Costume Ideas for Country Singers

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    Costume Ideas for Country Singers

    Fans of the country music enjoy going to concerts and listening to the heartfelt stories and songs of their favourite artists. According to the Thinkquest website, "Country Music got its beginnings in the early 1920s. Country Music is mainly derived from folk music that mainly began in the Appalachian Mountains." There are many different styles of country music, and each genre has its own unique concerts and costumes. By learning about the different genres of country music, you can decide which costume is right for you.

    Country music costumes help convey the singer's message. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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    Honky Tonk Costumes

    The honky tonk style represents the western roots that birthed country. According to the book "All Music Guide to Country: The Experts Guide to the Best Recordings in Country Music" by Michael Erlewine, "Honky tonk is the most recognisable genre of country music." Singers wear 10-gallon cowboy hats, long-sleeve button up shirts, blue denim jeans, cowboy boots and large belt buckles. Artists include Hank Williams, Charlie Pride and George Jones.

    Honky tonk singers wear costumes typical of a farm worker. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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    Rockabilly Style

    Rockabilly combines elements of country music with rock-n-roll and is one of the few forms of country style that does away with cowboy hats. Female singers wear pin-up style hairdos, miniskirts and low cut tops while male singers sport bowling shirts, black slacks and pompadours. Cheetah print miniskirts and zebra print lapels are other favourites of rockabilly singers. Common rockabilly artists include Elvis, Johnny Cash and The Big Bopper.

    Stylish hairdos take the place of cowboy hats in the rockabilly style. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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    Country's Outlaws

    Outlaw country came about as a statement against the overly commercialised country music of the 1970s, and the style goes against modern western fashion. Singers of the style prefer simple clothing that hearkens back to the roots of honky tonk. Popular themes include blue-collar worker and motorcycle mechanic. Cowboy boots, sleeveless T-shirts, blue jeans and cowboy hats are staples of the outlaw style. Artists include David Allen Coe, Hank Williams III and Willie Nelson.

    The outlaw style embodies the western rebel. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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    Pop Country Fashion

    Pop country is a genre of country that gained popularity in the late 1970s. Artists like John Denver and Dolly Parton popularised the style. While cowboy hats and boots remain at the heart of the genre's fashion, it is very diverse. Clothing styles range from a simple T-shirt and blue jeans to leather trousers and a denim vest, depending on the style of music.

    Pop country combines elements of county-western with the melodies of pop music. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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