Best Dressed — 2014 CMA Awards

Always fun being able to sift thru the surplus of red carpet imagery post any award show! In fact, some of my most fave moments since doing my best dressed lists have been from the country music scene. So of course, it’s always a pleasure when it’s a country music award show night! And the 2014 CMA Awards were no exception!

What mostly caught my eye for the night were the more understated looks, the great fits, interesting cuts, and the intriguing little details. I also was drawn to many entirely black looks, all with such a regal and luxe quality. So here are my faves, ENJOY!

Danielle Bradbery


I instantly fell in love with this black floor-length dress from Danielle. She is young, but this plunging V-neck look with a train was very much age appropriate. It had just the right amount of a sexy, mature vibe, but done very tastefully.

Bradbery’s head to toe look is stunning, every detail, from the jewelry to the slight smoky eye to the dress! So kudos to Danielle’s stylist, Amber Lehman, and her make-up artist/hair stylist, Tarryn Feldman. I’m a huge fan of a side-braid and I love seeing it done here so elegantly. Her styling & beauty team did an excellent job here, PERFECTION!


1415231185_lucy-hale-560  Lucy Hale

Hale was certainly sizzlin’ in this fitted and belted boldly bright red Romona Keveza gown. As you can see below, this dress is amazing from all angles, especially the back, love the cutout! She spiced her look up with a black and silver fringed clutch from Inge Christopher.


Every detail was thought out with this look, including some amazing jewelry pieces — Black Diamond Drop Earrings by Norman Silverman’s Diamonds, and rings from both Melissa Kaye Jewelry — Cate Ring, and Porter Lyons — Midi-Crypt Ring. From Melissa Kaye there is also the Ellie Large Earrings.


Kimberly Perry  1415234826_kimberly-perry-560

At first glance, I thought this was the 1st of the many all black looks on my best dressed list. But upon further observation, I now know it’s a navy blue Gustavo Cadile gown, with a sheer sweetheart neckline. Kimberly always looks gorgeous, this look obviously being no exception. I’m convinced any look she chooses will never not be anything but SHEER brilliance, full pun intended!


Brandy Clark

Black fitted gown + shimmery & sparkly + sheer effects =’s A hands down best dressed look for sure! With all of these elements it would be hard to go wrong on the red carpet. And Brandy certainly didn’t! This dress is glittering gorgeousness and I love the partially sheer long sleeves. I’m very happy she chose this stunning number from Pamella Roland.


Luke Bryan & Caroline Boyer

The number of times this dazzlin’ duo has graced my best dressed lists, couldn’t even tell you. I never know the designer details, but that doesn’t stop me from giving these two a nod. Luke of course looks handsome, hard to go wrong with a black suit with a black tie. But Caroline always catches my eye. This gal knows how to pick red carpet looks. I love her choice for this event, stark white, high slit, and slight embellishments!

Kimberly Williams-Paisley


Designer talent Romona Keveza is pulling double duty for this red carpet as Kimberly is also donning one of her phenomenal pieces. Kimberly made an excellent find with this navy blue lace gown with a train. It has a great fit and she is workin’ it!

Thomas & Lauren Rhett


This pair is another dynamic duo who look great together on the red carpet and know how to stun us all. In fact, I feel like these looks could work as if Thomas was the President and Lauren as the 1st lady. Lauren’s red gown is the perfect example of old-school glamour. Thomas too looks quite dapper in his classic black tuxe.

Phillip & Rebecca Sweet


So many great duos for this red carpet, and this pair I could not overlook! The two coordinated well, but not in a too cute, matchy-matchy sort of way. His ivory jacket, her eggshell dress, looked great together. The detailed sheer shoulders for Rebecca’s look didn’t go unnoticed either. This understated look is breathtaking!

1415234857_chaley-rose-560  Chaley Rose

I’m a huge Project Runway fan so seeing that Chaley is donning a look from the brand Johnathan Kayne of course made me super excited. The designer talent behind this brand is Kayne Gillaspie and if I’m not mistaken, Joshua McKinley also co-designs, making the two a powerful design team!

I think Chaley looks unbelievable in this printed gold floor-length gown. There is a bit of vintage appeal in the look, but the overall vibe is still very modern. I’m happy Chaley discovered this dynamic design duo and went with this dress.

Aubrey Peeples


There is boho chic, well this is boho glam. Aubrey found the perfect balance of mixing casual and elegant pieces into one great red carpet look. Her stylist, Tara Williams, did a fantastic job putting this entire look together, the outfit and the accessories.

Her luscious waves were courtesy of Sam Wade. And her wonderful make-up beauty look is by Laura K. Godwin.

Lily Aldridge  1415235105_lily-aldridge-560

There is always room on the red carpet for a full-on sexy hot number, such as this black dress with not only black all over, but also sheer effects. It’s by Calvin Klein paired perfectly with black Stuart Weitzman heels. Lily’s diamond jewelry is from Jen Meyer.

Lily’s styling & beauty team is red hot, which is to be expected from this scorchin’ look — styling by LaMarque NYC, makeup by Quinn Murphy (perfectly bronzed), and hair by Bryce Scarlett, flowing waves!

1415229380_cassadee-pope-560   Cassadee Pope

There was something about Cassadee’s look I just couldn’t shake. I love it! It’s a great red carpet look, simplistically minimal black top paired perfectly with full shimmery metallic silver floor length skirt. It appears to be separates, but is indeed a lovely dress by Aidan Mattox. Cassadee said her statement-making Stella & Dot necklace was the perfect piece to tie her whole look together, and I agree! It’s the right bit of embellishment to dress up the top, provide a little extra sparkle!


Maddie Marlow & Tae Dye

Romona Keveza was not the only designer pulling double duty on this red carpet. Actually, in this case, it’s more like triple duty. Kayne Gillaspie & Joshua McKinley of Johnathan Kayne created these wonderful pieces for Maddie Marlow & Tae Dye. Marlow looked retro glam in this belted navy blue number with a sweeping train. Dye went a little softer with a long-sleeved lace column dress. Though not coordinating, both still looked great!


Lennon Stella & Maisy Stella

While Lennon chose a black Free People mini, her little sister chose a LBD with a statement collar and a ruffled pink hem, actually made by her mom, Marylynne Stella.


Hunter Hayes

And what best dressed list would be complete without a solo number from a handsome young gentleman. Great modern twist with this dark navy blue tuxe, sans tie!