Taylor Swift, CMA Style
Taylor Swift just rang in the 10-year anniversary of her very first single last week, not only making us feel a little old but also encouraging us to take a look back at her successful career over the last decade.
Though she’s a mega pop star now, we’ll never forget her start as a country singer from Nashville—that first single was appropriately titled “Tim McGraw”—and the way she affected country music in such a big way.
In fact, the 26-year-old has won 11 Country Music Association awards from 25 nominations throughout her early years in the industry.
Thus, with the CMA awards coming up on Nov. 2, we decided to check out her looks from the show throughout the years and see how far she evolved in her style.
See for yourself below:
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2006
2006: Swift attended her first CMA Awards in 2006, the year her first song was released. She wore a black, floor-length Elvira gown with black gloves and her signature curly locks. The singer added an edgy touch with her smokey makeup. Though the look comes off a little vampy with her ivory skin and nude lips, we still think she rocked it.
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2007
2007: Swift attended her second-ever CMA Awards in something we might find in Loretta Lynn‘s closet. She opted for a prom-y, gold gown that fit the taste of a soon-to-be 17-year-old at the time.
Fashion awards aside, that year she took home the Horizon Award, which is now known as the Best New Artist award.
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2008
2008: T. Swift turned heads at the 2008 CMA Awards when she showed up in a gorgeous, body-hugging silver gown by Kaufman Franco with her hair pinned back in a sleek bun. She looked classy and chic and definitely proved she’d grown up a bit since her first time at the show.
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2009
2009: The singer looked like a total award-winning star at the 2009 show, wearing a gold Reem Acra gown that skimmed the floor. She pinned her hair back in an old-Hollywood style, which topped the look off just right.
Her sparkling attire was totally fitting for the night, too, as she took home a whopping five awards from her Fearless album.
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2010
2010: Once again, Swift was turning heads when she showed up in Nashville wearing this red hot gown. From the sweetheart cut to the perfect fit to her makeup, hair and accessories, everything about the look was total fire!
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2011
2011: Swift went for no sparkle and a whole lot of tulle at the 2011 CMA Awards, wearing this J. Mendel pre-fall 2011 gown. The dove-grey dress featured a strapless top and an extra-long train, which she held as she went up to accept the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2012
2012: Swift went for an extra-girly look in this nude and red embroidered Jenny Packham dress at the CMAs in 2012. She accessorized the style with her signature red lips, but ditched her curly locks for straighter tresses with bangs.
Taylor Swift, CMA Style, 2013
2013: Can you say holy wow? The singer totally stepped up her red carpet game with this insanely beautiful Elie Saab gown. The ensemble fit perfectly with her nominated song of the night, “Red,” and proved the 22-year-old had definitely grown into her own sense of style.
The dress was also fitting for the awards she took home that year: the Pinnacle Award—which is given to an artist who has achieved global prominence through performance and record sales—as well as the International Artist Achievement Award.