Dolly Parton Fashion:
A Cleverly Constructed Contradiction

Dolly Parton Fashion - is almost a contradiction in terms. Something she no doubt would find hilarious. She is actually a cleverly constructed, almost cartoon-like character and a seeming contravention of all the 'rules' on how to dress big boobs.

She generally wears figure hugging, shiny outfits which do not just get your attention but grab it by the throat and scream - look at this! She then mixes it with demure necklines as a complete contrast, thereby cleverly creating a paradox. Nevertheless she undoubtedly has the most famous celebrity breasts in the world.

“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap” 

Dolly Parton Fashion

Be under no illusion, I am a huge admirer of this woman.

It does not matter whether you like Country music or not. Her sheer song writing talent and bubbly personality has kept her at the top of a highly competitive, male dominated, industry for years; and for that, I really applaud her.

However, this page barely discusses her career, it barely even discusses the famous Dolly Parton breasts. It is acytually devoted to the Dolly Parton fashion image and her clothing styles. More specifically the evolution of her now familiar look.

“I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable.” 



Town Tramp or Girl Next Door?

Dolly Parton is famous for her witty self deprecation and is well known for stating she modelled her look on the town tramp. You only have to read a little about her to realise this is very much tongue in cheek.

“I make jokes about it, but it's the truth that I kind of patterned my look after the town tramp. I didn't know what she was, just this woman who was blond and piled her hair up, wore high heels and tight skirts, and, boy, she was the prettiest thing I'd ever seen. Momma used to say, "Aw, she's just trash," and I thought, That's what I want to be when I grow up. Trash.”

Dolly Parton Fashion - The Early Years

Dolly The early fresh faced look

However do not be fooled. This is one very smart woman who knows exactly what she is doing.

Beneath the joking there is truth.  Her literally 'dirt poor' background meant that this alleged 'town tramp' probably did look very glamorous to a young, innocent backwoods girl. However this was far removed from the look she started her career with.

She actually started out in her music career with a 'girl next door look'. Very natural and fresh faced. Her very first solo album cover, 'Hello I'm Dolly' shows where her journey started.

A very 60's look

One year later with the release of her second album, she has been groomed with a more sophisticated look which was very much of it's day. An early 1960's bee-hive hair style and the classic trademark of a Country singer, a nice wholesome dress.

I suspect she did not yet have complete control of her appearance at this point but at least choose the white dress that highlighted her curves. Note the much vaunted Dolly Parton breasts had yet to come to prominence.



If you study the various pictures below of her blossoming career you will see the beginnings of the style she later adopted.

Dolly Parton Fashion - The Developmental Stage

The sophisticated evening look - 60's style
The emergence of Dolly's big hair
Dolly with her old sparring partner Porter Wagoner
A less blonde but very edgy look

The style of 1960's dresses was often high necklines, which tend not to suit a big boobed woman because it makes the bust look prominent. The relaxing of dress codes for women in the Sixties with the mini skirt et al did not really effect the conservative Country scene with it's Southern roots and close religious affiliations.

Dolly Parton Fashion - The Finished Look

"It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen."

By the mid Seventies Dolly had perfected her look. The big hair (actually wigs), the bright red lipstick, the big heels and the figure hugging, bright outfits. A very clever, manufactured look. After all, she is in the entertainment industry and needed to stand out.

Of course the famous Dolly Parton boobs made that a certainty but only because she decided to use them in a positive way.

Interestingly she states that she recognised early that she was no natural beauty. I suspect she was also a little shy and so she decided to create a 'look'. If you look at the early photos on this page the Dolly Parton boobs effect was minimal. It was only when she decided to showcase them that people sat up and noticed.

If you think about it, it was a very clever move. This shy but enormously talented girl created a brash 'stage' persona that she could don as a type of protective suit. Like an actress, she could then play a role which would attract a lot of publicity.

"I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park."

The Brains behind the Dolly Parton Fashion Image

I think she also finds her 'look' quite amusing and knows it does not reflect the real woman inside.

NB - If you are only interested in the Dolly Parton fashion commentary - jump this paragraph.

I actually believe she is probably deeply religious and conservative and manufactured this trashy, boob flashing cartoon character as a way of promoting herself and yet reconciling her true conventional self with that career requirement.

