We've been longtime fans of Maddie & Tae—ever since they released their girl power anthem "Girl in a Country Song" in 2014, we've had our eyes on this dynamic duo. They've been nominated for a whopping three awards for the 49th Annual CMA Awards, which takes place tonight—and as of this morning, it's been announced that they're taking home "Music Video of the Year." Since we can't wait to see what they'll be rocking on the red carpet, we checked in with the two country stars for their style tips on how to stay comfy and chic at major events... but because we (sadly) won't be hitting up any red carpet events in our college days, we had them weigh in on how to stand out at tailgates this season.
1. Night Sky Sweater Dress, $178, Lovers + Friends
As the weather starts to cool down, it can be tempting to head out in your well-loved sweats. But since you'll be Instagramming every moment, you still want to look chic—and luckily, there's a way to do that. This sweater dress is the proof! “Comfort is key! Even on the red carpet I wear a dress that is still comfortable,” Maddie says. “You can still look super cute but not be uncomfortable all day.”
2. Cotton/Linen Striped Scarf, $53.99, Banana Republic
3. Hunter Green/Ivory Flannel, $138, Rails Clothing
Is there anything better than a cozy flannel? They come in every color combo, meaning you can pick a top that'll support your school. Maddie recommends pairing this with a pair of skinnies: “I love a good jean and flannel look for school. I normally throw a V-neck underneath—because every school is always freezing!”
4. Gray Turtleneck Dress, $19.99, Maykool
Not cold enough for a sweater dress, but not warm enough for your fave floaty dress? Opt for this long-sleeved turtleneck. “I LOVE DRESSES!” Tae declares. “And finding dresses that I can wear in the colder weather can be a struggle, but I just add leggings or tights with long boots. It's one of my favorite looks.”
5. Shipping News Sweater, $43.20, Free People
We're all about any outfit that involves leggings, and this oversized tunic sweater means you can pull on even your most well-loved pair and still look put-together. “Leggings and an oversized sweater make up one of my favorite campus looks. Super cute, and really comfy!” Maddie tells us.
6. Complete Eye Palette in Slate Blue, $60, Burberry
No need to paint your face in your school colors; instead, try a colored smokey eye! As Tae says, “Fall is the perfect time to start testing out a new smokey eye look. I think I'm gonna experiment with purples!”
7. Faux Suede Fringe Cross Body Bag, $39.90, Express
A cross body bag is key at any tailgate event—you want to stay hands-free all afternoon (and throughout the game), but that doesn't mean you have to forgo your daily essentials. “I always upgrade from my tiny cross body purse that I rock in the summer to a shoulder suitcase for fall and winter,” Tae says. “Well, not really a suitcase... but people make jokes because my purses are so big! But you never know when you're gonna need to pull out a pair of gloves, an extra scarf, tissues...”