Carrie Underwood in Roberto Cavalli at the 2014 CMT Music Awards

Posted on June 05, 2014

Oh, Country Barbie! You’ve made T & Lo so very happy this morning!

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This is NOT some sparkly, pastel-colored Honky Tonk Princess getup! For once! This has real style and sass to it! This turns heads! This is NOT generic! ATTAGIRL! You even wore kickass big-girl earrings and everything!

Now honey, we’re sorry to have to do this because we’re all about the positive reinforcement around here and we wouldn’t want to do anything to scare you away from taking these kinds of (minor, low-key) risks in the future, but we have to say it: the top part of the dress just kinda hangs there. We realize the key hole gives it some sexiness but it also prevents it from having any shape to it. Also: the shoes are just okay. But we love that pewter clutch and we’re living for all the big-and-bold gold she’s sporting. Bottom line: this isn’t perfect, but it has real personality to it. It’s not the outfit of someone who’s deathly afraid of being told she’s dressed wrong, which was the impression given by a lot of her other Country Barbie inoffensive getups. This is a step forward, girl. Good for you.



[Photo Credit:, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • Said it before, I will say it again. If a dress requires dress tape to be functional, its not made right. In this case though she might have been served well by a strip of tape along the underarm part of the bodice to keep it a skosh higher. Other than that quibble, I’m on board.

    • Jennifer Bober

      The bodice is just a bit too long for her torso. If she had had it altered so there was just a hint of tension in it, everything would have stayed exactly where it needed to be sans tape and it would have flattered her shape even more. Still, on the whole, I really like it.

      • You are so right. That’s precisely the problem. A simple, easily removable alteration of a tuck at the waistline on the inside would’ve done the trick.

        • tb

          Are you really back now, Kiltdntiltd?!? Hazah!

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            Totally missed you. No other BK (and I really do love them) can sum it up the way you can. I just found a new seamstress and am finally getting lets of stuff fitted & I think of you (and my late mother who always advised tailoring) when I go in.

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  • decormaven

    Yes! This is a star turn for her. Props to her MUA for a fresh, natural look. Love those earrings- they really are a nice counterpoint to the dress.

    • kimmeister

      This is possibly the first time I’ve ever seen her not “matte as matte can be.” Just a touch of human dewiness without it being too shiny. Nice.

  • FibonacciSequins

    That’s a strange keyhole opening – or maybe it just looks strange because there isn’t enough Carrie to fill out the fabric? Abtastic.

    • Sartorial_She

      Agreed. It’s more of a triangle shape, and I think a more classic keyhole would have been more flattering.

      • quiltrx

        THIS. I was trying to put my finger on why it’s so shapeless…the fabric goes out and just kind of stays there, with not enough gathering.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I’m already getting tired of seeing key holes on dresses.

    • Particularly when it’s a hole more suited to a battering ram than a key.

      • demidaemon

        Agree. The keyholes are being extra irritating and tacky this week.

  • RussellH88

    I prefer Country Barbie Hoedown Pageant Drag.

  • Danielle

    I love the print and the colors, though.

    • Raspberry2012

      Yeah, both the print and the color are a nice departure for her.

      • Danielle

        I’m forever on the hunt for a (cheap) maxi dress with this kind of print and flowy material. It’s a pipe dream.

        • Violentcello

          Have you checked ASOS? They usually have a ton of maxi dresses with cool prints. I’ve never bought from them, but I’ve been impressed with their selection. And I love that they use videos of models walking in their dresses in the product description instead of just photos.

  • @Biting Panda

    Here’s my harummphing of the morning. I hate the placement of the keyhole. Her makeup is terrifyingly thick and her shoes/non pedi feet look budget.

    • Ginger

      I will say this about unpainted toenails. After years of religiously painting my toenails every shade under the sun (I LOVED painting my toenails), I finally had to stop. The polish ate away at my nails, despite me trying everything under the sun to keep it from doing so…every product, every treatment. I keep mine very, very clean and religiously coat them with cuticle oil to keep them healthy now, but some people just do not do well with polish. Maybe that’s the deal with some stars and their unpainted toes?

      • @Biting Panda

        Entirely possible.

      • Grumpy Girl

        But, I thought there is a pink/coral polish on her toes. Granted, it looks like she did it herself, but I thought I am seeing polish there.

        • Yes – it looks like a really amateur pedi, but with polish.

  • rissa42210

    You can have either the keyhole or the slit, but not both. Not both.

    • Thomas

      This should be called the Heidi Klum rule. Tits/sternum or leg, not both

    • luluransom

      This. Also, why does a flowy full chiffon skirt require a random slit? Total nonsequiter.

  • very pretty dress. Shoes are boring and she needed a brighter pedicure.

  • Mary Featherstone

    I also think it really helps that she has toned down the platinum blonde hair.

    • Raspberry2012

      That was immediately where my eyes went.

    • kimmeister

      The new color is glorious.

