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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