How Lucy Hale’s Country Music Career Is Turning Her Into A Style Icon

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is on one of the most successful shows on television, but she has a new album out and is ears-deep in a heavy campaign to rebrand herself as a country music superstar. That includes a debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry, where she wore a dress that makes her look a bit like a 1950s socialite dressed up as a cowgirl and a bit like a leather mermaid. (With a dash of Glinda the Good Witch thrown in for good measure.)

Her sleeveless white leather dress is from DSquared‘s spring 2014 collection, and both the material and the scalloped, tooled leather skirt go along with her new country image. Personally, I’m digging this change of direction from her. Her previous red carpet style was more “generic young starlet,” eg: crop tops, sexy but boring mini dresses, big platform shoes. This new high-fashion country star aesthetic she’s been trying out sets her apart from the rest of the generic young TV starlet pack in an interesting way.

If we look back at some of her looks from this time last year, we see that she always looked beautiful and on-trend, but a bit safe. Her looks were cute, but none of them really said “Lucy Hale” more than they said “Amber Benson” or “Shay Mitchell,” for example.

Whereas with her more recent looks from the past month, she’s been demonstrating a nascent flair for prints that’s always engaging.

She’s right in the thick of promoting her new album, so it remains to be seen if her music career has a long-term effect on her red carpet style. Personally, I hope it does.


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