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The Non-Cowgirl’s Guide To Rodeowear

When I was a junior in high school, I took a Psychology class. On the first day of class, the teacher made us state one fun fact or dream of ours in front of our peers. I have no idea what was going through my mind at the time, but for some reason, I blurted out, “I want to marry a cowboy.”

Like, what?? Who does that as a junior in high school???

Little did I know, this “fun fact” would be my identification for the entire semester. We were quizzed each day on our classmate’s names and facts – everyone had to memorize everyone’s. Meaning that each class member had it burned into their brain that I wanted to marry a cowboy…. Our final exam had a matching section and everyone had to match my name with the “wants to marry a cowboy” option. If anyone from that class is reading this…. leave me a comment and let me know. haha!

I knew even back then that I loved the country lifestyle. The manners, the laid-back lifestyle, the work ethic, all of it. This is how my dad was raised and it always seemed oddly appealing to me. Anyways, my wish didn’t exactly come true, but I came pretty darn close! Tyler’s extended family consists of cattlemen, rodeo queens, talented team ropers. Each summer, they all get together for the local rodeo and it’s one of my favorite things!!

This years rodeo took place a few weeks ago, and of course, I was couldn’t decide what to wear. I am by no means a “poser” or trying to be something I’m not, but I did have a little fun this year dressing the part using pieces I already had in my closet! If you have a local rodeo or dream of attending the PBR, I’ve got some outfit tips that will help you look the part and still be cute!

Tip #1: Bootcut Jeans

I stopped wearing bootcut jeans years ago when I discovered skinny jeans… But I put these on and WOWZA. I forgot how amazing they are! These jeans are seriously miracle workers, they elongate legs and slim figures like no other! I feel like I look 15 lbs. thinner in these photos. This style of jean is classic country. Bonus if they have sparkles on the back pockets!

Tip #2: An Obnoxious Belt

Let me set the record straight about this belt – I only bought it because these jeans are FAR too big for me. When I packed this outfit for the rodeo, I totally forgot to include a belt. If I hadn’t bought this one at the street fair, I think my pants might have actually fallen off… and nobody wants to see that. This type of belt seemed to be the only style for sale in Preston, Idaho so this is what I got. It cost about $40, but I now have one solid piece to complete a rodeo look year after year. Cow hair, rhinestones, the whole nine. If you don’t want to purchase a real cowgirl belt, any belt with a buckle will do! Just tuck in your shirt.

Tip #3: Boots

Don’t be fooled – you don’t need to have legit expensive cowboy boots to go to a rodeo. You can create an illusion by wearing a pair of boots (or booties) you already have a tucking them under your jeans! That’s right, these are short heeled booties that I’ve had for years, but they look so real! Really and truly, just wear a pair of boots you already have and nobody will ever know. 

Anyways, we are off to the Madison County rodeo tonight and I’ll be wearing this exact same outfit!

Have you ever been to a rodeo before? What did  you wear?? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!



Shop similar jeans here, top here, boots here, and belt here!

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