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Dolly Parton has been a style icon for as long as we can remember. From the very beginning of her career in 1967, the country singer/actress/businesswoman has forged her own path as far as fashion is concerned — even when she’s been met with her fair share of criticism.
While discussing her look in a now-infamous 1977 interview, journalist Barbara Walters stated, “You don’t have to look like this, you’re very beautiful, you don’t have to wear the blonde wigs, you don’t have to wear the extreme clothes, right?”
Never one to mince words, Parton defended her sense of style with grace, replying, “It’s certainly a choice. I don’t like to be like everybody else. I would never stoop so low to be fashionable, that’s the easiest thing in the world to do.”
It’s this same tenacity and fierce sense of self that has made the musician a beloved household name, with women the world over looking to emulate her — especially through fashion. Though Parton tends to bring to mind images of shimmery, glimmering stage numbers, her look is far more layered than that — just like Dolly herself. It’s also far simpler to recreate than you might imagine: Read on for eight easy ways to channel Dolly Parton’s fashion.
How to Dress Like Dolly Parton
Bring on the sparkles. If Glen Campbell was the Rhinestone Cowboy, you can consider Parton the Leading Lady of Sequins. Never one to show up underdressed, Parton understands the power of a little sparkle. To channel the Queen of Nashville herself, add some pizazz to your closet with a good sequin dress or sparkly accessories, like bedazzled earrings or a glittery shawl.
Embrace Country-Western classics. Parton may be a global figure, but she’s a Tennessee girl through and through. To channel the singer at home, add some Western-inspired wear to your wardrobe with pieces likes a great pair of flared jeans, a classic button-down top, or a distressed, patchwork jean jacket.
Don’t be afraid to color-coordinate. If there’s one thing Parton loves when it comes to fashion, it’s a bold color statement. While many may hesitate to dress in one color from head to toe, Parton regularly pulled the feat off with confidence — as can you.
Dolly Parton Fashion
Now that you know how to dress like Dolly, it’s time to shop! We’ve put together eight Dolly-inspired looks that incorporate everything from her most casual pieces and classic country-wear to getups that appear to be ripped right from the stage. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for our favorite Dolly Parton-inspired looks anyone can wear.
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Dolly Parton Sweater
Where to buy: Sweater, $69, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Leggings, $29, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Earrings, $13, ASOS
Though we're used to seeing Parton dressed to the nines, the musician also enjoys a good casual look. Her chic airport ensemble from 1992 can easily be copied with a comfy, slouchy sweater, like Halogen x Atlantic's Pacific blouson sleeve number, a pair of leggings, like this Nordstrom Go-To high-waist pair, and a pair of statement earrings — we love ASOS' square gold earrings. Voila! You're ready to take flight.
Dolly Parton Silver Sequin Dress
Where to buy: $220, Bloomingdale's
We couldn't talk about Dolly Parton-inspired looks without throwing in a sparkly option or two, now could we? To recreate this stunning silver getup, you don't have to look far thanks to Aidan Mattox's long-sleeve sequin mini dress. Made from a stretchy fabric and designed to hit right above the knee, this body-skimming stunner features allover sequins, a banded waist, and a deep V-neck for a flattering look that would definitely get Parton's approval.
Dolly Parton Polka Dot
Where to buy: Top, $19.99, Amazon
Where to buy: Jeans, $99 (Originally $189), 7 For All Mankind
She may be Tennessee's resident sweetheart, but in this style pulled straight from the California photoshoot for her iconic 1977 hit "Here We Go Again," Parton brings a little country to the West coast. To recreate this look, pick up a spotted top, like this cotton-based ERZTIAY blouse, and a killer pair of flared jeans, like this pair from 7 for All Mankind.
Dolly Parton Pink Outfit
Where to buy: Sweater, From $39, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Top, $39, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Top, $59.96 (Originally $99.95), Nordstrom
Parton has never been afraid of making a color statement. To recreate her '90s look, you'll need three blush pink pieces: a sweater, a pair of pants, and a pair of statement heels: We love this Halogen ribbed sweater and these Tinsel high-waist sateen ankle leggings. Finish the look off with these perfectly-pointed Charles by Charles David Maxx pumps.
Dolly Parton Leopard Print
Where to buy: $148, J. Crew
For the 1993 grand opening of Dollywood, Parton's namesake amusement park, she pulled out all the stops in this fun and frisky leopard print number. For a modern take on this look, head on over to J. Crew to pick up this leopard print A-line midi dress. Available in classic, petite, and tall sizes, this dress falls a bit longer than Dolly's mini, but makes for a easier desk-to-dinner swap.
Dolly Parton Leather Jacket
Rocker Chick Dolly
Where to buy: Leather Jacket, $82.50, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Lace Bodysuit, $26.97, Nordstrom Rack
Where to buy: Jeans, $39, Nordstrom
Parton's a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll! Channel her rocker chick ensemble from 1986 with a faux leather jacket (faux leather jacket from Bebe), lace bodysuit (Socialite scallop lace bodysuit), and black jeans (1822 Denim Butter jeggings). The jacket has an asymmetrical cut and front snap-flap pockets, while the leggings, which are made from a comfy cotton/poly/spandex blend, round things out for the ultimate late-night look.
Dolly Parton Jean Jacket
Where to buy: Denim Jacket, $76.80 (Originally $128), Bloomingdale's
Where to buy: Top, $79, Nordstrom
This fun patchwork denim jacket and turtle neck ensemble from 1977 makes for a great look you can wear all year long: Try this BlankNYC patchwork fringed jacket and Anne Klein's short sleeve turtleneck sweater to emulate her picks. The jacket, which has button cuffs, side-slit pockets, and a fringed trim lends instant Dolly flair to any look. Pair it with this versatile and cozy turtleneck, and you'll have a look right out of Parton's playbook.
Dolly Parton Gold Sequins
Where to buy: $152.60 (Originally $218), Macy's
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For the ultimate Parton look, go for the gold with a recreation from her 1983 Dolly in London tour. This French Connection sequined A-line dress, which features a gathered front and is covered in sequins galore, should definitely do the trick. It's got a V-neckline and A-line silhouette for a flattering look that will have you channeling the country queen in seconds. Shine bright — you know Dolly would want you to!