Keith Urban Has a Passion for Fashion: The ‘American Idol’ Judge Talks Tees and More

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Keith Urban Has a Passion for Fashion: The ‘American Idol’ Judge Talks Tees and More
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Remember last season's "American Idol" opening, when diva judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey had to be escorted out on to the stage by Keith Urban and Randy Jackson because they couldn't walk in their sky-high heels? Well, hand holder Keith Urban thinks fashion shouldn't be painful!

He recently told In Style, "I don't suffer for fashion. If you don't feel comfortable, then the clothes wear you."

While his stint on last season's "Idol" judges' panel showcased a bevy of laid back tees and his telltale arm ink, Urban recently dished on his personal style -- and it's all over the board!

"The folks at Prada have always been helpful to me," he said, adding that he likes a "rock-and-roll cut of pants" and "hand-tied bow ties" that mimic the styles of the 1920s and '30s.

Jeans are strictly Levi's, while much of his T-shirt collection comes from eBay.

"I like Ames Bros. shirts, but I buy a lot in vintage places and on eBay," he said. "The vintage concert Ts were cut better: shorter sleeves, good collars, and better fabric. I do a lot of my concert merchandise line based on those."

Urban isn't the only "Idol" alum to talk fashion. While original judge Simon Cowell was known for his plain white tees, other judges have been more colorful.

Nicki Minaj -- who's set to launch a new clothing line for Kmart later this year -- dished at a press conference, "I've always loved humongous earrings, bamboo earrings. I tend to love animal print. I love pops of color, so I definitely want to have some neons in there that just make you feel bad."

She also talked dressing up in dresses, which make her feel "romantic and sexy." "It doesn't have to be super over-the-top sexy," she said. "Some of the dresses I've been doing lately are completely covered-like the sweater dresses-and my fans have really responded to it."

Even "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, who has his own fashion line of shirts under the JEM Sportswear label The R Line, doled out this piece of fashion advice: "The combination of a blazer over any T-shirt with a pair of jeans is foolproof."

Of course, other "Idol" alums have committed some major fashion faux pas.

Former judge Steven Tyler was dubbed a "style terrorist" by GQ, and the accompanying slideshow featured a look back at his leopard print threads, horse hair scarves, pinstripe suits with high top sneaks, and belly shirts with tight white hip huggers, describing one look as "a 1920s gangster-turned-burlesque performer."

Meanwhile, his daughter, Liv Tyler, told NY Mag, "My dad wears girls' clothes - it's so funny. Sometimes I see him and I'm like, 'Nice shirt!', because it's from my closet."

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