Different rules apply to the country music lifestyle. Bigger equals better. Sparkles equal glamour. Staying in your dress — even if it’s only on the strength of a prayer — equals the height of sophistication. Where would Loretta Lynn be without her bouffant? Reba McEntire without her sequins? Dolly Parton without her … well, everything?
Who knows, generations from now, fashion mavens of the future could look back and marvel at 2014 country music singers and see all that and more.
But it’s doubtful.
Along with the carefully curated looks that have become the red carpet norm, bad taste and poor judgement were in attendance Wednesday (Nov. 5) night in Nashville at the 2014 CMA Awards, along with a couple flat-out examples of what happens when one ignores one’s stylist.
To wit:
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Gretchen Wilson, we get it. Not trying is your “thing.” But there’s “I don’t care,” and there’s “I don’t care.” Which one do you think this one is? That’s right. The latter.

kacey musgraves cma awards 2014 gi CMA Awards 2014's Worst Dressed: Meghan Trainor, Nicole Kidman, Kacey Musgraves, you're on noticeKacey Musgraves has obviously heard the adage “the higher the hair, the closer to God.” However, take heed: The wider the hair, the harder to get through the Pearly Gates.

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Nicole Kidman gets a pass if it turns out she and Keith Urban are renewing their wedding vows during the show. Otherwise, how did she not notice the center of those flowers look like it’s her nipples — her strangely high and far apart nipples — peeking through?

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Here’s a tip, Meghan Trainor: The only thing that makes cheap lace look even cheaper is making it a jewel tone. Honorable mention for this same crime: Connie Britton.

clare bowen cma awards 2014 gi CMA Awards 2014's Worst Dressed: Meghan Trainor, Nicole Kidman, Kacey Musgraves, you're on notice

Clare Bowen could go either way. The dress might be awful, but the annoying-factor of Bowen’s “Nashville” character could be muddying the water. Hmmm … nope, Scarlett is the worst, but that dress is still awful.

Posted by:Brill Bundy

Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."