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Long before Taylor Swift achieved country-pop crossover superstardom, Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain paved the way. With hits like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “From This Moment On,” Shania became the best-selling female artist in country music history, while her love of leopard print and sparkly catsuits made her a certifiable fashion icon.
Today marks the release of Now, Shania’s first studio album in 15 years; a world tour is coming in 2018. And since the timing couldn’t be better for her grand comeback, I revisited all of Shania’s many music videos in an attempt to narrow it down to the 10 most stylishly iconic. Below are the best of the best, from that gravity-defying “Forever and for Always” knit top to a certain leopard-print look that, two whole decades later, still impresses me much.
10. “You’re Still the One,” 1998
Arguably, the best outfit in this entire video is the towel worn by Shania’s hunky male-model costar, John Devoe — who, fun fact, also later appeared in her “That Don’t Impress Me Much” video. Still, the fluttery wrap dress (er, robe?) Shania wears while rolling around on a beach, “Wicked Game”-style, is pretty damn glamorous, too.
9. “Love Gets Me Every Time,” 1997
Shania wears a few different outfits in this one, which doubles as a behind-the-scenes look for her Come On Over album art shoot, but the best by far is her fire-engine red slip dress, furry (feathery?) bolero, and matching lip. I like to think that Shania wears this exact outfit around the house on Saturday nights, kicking back with a nice Cabernet and admiring her collection of Grammys.
8. “Ka-Ching!”, 2003
Okay, so this definitely isn’t Shania’s best song. Still, the video for her takedown of consumer culture features some killer clothes, like the red strapless evening gown she accessorizes with gobs of sparkly jewelry and a bedazzled updo — which we later learn is ripped from a Renaissance painting, whaaaat? And once the chorus kicks in, we see Shania in a newsprint-covered matching set (so early-aughts Dior) and a headpiece and belt made out of jangly silver coins. Coins! Because money!
7. “Forever and for Always,” 2003
We need to talk about this sweater, which defies both description and the laws of physics (seriously, how does it stay on her body?!). Shania said she made it herself using three scarves she bought in New Zealand — you know, as one does — and the resulting garment is somewhere between a cowl-neck snood, a backwards shrug, and a pair of arm warmers with an attached bandeau. Predictably, the knitting community went crazy trying to figure out the pattern for this piece.
6. “You’ve Got a Way,” 1999
More than a decade before flower crowns hit critical mass at Coachella and unicorn makeup dominated our Instagram feeds (hell, before Instagram even existed), Shania wore both for this video, along with an iridescent gown with a bodice made entirely of wildflowers. Honestly, my least favorite thing about “You’ve Got a Way” are the Notting Hill clips awkwardly shoehorned in every 30 or so seconds. And I love Notting Hill!
5. “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”, 2002
This is the singer’s “Toxic,” her “Bad Blood,” her Shania Tron. In it, we see her riding a motorcycle in skintight leather, battling evil robots, and looking straight-up amazing in a lace catsuit and waist-length curls. So what if the plot’s impossible to follow and the special effects are kind of cheesy? This is groundbreaking stuff!
4. “Any Man of Mine,” 1995
The video for Shania’s very first No. 1 single is essentially a Calvin Klein Jeans ad set to country music, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s got all the good stuff: Denim on denim! Chaps! Bare midriffs! Horses! It also once inspired me to hack the sleeves off of my favorite jean jacket and turn it into a vest. No regrets.
3. “From This Moment On,” 1998
Two words: Crushed. Velvet. Shania’s cream-colored halter gown and slicked-back ponytail are practically timeless; in fact, they wouldn’t look out of place on a Kardashian or Jenner sister today. Bonus points for the pretty gold ponytail cuff and coordinating eye makeup — although I could definitely do without that bindi.
2. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” 1999
In Shania’s role-reversed riff on Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video, she assumes the rightful role of singing superstar, relegating her buff, blank-faced male band members to the back row. The fashion, true to the song’s title, expertly mixes menswear and womenswear: Shania starts out in a buttoned-up business look (plus a top hat with an attached veil, casual), then gradually strips down to the “men’s shirts” and “short skirts” she references in the lyrics. It’s sexy, it’s empowering, and it’s super effing stylish. Let’s go, girls!
1. “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” 1998
Shania Twain might be the only person on the planet capable of pulling off head-to-toe leopard print in the middle of the desert. Her spotted cloak, crop top, and flares are downright iconic; she’s even got a matching hat box! [Ed. note: What do we think was in that hat box, anyway? A leopard-print hat? Enough glossy red lip color to last her a lifetime? The souls of all the other men she’s dragged?] No wonder Brad Pitt, car ownership, and rocket science didn’t impress Shania much: She’s already got it all.