She is also recognised as a very savvy business woman. I think the best example of this is the song, "I will always love you". It was a massive worldwide hit for Whitney Houston and the main theme of the movie 'The Bodyguard'.

However way before that, Elvis Presley had wanted to record this song but wanted Dolly to sign over half of the publishing rights to it, to him. (Remember, the publishing rights receive some 40% of the income, with record company and retailer margins swallowing the vast majority of the remainder).

Dolly refused. Now not many people refused Elvis Presley taking one of their songs because it was almost guaranteed to be a hit and 20% of a Elvis hit was often way more than 40% of nothing. However she intuitively understood the value of the song and hung on. Of course she was proved right and has made an estimated six million dollars on this one song alone. In fact, it is the best selling single, by a female artist, of all time.

"I'm almost like three people. There's me the, Dolly, the person. There's me, the star. And then there's me, the manager."



The Sexy Look

Like a burlesque dancer, generally the amazing Miss P 'suggests' a lot, but rarely shows much. In fact the world famous Dolly Parton boobs are probably less on display than many other big busted celebs. Occasionally over the years she has offered a more deliberately sexy pose or shown far more than normal but that is generally rare.

Dolly Parton Boobs

I can hardly devote a page to this lady without mentioning her undoubtedly ample assets. Yes the Dolly Parton boobs are big; in fact probably the most celebrity breasts in the world. The interesting thing is actually how she handles the issue.

Being the savvy lady she is, she either makes jokes about them. 

“I was the first woman to burn my bra - it took the fire department four days to put it out.” 

Or she uses the famous Dolly Parton boobs to promote her image. Deliberately posing to accentuate them or showing more of that undoubtedly impressive cleavage. Dolly Parton's boobs are such a large part of her 'look' that people almost expect to see them.

Yes she almost certainly has had surgery to maintain their stature as she lost so much weight but there is no doubting she was always originally seriously big boobed. But she just would not be the same Dolly we all know if she did not have a big bust.

The Dolly Parton Fashion Contradiction

Whilst Dolly Parton may have built an image around a trashy look, she clearly knows what clothes suit big boobs. Dolly Parton is like a magician deliberately messing up tricks, or a pianist knowingly hitting the wrong notes - you have to be really good, to do it wrong well.

If you study her outfits, they almost always feature a neckline that flatters big breasts. She proves she knows her onions by wearing all the classic looks for a large chested lady.

The V neck

The Square neck

The Scoop neck

Ironically these are styles that suit big busted women because they do not accentuate the boobs. The contradiction lies in the fact that she then either accentuates the cleavage, or more commonly wears figure hugging and / or sparkling material that draws the eye to her chest.

If you would like to see why I generally advise against silk or satin dresses for big boobs, click the link.

The biggest paradox is that, perhaps surprisingly, most of her outfits do not actually show much cleavage but you are still left with no illusion that the Dolly Parton boobs are seriously large.

It is difficult to say what Dolly Parton's fashion style teaches us. It is probably best for showing how to accentuate your bust, in a demure way (as long as you adjust it accordingly). As for the women, she is far from being a dumb blonde.



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Dolly Parton Big Chest

Attrib'n: Associated Press Photo

Dolly Parton Statistics

No not the body or Dolly Parton boobs stats because I really am not that interested in those  kind of statistics - the Dolly Parton career statistics.

She really is a one woman industry. I have not counted them personally but understand that she has released:

  • 58 studio albums
  • 5 Live albums
  • 24 Compilation albums
  • 16 Collaboration albums
  • I will not even try to list the singles released

She has acted (not just featured) in 10 or so movies, the most famous being '9 to 5' and 'Steel Magnolias' and written a host of books.

She also runs 3 tourist attractions;

  • The Dixie Stampede,
  • Dollywood Theme Park
  • Dolly Parton's Splash Country water park

That is a huge leap from where she started. The photo of the cover on the album Tennesse Home, is the actual house where the Parton family lived in the 40's and 50's.

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Dumb Blonde?

The sheer scale of her success not only confirms her quality as a song writer and performer but it shows there must a serious intelligence under those blonde wigs and big Dolly Parton boobs.

“I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb - and I'm not blonde either.” 



Dolly Parton Quotes

As you can see from this page, I love some of her quotes. If you fancy seeing more, go to Brainyquote.com.




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