Deciphering Kacey Musgraves' Cowgirl-Kitsch Style

The question of what to wear when opening for pop sensation Katy Perry is not to be entered into lightly.

"Her looks will be totally different [from Perry's], because Kacey has such a strong personality and a style of her own - a little bit of country western mixed with high fashion," says stylist Hayley Atkin. Though Musgraves and Atkin aren't completely set on costume choices yet, cues can be taken from previous performance looks, like the leg-baring tasseled minidress and the twinkle-light cowboy boots Musgraves flashed at the Grammys.

Atkin, a celebrity stylist based in Los Angeles, first met Musgraves on a photo shoot, and the two bonded over a shared love of vintage.

"Old Western influences and kitschy cowgirl themes from back in the '30s, '40s and '50s - that's the whole inspiration behind Kacey's style," says Atkin.

The duo is excited that current fashion is reflecting this mood, from Miu Miu to Chanel, which recently flew fashion editors to Dallas for its pre-fall runway show.

"I think she's going to break into the mainstream with her music, but she's never going to let go of her roots, which is awesome," says Atkin. "She's really going to be a trendsetter."


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