All the Details on Jennifer Nettles's Seven (!!) CMA Country Christmas Special Costumes

12/01/2011 at 04:30 PM ET

Jennifer Nettles CMA Country Christmas
Courtesy CMA

Jennifer Nettles has that newlywed glow, but she also has one heck of a wardrobe, which she’ll showcase Thursday night on the CMA Country Christmas special. The Sugarland singer, who’s hosting the show, is changing seven times, wearing looks by every designer from A.L.C. to Yves Saint Laurent.

“We just thought it would be fun,” stylist Gillian Steinhardt tells PEOPLE of the crazy amount of costumes. “When she does performances we are limited to a specific silhouette. She’s more comfortable performing in pants, so we wanted an opportunity to dress up in ways she’s not normally seen.”

Though Nettles’s favorite look was a custom-made bustier and leggings by Steinhardt and designer Lauren Bradley (bottom right) — “that was fun for her,” the stylist says — what she really loved were the red Givenchy blouse and black polka dot Diane von Furstenberg pants (top left).

“We kept calling it ‘the crazy aunt so-and-so at the Christmas party’ outfit,” Steinhardt recalls. “She loved that and she was like, ‘I want to wear this to my own holiday parties.’ In fact, she did take it home.”

Jennifer Nettles CMA Country Christmas
Courtesy CMA

All the glitter and shine wasn’t just for the cameras; it was for the season, too, Steinhardt says. “It’s the holidays, we had to have sparkle, sparkle, sparkle — as much as possible,” she explains. “She wanted an element of kitsch and glamour and whimsy — and also a sort of sophistication — but a little fun. She’s a showgirl at heart, and she loves the holidays.”

It’s that inner showgirl that allows Nettles to wear these outfits so well, Steinhardt says. “You have to own a look, and she recognizes that she can own it,” she shares. “She knows the power of clothing.” Tell us: Are you tuning in tonight? Which look is your favorite?

–Eileen Finan

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jr on

Worst show I’ve ever seen. Amy Grant loss her voice or misplaced it,never was that great a singer anyway and Vince Gill need to go on a diet or quit the botox shots to the face.Sorry kelly you can carry a tune either ,left you’re bucket at home again? Where was Reba,Sara,Allen;George,and my Dolly?

Sandy Burns on

I did enjoy the CMA Christmas special, but wasn’t that thrilled with all of Ms Nettles choices of clothes. This was after all a Christmas show for children and adults and I don’t think it was a good choice for her to have such revealing outfits for young children to look at. I mean, really one wrong wardrobe malfunction and she could have been naked on the top halve of her body. It was really a poor choice to dress like that for me and others that I talked to about her wardrobe or lack of it.

Nickie on

Nettles had the worst outfits I have ever seen
on an awards show

Hazel on

Jennifer hosting anything is like nails on a chalkboard, listening to her sing is excrutiating enough much less talk.

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Very nice style and design and superb articles, absolutely nothing else we require :D.

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