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Style Notes: 3 Outfits Inspired by the Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried”


When I arrived back at school after Canadian Thanksgiving, I started to get twinges of homesickness. This weekend, a dorm-mate and I spent some time reminiscing about our hometowns (we grew up 15 minutes apart), and although it helped to talk about it, home is still on my mind.

So this week, although there were amazing suggestions in the comments of the last Style Notes post (I have posts on Muse, the Beatles, fun., and more reader picks coming up!), I hope you guys will forgive me for branching out a little and choosing a song that reminds me of home: “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band.

This song’s country feel and lovely lyrics remind me of my hometown. In addition, it’s the perfect inspiration for some uncomplicated, but sweet outfits.

Pair of Jeans That Fit Just Right

Pair of jeans that fit just right
Shirt, Bracelet, Jeans, Boots

This first outfit is about as simple as you can get, but is still super adorable. A tie-front plaid shirt is comfy without being frumpy, and, paired with your favorite “good-butt” jeans (you know the ones!), it’s the ultimate (country) girl-next-door look. 

Now it’s time to accessorize! If you’re not ready to go all out with cowboy boots, you can still channel a western vibe with these cool brown leather harness boots. Finish the outfit with a sweetly simple heart bracelet that references the song’s main message: loving and appreciating the little things in life.

This outfit is perfect for everything from driving your pickup to the hardware store, to riding a mechanical bull at your local country bar. (Trust me on that one.)

Shade of a Georgia Pine

Shade of a Georgia pine
Shirt, Scarf, Boots, Leggings | Photo: ELLE

This next outfit would be perfect for going to class on those mornings when you want to look good, but not make too much of an effort (ie. every morning that involves an 8AM lecture).

To get this look, pair an oversized denim shirt with practical leggings, then add a pop of color with a bright red knit circle scarf. Show a little country love with some broken in cowboy boots, and finish with a messy fishtail for a look that’s perfectly suited to campus.

Sweet Tea

Sweet tea
Dress, Shirt, Necklace, Socks, Boots

This last outfit is the girliest of the three, the epitome of country charm. Start with a little denim dress, layer on a gorgeous lace tee, then add tan harness boots with cable knit socks peeking out. Lend the look a little Southern influence with a vintage-esque locket featuring a pretty pearl detail. The combination of the boots and socks, as well as the more laid-back cut of the shirt helps the outfit feel more relaxed. This outfit is sweet without being sickly, and great for two-stepping the night away!

What do you think?

Are you a country fan? What kind of music reminds you of home? Would you rock any of these country-inspired looks? What is your stance on mechanical bulls? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions, as always, in the comments below!

Posted on on October 17, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , ,

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21 Responses to “Style Notes: 3 Outfits Inspired by the Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried””

  1. 1
    October 17th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    love look #2!

  2. 2
    October 17th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    LOVEEE this! I’m a country girl at heart but I love fashion, so seeing a post like this made my day! all of the outfits are adorable as well <3

  3. 3
    October 17th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The outfits look awesome! I got so excited when I saw that you picked this song. It’s one of my absolute favourites!!

  4. 4
    October 17th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    first arctic monkeys, now zac brown band… we have the same music taste! i like the second outfit a lottt

  5. 5
    October 17th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Okay, I am not a country music fan at all (don’t hate me!) but I DO like these outfits! They’re really cute for casual days and not too over the top country, which I appreciate. Great job!

  6. 6
    October 17th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hahaha! I love how people think these are cowboy boots.
    Don’t even try to be country, please. Leave it to the real ones.

  7. 7
    October 17th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I live on a horse farm and used to compete in rodeos. However, my personal style is way more rocker than country, but these are so cute! I like how pseudo cowboy boots are becoming popular because they 1. Are comfortable and 2. Are a spreading icon of southern and western rural areas that is not inherently negative.

  8. 8
    October 17th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    i know other people like outfit #2, but i don’t see anything particularly special or cute about it. the whole leggings thing is really overdone on campuses as is. it is just as easy to throw on a pair of comfortable jeans, imo.

  9. 9
    October 17th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Love to see another gal appreciating her roots!

  10. 10
    October 17th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I love Zac Brown Band! I saw them in concert when they were just starting up and again more recently. Great article!

  11. 11
    October 17th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Love the Canadian Girl! I didn’t know that they even had Canadian staff here, I would love to see some Looks On Campus from the North.
    Way to represent Western Canada with an awesome post :)

  12. 12
    October 18th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    my favorite is outfit #2! love it!

  13. 13
    October 18th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Cute outfits! But if you do Muse— please do something good– CE (of course), Fury, Showbiz, even something based off of the rich reds, blacks, and greys from the Feeling Good vid! XO, a Muser since 2001 :)

  14. 14
    October 18th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    ^ Agreed with JJ. Do an older Muse song; they’re more powerful and would result in more interesting, striking outfits.

  15. 15
    October 18th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Love cowboy inspired boots! There are so many different ways to wear them. I have a pair from Chinese Laundry that I wear all year long!

  16. 16
    October 18th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    omg this is my favorite song ever!!!!!!! thank you so much for doing this post!! lol, but seriously the outfits are adorable and just my style! love love love!! :)

  17. 17
    October 19th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I’m so, SO thrilled to finally be reading posts by a Canadian blogger. It just makes CollegeFashion that much more relatable by extending the blogging opportunity to those outside of the States. :)

    Also, this has got to be one of my favourite outfit inspirations! Thank you for picking a song that’s truly sweet and that resonates with us country-song loving girls out there. :) -x, Grace

  18. 18
    October 19th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Love that there’s a Canadian blogger on here! Representing Caledon, a southern Ontario small own :)

    This is absolutely one of my favourite songs, and these totally give off a country vibe :) love it! And absolutely my style. Glad to see that you didn’t use real authentic cowboy boots in these, as they are hard to come by in your average stores.

    Can’t wait to see other posts!

  19. 19
    October 21st, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Hell yeah Zac Brown Band, and hell yeah fellow Canadian!

    @Jessica Jeans are way more overdone than tights or leggings.

  20. 20
    October 23rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    You should do Macklemore’s Thrift Shop for your next post!!

  21. 21
    November 5th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Sorry for the late reply ladies, but thanks for all the Canadian love :) You all are too sweet!

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