Music legend Dolly Parton turns 70 on 19 January, Getty Images.
10 STYLE AND LIFE LESSONS FROM DOLLY PARTON
A certain country music legend and fashion diva turns 70 on 19 January. To mark this very special occasion, we run down the top ten style and life lessons from the one and only Dolly Parton.
10. BOMBSHELL DOESN’T EQUAL BARE SKIN
Though in fairness, Dolly has a knockout figure to begin with, she doesn’t like to bare a lot of skin in order to look – and feel! – sexy and glamorous. Instead, she relies on slightly sheer dresses or full-length jackets over outfits to do all the work.
9. BE SELF-AWARE
Dolly has never been shy about the fact that she gets a little help with her famous appearance and she’s self-aware and confident enough to poke fun at that high maintenance: “People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don't know, I'm never there.”
8. DENIM NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE
It’s a classic for a reason – it’s comfortable, can be dressed up or down, can be worn to nearly any occasion, and can be completely made your own! Through the decades, Dolly has made it a staple in her wardrobe with embellished flares, matching skirt and jacket combos, or just a simple shirt.
7. WORK HARD
When Dolly told her high school class, “I’m going to Nashville and I’m going to be a star”, she was laughed at. She left for Nashville the next day and became a star. Of that moment, Dolly says when you have a dream, you have to sacrifice, work hard and deal with more than a room full of laughs.
6. OWN YOUR LOOK
Just by glancing at Dolly’s big platinum hair, flashy clothes and sky-high heels through the decades, one thing becomes clear: she totally owns her look. Sure, certain trends creep in every now and then (bell-bottoms, shoulder pads), but on the whole, Dolly eschews trends for signature style.
5. MORE IS MORE
Don’t be afraid of being over-the-top when it comes to your clothes or beauty routine. In Dolly’s book, less is never more – more is more, and so much more joyous! She’s a fan of sparkle (sequins, glitter, rhinestones), but for you, it could be loading on the jewellery or clashing prints.
4. BE HAPPY
Of all the witticisms from Dolly, “Smile, it increases your face value” gets a lot of traction on the internet. Probably because it’s simple and simply true. Life is too short to be scowling, and besides, the world wants to see your gorgeous face.
3. WORK YOUR BODY TYPE
Dolly is almost as famous for her hourglass curves as she is for her amazing voice. Cue the waist-cinching dresses, shirts tied at the waist, the jackets nipped in at the waist… see a pattern? Do the same, whether you’ve got, say, slender ankles or voluptuous curves – pick one aspect and flaunt it.
2. AGE AIN’T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER
Seventy years of age, but still rocking statement makeup, killer heels, tight clothes and an infectious laugh, Dolly is the epitome of ageless style, beauty and sass. There’s no need to slow down or tone it down just because of the birth year on your passport!
1. FASHION IS FUN
Whether it’s getting dressed for a gig or just heading into town, Dolly never takes it too seriously. In fact, the most important element of fashion and life is having a sense of humour: “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.”