EXCLUSIVE: The Scoop on Carrie Underwood's Sexy Tour Looks

04/12/2010 at 09:30 AM ET

PEOPLE Country

When it came to costumes for her “Play On” tour, Carrie Underwood was more than ready to shake up her good girl image with some seriously sexy looks. The country star called upon So You Think You Can Danceand American Idol resident costume designer Soyon An to help her create a smoldering stage look–including the opening act’s super-tight, black spandex catsuit.  “She starts off with a white jacket on the top, and then she takes that off to reveal the Swarovski crystal criss-cross halter,” Soyon tells PEOPLE. While this sparkling catsuit may seem more J.Lo than Carrie, Soyon says that simply isn’t so.  “She’s very fashion forward and very open to different types of clothing,” says the designer. “She wasn’t intimidated at all–she was ready for it. It’s a tough look but it’s her attitude–and obviously she’s got the body for it.” And to add an extra glam touch, Soyon designed a guitar strap encrusted with Swarovski crystals. “I designed [it] to match all three outfits in the [opening] segment. It was a very black-and-white formal and girly feeling.” Carrie wears a total of 14 separate costumes and 29 different looks throughout her “Play On” tour designed by Soyon, who got a major vote of confidence from the star. “[Carrie] is really fun to dress. She was very trusting,” says Soyon. “She was like, ‘You are in charge of my clothes and I want to focus on my music.'” For more on Carrie’s tour costumes, pick up the new PEOPLE Country issue on newsstands now.–reporting by Eileen Finan

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Hi on

Carrie Underwood is so dorky. She does not fit the look she is trying to pull off. I am so embarrassed for her.

Gigi on

Love me some Carrie Underwood!!! It’ so nice to see a down to earth girl with talent as well as beauty who remains unspoiled and has stayed away from the Hollywood pitfalls. She’s a wonderful role model for young women and girls.

ashley on

she can outsing Taylor Swift in her sleep. she’s beautiful and what does being a Christian have to do with wearing a particular style of clothing? judgmental “Christians,” you guys crack me up.

granna on

She’s beautiful! She’s also sexy without being raunchy! Don’t see anything wrong with that. She does have an amazing voice and can sing….more than I can say for that tween queen Taylor Swift. Her “live” voice sounds like fingernails going down a chalkboard! Taylor is a fad! Carrie is here for the long haul if she chooses. Don’t even compare the two! Look at Gretchen Wilson…she was selling like hotcakes and in demand everywhere and now she can’t even get her songs in the top ten.

granna on

Chesney sure is looking old, but still acting & singing like a college boy. In every photo his eyes are always squinting.

CAT on

WOW….I just saw her in concert last Friday…she is incredible and the show was fantastic!!!!
Prob one of the best concerts I have ever been too…
She is beautiful…inside and out…..
All her outfits were amazing and once again…..she is AWESOME!!!!!

Stephanie on

You go Kellie Jones.
You ROCK Carrie. All you haters need to learn how to be nice. Nice people are more appreciated than haters. No one likes a hater.

Frederika on

I do agree that her image change is probably due to her PR team and various management..but you know what, who cares? It can’t be argued that she has a wonderful voice, and appears to be a sweet, down-to-earth girl..Personally, I don’t care if she shows up in sweatpants, its her voice that’s is remarkable.

Melanie on

I attended a CU concert just three days ago. To say that she can’t compete with Miranda Lambert’s talent is ridiculous. I like Miranda, too. I saw her in concert just a couple of years ago. Miranda has a rocker edge, and she was entertaining, but she doesn’t have the powerful vocals that CU has. Carrie’s concert was incredible. The girl can sing.

GUY101 on

I agree with Natalie Jones, she is so beautiful and can sing just as beautifuly. There is no comparison between her and Taylor Swift. Taylor has never hit a note. Meg and Dudvillas, you are both jealous of what she has, she is here because of her voice not because she lost 30lbs. That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. GO CARRIE !!!!!

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