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Fashion Inspiration: Country Strong


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The 2010 film Country Strong (now rerunning on HBO and the like), follows the story of country music superstar Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) as she tries to restart her career after undergoing treatment in a rehab facility. Fans of Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester will appreciate her familiar face as Chiles Stanton, an up-and-coming country pop artist. Whether you’re a country music fan or not, this drama is perfect for a girl’s night in!

While I won’t give away any spoilers, I will say that as one of my favorite recent movies, Country Strong is a great source of fashion inspiration! Both Kelly Canter and Chiles Stanton have classic country styles with their own twist. Below, I’ve created two wardrobes inspired by Kelly and Chiles from the movie. Scroll down to see them!

Kelly Canter’s Wardrobe

Kelly canter
Tan Top, Plaid Shirt, Cowboy Boots, Cross Necklace, Jacket, Jeans, Rhinestone Necklace, Black Dress, Red Dress, Rhinestone Ring, Tan Pumps, Earrings

Kelly Canter was once a superstar in the country music world, and her status is reflected in her outfit choices. Her on-stage looks include bold mini dresses and sparkly gowns, but she also enjoys wearing classic plaid button-up shirts and jeans. Of course, like most country artists, she also has numerous pairs of cowboy boots that she likes to dress up and down.

You can steal Kelly’s fierce look with a few key pieces, some of which you probably already own! A classic LBD looks great with a statement necklace and beige patent pumps. Dress up a casual checked shirt with a pair of skinny jeans and some cowboy boots. A bright red dress is the perfect staple to complete Kelly’s signature look.

Chiles Stanton’s Wardrobe

Chiles stanton
Lace Dress, Denim Skirt, Charm Necklace, Star Earrings, Blue Dress, Baseball Tee, Checked Shirt, Floral Top, Cowboy Boots

Chiles Stanton is the former Miss Dallas and “country Barbie” of the film. She’s bubbly, cute, and wants nothing more than to become a country superstar. Her on-stage looks include flirty dresses and boots, but off-stage, she’s more keen on sundresses and casual tees paired with skirts.

To steal her girly style, try adding lace and ruffle dresses to your closet. A denim skirt is a great, versatile wardrobe addition as well, and would be perfect for spring. Cowboy boots are a country must, while a cute dainty charm necklace and stud earrings are cute and feminine. Baseball tees and checked shirts are great pieces to dress up or down, and a fun floral top can be a great investment piece for a Chiles-approved look.

What do you think?

Did you see Country Strong? Are you a fan of country music? Would you wear any of the pieces featured above? How would you style them? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on on February 5, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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9 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Country Strong”

  1. 1
    February 5th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I LOVED this movie, most of it anyway..Chiles/Beau were my favorite. I would’ve liked to see Beau Hutton’s wardrobe, it’s laid back and would be interesting to see.

  2. 2
    February 5th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    YES! I love this movie, so glad you did a look for it!

  3. 3
    February 5th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    One of my favorite movies and I absolutely love the clothes. Kelly Canter’s concert style is flawless! So happy I’m not the only one still watching this movie over and over.

  4. 4
    February 6th, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I would have much rather seen inspiration from the show Nashville, same premise much more relevant.

  5. 5
    February 6th, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Love this! I could totally apply this to my everyday fashion wardrobe :)

  6. 6
    February 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I loved this movie, love country music, and love your attention to detail in creating these looks!

  7. 7
    February 6th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Two words: Garrett Hedlund :)

  8. 8
    February 9th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    also agree that Nashville has more style inspiration I think

  9. 9
    September 23rd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Does anyone know what kind of cowboy boots Beau Hutton ( garrett ) wore in the movie Country Strong ?? Also — Is that a Stetson or Resistol ‘stained’ cowboy hat that he wears ??

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