Kristen Bell, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kimberly Perry, Nicole Kidman

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Inside the 2013 CMT Music Awards may have been a rocking good time but the red carpet was surprisingly subdued.

The normally sequin-heavy preshow, while still somewhat shimmery, was filled with more refreshingly chic yet understated choices.

So who skipped the sparkle? Nicole Kidman and Kristen Bell went with figure-hugging LBDs, Taylor Swift donned a beaded Elie Saab high-low number, Kimberly Perry and Jana Kramer opted for lace gowns, and Carrie Underwood showed up in an Edition by Georges Chakra short suit.

There was a bit of dazzle thanks to Kellie Pickler and Kacey Musgraves, but overall, subtle yet stunning reigned supreme last night.

To see all of our favorite looks, click through our best dressed gallery.

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