June Carter, wife of country singer Johnny Cash, had a classy country style. While she often wore fashionable outfits, she never appeared fussy or overly done up. For costuming purposes, focus on her early looks from the 1950s and 1960s. The movie "Walk the Line," starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, is a good source of inspiration for June Carter costume ideas. Photos from the Grand Ole Opry are another good source of costuming inspiration for a June Carter look.
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June Carter Formal Costume
For an early formal take on June Carter's look, choose a fitted strapless gown with a full skirt that comes just to the knee. Wear a short crinoline to give the dress a flared look. Vintage clothing stores and second-hand stores are a great place to find the right gown without spending hundreds of dollars at a formal wear store. Complete the outfit with retro black heels and a clutch purse.
June Carter Casual Costume
A pretty cotton dress in a gingham or floral print is the basis for a less formal June Carter costume. Look for one with a flared knee-length skirt. A shirtdress with short capped sleeves is ideal. You may need to wear a knee-length crinoline under the dress to get the full flared effect. Add a pair of heeled sandals to complete the look.
June Carter Country Costume
If you want to emphasize the country look, research photos of June Carter from the 1960s. She often preferred soft peasant blouse styles. You can sometimes find peasant blouses in trendy boutique stores or vintage clothing stores. Pair it with bell-bottom pants, bootleg jeans or a denim skirt and cowboy boots. Add a black cowboy hat to complete the look
June Carter Hair and Makeup
Complete the June Carter look with vintage hair and makeup. She tended to wear long, off the face hairstyles and minimal makeup. Be sure to match your hair and makeup to the outfit. If you have decided to wear a formal costume, opt for an evening look in your hair and makeup. A bouffant style would work well with a formal costume. For more casual June Carter looks, simply leave your hair loose and brush it off your face.