  • Thomas

    The keyhole was unnecessary. It would have been so much better without.

  • Just stand up a little straighter….

  • Anna

    Irrational hate. But I will concede that makeup’s improved, I love the earrings, and the print and colours.

  • Dany

    Something looks different about her face. Not in a bad way, just different. Also, this is all kinds of Miami Vice fabulous. The earrings make the look. The only negative is the ill fitting top, but otherwise it’s a IN for me.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Is it something as simple as looking comfortable and calm?

      • Dany

        You know, I think you may be right. She looks very refreshed. She’s also in a career high, after getting to perform at the rock n roll hall of game with some legends of music so get it girl!

        • AC Simons

          She really channeled Linda Ronstadt without sounding like a carbon copy. I’ve never been a big fan, but the girl can sing!

          • demidaemon

            As one of the few AI alums with success in the music biz, she deserves it.

  • Jennifer C.

    I need that clutch in my life.

  • Coleen

    If she had sewn up that keyhole, it would have been a solid “ATTAGIRL.”

    • stellamaris73

      Agreed. It’s unnecessary … Especially given that between the print and her skin tone it almost disappears.

    • kimmeister

      This one in particularly looks like a vent for open heart surgery.

  • MM4321

    She looks great with her darker roots growing in. Lots better than the white-blond.

  • cat772

    I like it all. Gorgeous dress fabric, pretty (if a bit overdone re: the eyes) makeup and nails, appropriately CMT hair, cute shoes that don’t look like torture devices, and she looks confident. Brava!

  • gitchygitchymama

    loubotins and a ed hardy trucker cap would be perfect to complete this look.

  • Lily

    I love this! Perfectly country, and perfectly Carrie! My only quibble is the slit, or perhaps the strange way she’s working it. I don’t mind the keyhole at all, but let’s chose one or the other, not both.

  • Wink

    Major improvement!

  • JR Labrador

    That dress is serving Megan Draper realness.

  • ktr33

    I usually irrationally hate Cavalli, but this is working for her (and for me — it’s all about me!). Shoes are too heavy. Something in a bronze. I hate the beauty pageant hair, but she’s country, so what else would we expect. That would be asking for too much,

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’m having serious earring envy. Those are gorgeous. Love the print of the dress too.

  • Raspberry2012

    Very nicely done! It’s a different print, it has some “Ka-pow!” to it, and it looks to me like she toned down some of the blondness in her hair, which also makes the look less “Barbie”. Much improved!

  • numenah


  • I would like to co-sign @mohub’s request from yesterday for an end to neck-to-waist bodice openings.

    • BLauD

      Hear, hear!

  • SewingSiren

    Her make-up gives the impression that she is a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    • demidaemon

      She is a country gal. 😉

  • Shug

    I am not a Carrie Underwood fan at all…but j’adore that dress. Love the print and the pleats.

  • Loramir

    Love the color and print… I think I’d like it better if the bodice portion was flipped upside down, sort of. A deep V but going over her shoulders rather than the halter neck and weird/awkward keyhole.

    • Candigirl1968

      Definitely. I would love for that “keyhole to the belly” style to die a swift death. At best it’s “not horrible” and it’s never more than just ok.

  • Impressive effort! Cute, sassy, and doesn’t default to the glitter ‘n’ sparkle look! Attagirl.

  • clatie

    She also toned down her Barbie blonde, too! Yay!

  • stubbornthoughts

    Seasonally appropriate! SEASONALLY APPROPRIATE. Loving that hair color on her, and just loving this whole look on her, in general. Saggy top half and all.

    I want that dress.

  • webslice33

    softer fabric with colors suit her really nicely!

  • frannyprof

    Wait, didn’t the CMT awards just happen? How many awards shoes can the country music people put on in one year? Isn’t one enough?

  • She’s turning into Faith Hill before our very eyes.

  • MilaXX

    Lose the boob slit, It’s not great, but a step in the right direction.

  • suzq

    Very cute. Well done.

  • BLauD

    Without the boob slit, I would covet this dress. As it is, I’m thinking it’s just nice. Better than her usual fare, which is nice.

  • marlie

    Very pretty dress, and I love the clutch. Now she just needs to work on toning down the Country Barbie makeup and hair.

  • KT

    Great dress! She looks lovely. Hair and makeup are still really honky tonk though, sigh. You can take the girl out of Texas…

  • melanie0866

    Now if she could move beyond the Barbie makeup and hair….

  • demidaemon

    Hate the keyhole. Everything else is working. I wish the bodice had just been a simple halter.

  • Was liking it till I got down to the slit over the leg…. Either the opening on top or bottom…leave SOMETHING covered!

  • livesarah

    Personal best, surely?

  • Fred Vaughn

    The whole thing still kinda truncates her – whatever inches the shoes gave her are lost in the dress.

  • Akemi

    Love the dress (though the top fits weird) and love all of the accessories, but do not love the shoes.

  • Gorengirl

    She’s done something to her face, and it aint good…..