Dolly Parton Admits She’s Not Like the Rest of Us and Did Not Wear Sweatpants Throughout the Last Year

by Jennifer Shea

Dolly Parton doesn’t do sweatpants. Just as the country superstar doesn’t like to go without makeup, she similarly refused to spend the pandemic moping around in sweats.

In fact, in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Parton shared that she has her own special outfit to wear around the house. And she acknowledged that her style is “overexaggerated.” But she said it’s relatively cheap to maintain. Parton swears by the inexpensive drugstore makeup and wigs that have become her trademark.

“I don’t wear sweatpants,” Parton informed the Journal. “But I do like to be comfortable like everybody else. I have my own little house clothes, like a little dress-type teddy, a long teddy, then I have a little jacket or shirt to match if I get cold. I call them my baby clothes because they’re soft like a baby. But I don’t wear sweat clothes.”

Dolly Parton Branches Out into Beauty Products

As a globally recognized superstar with a Q Score (a marketing metric) that puts her among the top five most appealing U.S. women celebrities, Parton makes a natural pitchwoman for beauty products. And sure enough, she’s got a fragrance (“Dolly: Scent from Above”) due out in July, with a line of makeup and wigs on the way.

Parton herself still lives in her makeup. She sleeps in it at night in case something happens to force her from her house in the wee hours. She continues to use the Maybelline and Max Factor products she has “for all of my grown years.” And she does her own makeup.

“I don’t like to go home and just tear down completely, because my poor husband has to look at me,” Parton said. “And in the morning when I get up I start all over again, put on my makeup and then touch it up through the day.”

Parton revealed to the Journal that she had a surprising inspiration for her signature style. It was the town tramp in her hometown. People called the woman trash, Parton said. But to her, the woman was beautiful. And she tried to emulate that style as she hit adulthood.

Parton Has an Uplifting Takeaway from the Pandemic

Dolly Parton stayed busy during the pandemic. She released a book (“Songteller: My Life in Lyrics”), a Christmas album, a Netflix holiday musical, a box set of career highlights, a baking line for Williams Sonoma and a flavor of ice cream. She also did her part toward the rollout of coronavirus vaccines, donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to fund Moderna’s vaccine research.

All the same, Parton has also found time for reflection. And the country superstar said our society has been “held up to the light” during this period. What does she mean by that? Just that the spirit of helping each other through difficult times has revealed our true nature.

“I know I’ve learned a lot about myself, and by doing things to help other people, it’s helped me, too,” Parton told the Journal. “Because you know the old saying, ‘By teaching I am taught.’ By making other people try to feel good and lift them up, it’s lifted me up. Doing something to make somebody else feel good, in turn makes me feel good. That has really provided a lot of solace for me.”

A lot of people learned about patience during the pandemic, and Parton is one of them. She said most of us have become a little more tolerant over this past year. And that’s a beautiful thing.