Boots, jorts and red, white and blue

Downtown Nashville was a sea of ​​red, white and blue — and lots of jorts — as the CMA Festival entered its second day on Friday.

The star-studded crowd also showcased rhinestones, cowboy hats, boots, fringe, tassels, paisley prints and wide-brimmed hats. And what country music festival would be complete without its fair share of mules?

A few other popular looks included mustaches and aviator sunglasses — likely inspired by the summer blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick.” Others sported floral and cow prints, sweaters, colorful sundresses and denim on denim. Patrons also carried transparent handbags and totes, in accordance with festival rules, and wore cold, wet bandanas around their necks to stay cool.

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Inside Boot Country, Deb Wing was considering a choice between white and gray ankle boots around noon. She sat along the wall amidst a crowd of elbow-to-elbow shoppers lured by the store’s ongoing “buy one, get two” offer on the boots.

Wing said she was from La Crosse, Wisconsin, with friends.

“I’m going to wear these right now while shopping to break them in for tomorrow,” she said.

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Her friend Lainee Nummerdor hopped on a pair of tall brown boots studded with rhinestones and glitter stitching. Their group had left for more shopping, with plans to have drinks and music inside Ole Red a few doors later.

A group of women in cowboy boots pose for a photo during CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, June 10, 2022.

Jessica Davis, the store’s marketing coordinator, said business is booming for them as Nashville recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“CMA definitely picked us up,” she said. “It’s like having 3-4 Saturdays in a row.”

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