As country music has evolved, so have the fashion choices for some of its biggest stars– mainly the men. Long gone are the days of boots, a button-down and a hat. Skinny jeans are in and it’s all about scarves and cool shoes, or is it?
Evolution of Fashion: Country Music Men
Everyone’s Favorite Guitarist
Though the use of an electric guitar has changed throughout the evolution of country music, guitars have always been a part of the music.
Then: Chet Atkins made sure his guitar got equal billing in most photo ops.
Now: Keith Urban just wants to remain humble.
Plaid Shirt Hottie
Plaid shirts are a staple for every man in country music. These days, they just wear them a little differently.
Then: George Strait could’ve worn a plaid potato sack and look good.
Now: Kip Moore has taken the traditional plaid shirt and made it his own. He chooses to pair with a backwards trucker hat.
Favorite Bearded Collaborator
Everyone in country music loves collaborating with their friends. Charles Kelley and Kenny Rogers are classic collaborators.
Then: Casual, cool, effortless.
Now: Casual, cool, effortless.
Damn Good Songwriter With an Edge
Not everyone can be a songwriter.
Then: Kris Kristofferson had long hair and ran with a wild crowd.
Now: Eric Church never takes off his aviators. Ever.
Country, But Not Country Hottie
Sometimes, country music is about where you come from, not how you sing.
Then: Elvis Presley goes with the classic suit.
Now: Sam Hunt opts for camo skinny jeans. Camo skinny jeans.
Hottest Country Music Duo Accessory
Even the best country music duos have to spice things up every now and then.
Now: Florida Georgia Line bring Nelly to the party.
Country Music Duo Album Cover Fashion
When you’re a duo, you’re competing for screen time.
Then: Brooks and Dunn weren’t afraid to be a little fashion-forward.
Now: Maybe FGL is a little more like Brooks and Dunn than we thought?
Muscle Country Men
The debate over adding hard rock guitar riffs has been waging for almost three decades.
Then: Garth Brooks set the tone for muscle country early on.
Now: Jason Aldean shops in Garth’s closet.
Red Carpet Daredevils
You only get one shot on the red carpet– might as well go for broke.
Then: Mel Tillis chose a jacket with embroidered horse shoes. Simple and refined.
Now: Jake Owen saw Mel’s jacket and jumped the shark.
Loveable Country Outlaw
Even country music’s outlaws are loveable.
Then: Willie Nelson ties a bandana around his head.
Now: Brantley Gilbert keeps his wallet close-by with a chain.
Iconic Mainstream Crossover
Only a few country music men have crossed over into mainstream entertainment.
Then: Glen Campbell wore a weird scarf.
Now: Tim McGraw wears weird scarves.
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