard cutout, in photo after photo. She’s got lovely hair and great legs and beautiful clothes and I’m falling asleep from the dullness of it all.

  • procrastinatrice

    “Top Realtor in the County.” Exactly this. You guys are the best.

  • oldbobbydraper

    President of the Dallas Junior League

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living…

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s very Elle Woods in dress down mode.  Elle Woods on Casual Friday, if you will.

    • Annabelle Archer

      Elle Woods – yes! 

  • quiltrx

    It kind of looks handmade, and in not-the-most positive sense of the word.  It’s really plain.  I would be interested to see what others wore to this event.

  • she always looks like a barbie doll to me

  • duchessofjersey

    I’m curious what kind of event this was. It looks like she’s in the Oval Office (I mean, I know she’s not, but it looks like that). So, maybe the outfit was appropriate if it was a daytime appointment with local dignitaries or something. If it was a real “festival,” though, then I agree this is not festive enough.

  • nannypoo

    What I like about this look is that it is exactly the opposite of what you would expect from a country star. And she has great legs.

  • MemHey

    I might disagree as to whether “there’s a modern way to interpret this hugely influential cultural force into fashion”. Country music, at its roots, is common. It is created by folks with a love of family and land and community. It allows pickers from the sticks to yodel into a mic at the Ryman. Its fan base has, by all probability, a high concentration of conservative thinkers. Now, Miz Underwood by no means represents this sample of actual country musicians – the folks you’ve never heard of that sit around at writers rounds at the Bluebird and swap stories that you can actually relate to because you grew up just like them, the folks that pack out venues which Nashville-the-Series wouldn’t deign to film (thank God!), the heroes who just love what they do and do it with all their hearts. But in a way, she is still a sort of figurehead for this culture, and so respectability and honor – and one might even say decency, class, and – oh Lawd, I am going there – modesty actually plays well into her image. And, truth be told, a real estate agent is much more approachable than a fashionista looking down her nose at you… because country music’s appeal hinges on the fantasy that these singers could be your friends, not your idols. They celebrate a well-lived life, not the high life. So I say, “Girl, you go for it!” I think this actually works quite well for the purpose it’s serving. And as for whether or not fashion and country music could ever *not* be at odds – consider, one industry is built upon progress, modernity, and “now” while another is built upon tradition, history, and “remember when”. I think the attempt to combine such disparate perspectives is much more complicated than it may at first appear. At best, anyone making an attempt might be commended. At worst, leave the poor girl alone (bless her heart).

    • twocee

      I agree.  I understand that her clothes (and other country stars’) seem boring, but there IS a certain image that most country stars try to maintain.  The men try to maintain the scruffy, tractor-riding, beer-drinking good ole boy image (even if 90% of them have never seen a tractor much less could drive one).  And the women try to maintain the girl-next-door take-home-to-your-mama image. 

      Now, the dress itself…I’ve seen her wear better and I’m not a fan of the half daisies, which look half-assed.

      I take it you’re not a fan of Nashville (the series)? 🙂

      • MemHey

        I have no gripe with Nashville the series. Everyone in Nashville I know watches it for the setting, not the characters or plot. I like that it seems to stick to stereotypical schtick so the real charm of the city remains secret. 😉

    • formerlyAnon

      “country music’s appeal hinges on the fantasy that these singers could be your friends, not your idols”

  • I made that same dress for my Barbie when I was 10.

  • Imasewsure

    Cute outfit but hideous wig hair… wish they would bring back the outfits and ditch the horrible hair

  • mila_8

    These look like pictures she took to check her outfit before leaving home. Festival? Seriously?

  • Little_Olive

    I SWEAR i thought “Country Barbie” when I saw the thumbnail. Oh well, great minds…

  • The Pepto Pink and the big headed Barbie hair (you know the one where you can style her hair your self by pulling it out of the top of her head), make her look really dated. Like she is reaching to look younger which is a shame because she is only 30, isn’t she?
    Then again, maybe that is what she was looking for. I saw something that said she was celebrating the 1st anniversary of her 29th birthday.Holy Cats! I can’t imagine freaking out over being 30!My mother was going to take me out at 17, so every year to me is a blessing! 🙂

  • iCouture

    Carrie always looks cute and safe.  She doesnt ever take high fashion risk, and thats ok.  She looks put together, puts the effort in, but doesn’t go above and beyond.  I guess I like her just the way she is 🙂 

  • Cathy S

    I’m not a big fan of pink but it’s a cute outfit. The shoes are ick but I think it’s cute. 

  • SapphoPoet

    “Come on, girl. We don’t expect you to slap on Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots, but surely there’s a modern way to interpret this hugely influential cultural force into fashion.”
    Now THAT would be an interesting Project Runway challenge. 

  • formerlyAnon

    The only non-Barbie touch here is that Barbie’s shoes would be pink.

    My era of Barbies would also have a matching pink purse with a white floral closure matching that flower doily trim on the skirt. Maybe she left it in the car.

  • Cute enough, though nothing remarkable. It’s a tad wrinkled though, and I won’t even speak about the shoes. And she’s been hitting the peroxide a little too much with that hair.

  • Ew-and a silly putty-coloured door AND wainscoting as a backdrop.  No.  More.  Silly. Putty. Colours.  EVER!

  • RocknRollmom

    Sorority rush dress….that is all I thought upon clicking through.  At my school she would have been a Theta—lots and lots of blondes there.

  • librarygrrl64