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'90s Country Fashion: The Best Looks of the Decade


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'90s country is back in a big way. (Though, for many of us who still wear our Patty Loveless t-shirts and listen to Wide Open Spaces and Did I Shave My Legs for This? on repeat, it never went away.) According to Spotify, Gen Z is streaming the '90s discography of George Strait, Alan Jackson and The Chicks at the same rate as the Millenials and Get Xers who grew up with it on the radio dial. At this point, we're just days away from the "Watermelon Crawl" becoming a new TikTok trend.

From "Neon Moon" to "Strawberry Wine," '90s country is timeless. But what about '90s country fashion? You only need to peruse the racks at an Austin, Nashville or L.A. vintage store to see that ultra '90s fringe jackets in bold colors are still on trend. And now even '90s baby Miley Cyrus is sporting the hairstyle her dad helped make famous during the Clinton administration.

Will the Wrangler Brushpopper shirt and Chris Gaines hair become as trendy as slip dresses and Doc Martens? We can only hope. Until then, let's look back at some of the best looks by '90s country stars.

'90s Country Fashion: A Retrospective

1. Patty Loveless

Patty Loveless performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on June 14, 1992 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

When it comes to rocking fringe, no one does it better than '90s country queen and "Blame it On Your Heart" hitmaker Patty Loveless.

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2. Shania Twain

Shania Twain during Z100's 5th Annual "Jingle Ball" - December 17, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Shania Twain has never been afraid to make a bold fashion choice and this leather two-piece is no exception.

3. Reba McEntire

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Reba McEntire performs at the H.P. Pavilion on November 23, 1994 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Reba McEntire's red velvet gown caused such a stir at the 1993 CMA Awards, it's still known simply as "the dress." The country superstar donned the dress 25 years later as the host of the CMA awards, proving that, like the country queen herself, Reba's fashion has never gone out of style.

4. Tim McGraw

SAN JOSE, CA - AUGUST 3: Tim McGraw backstage at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on August 03, 1994 in San Jose California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

I'm not sure if Tim McGraw would sport this look anymore (he tends to opt for a muscle v-neck and a black hat these days), but for a Nashville hipster, that sweater vest would be a find  in 2021.

5. The Chicks

Los Angeles, CA Dixie Chicks arriving at the American Music Awards. (photo by Ron Wolfson/Online USA)

The Chicks rose to country fame in the late '90s, which means they often opted for choker necklaces and glitter over sequins and fringe. And I simply can't overstate the importance of their use of butterfly clips for those of us who were preteens in the late '90s.

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6. Faith Hill

Portrait of singer Faith Hill at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, November 30, 1993. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

With her hair piled high and an all black outfit (right down to her cowgirl boots), Faith Hill's look is at once early '90s and timeless.

7. Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 24, 1994 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

She's in love with the boy and I'm in love with Trisha Yearwood's emerald green western blazer.

8. George Strait

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 24: George Strait performs at the San Jose Arena on April 24, 1994 in San Jose California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

George Strait is first and foremost a Texas cowboy, so you can count on him to wear head-to-toe Wrangler attire and look like a million bucks doing it.

9. Dolly Parton

LAKE TAHOE, CA - 1992: American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton poses for a studio portrait circa 1992 in Lake Tahoe, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton is a fashion icon in every decade and in the '90s she could be found donning showstopping numbers with shoulder pads and plenty of fringe.

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Read More: Dolly Parton's Greatest Fashion Statements, From Cowgirl Chic to Sequin Glam

10. Toby Keith

Toby Keith at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, March 12, 1994. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

In his light wash jean jacket and black cowboy hat, Toby Keith  is classic mid-'90s.

11. Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson during 1994 Cable Ace Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

Alan Jackson puts the western in country and western with this fringe jacket.

12. Clay Walker

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 7: Clay Walker attends 21st Annual American Music Awards on February 7, 1994 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Clay Walker checks off every item on the '90s superstar fashion list. Blazer: sequined. Shirt: pearlsnapped. Wranglers: pressed.

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13. Martina McBride

Martina McBride during The 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arista Records Pre-GRAMMY Party at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

Martina McBride's floor-length crushed velvet jacket and jumpsuit represents country fashion's march into the new millinium.

14. Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks on 10/1/93 in Chicago,Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Let us not forget that Garth Brooks, the man, the myth, the legend, is a trendsetter -- not only in music but also in fashion. The man's dedication to wearing two-tone western shirts and a headset should not be forgotten.

15. Dwight Yoakam

CONCORD, CA -Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Dwight Yoakam came up in the L.A. cowpunk scene of the '80s and his style reflected his wide variety of influences. Those "Fast As You"-era painted-on pants, a concho belt and a hat pulled down low signified that Yoakam was a true original.

16. Marty Stuart

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 22: Singer Marty Stuart attends the 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 22, 1998 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

When it comes to fashion and stage presence, Marty Stuart learned from the best. The Mississippi-born singer once said that his love for country and western clothing came from seeing Ernest Tubbs' band the Texas Troubadours perform in flashy pink suits.

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"It was the most glorious sight I have ever seen in my life," Stuart said. "I saw Jesus that night."

Stuart has proudly carried on that stage wear tradition through his friendship and collaborations with legendary designer Manuel Cuevas.

17. Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee , December 1, 1993. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

With "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Don't Tell Me What to Do," Pam Tillis was one of '90s country's best hitmakers. She was also one of its most fashionable, as evidenced by this stunning patchwork blazer.

18. Brooks & Dunn

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn) during 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn had all the bases covered. While Ronnie Dunn usually wore monochromatic attire fit for the Man in Black, Kix Brooks was drawn to eye-catching shirts and jackets.

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19. Billy Ray Cyrus

Memphis - October 08: Singer/Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus performs during Elvis:The Tribute at The Pyramid Arena in Memphis Tennessee October 08, 1994 (Photo By Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

25 years before "Old Town Road," '90s legend Billy Ray Cyrus is seen here at a 1994 Elvis tribute rocking a 'fit worthy of The King.

20. Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker during Video Software Dealers Association Convention in Las Vegas - July 11, 1993 at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

It just doesn't get better than Mother Tucker herself, Tanya Tucker, in full cowgirl glam.

 

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