Style Watch – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


Over 2.5 million people attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, making it one of the most attended events in the country. From big belt buckles to cowboy hats, fashion with a nod to country roots rules at the rodeo. Let’s take a look at some of the top trends.

Timeless Style: The Traditional Jean

If there is one thing almost every Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo-goer will be wearing, it’s jeans. If you have a pair of jeans, you will fit right in. Popular styles include straight-leg, bootcut and skinny jeans. For women, look for details such as stonewashed fabrics, button flap-back pockets, crystal rivets and stud accents. Bootcut Jeans, like those available by Dear John, are a great place to start in your search for the perfect pair of jeans.

Tops with a Country Edge

From the classic western shirt to comfortable t-shirts, all women’s tops exhibit a touch of western flair. Hot looks for shirts include Aztec prints, windowpane plaids, color-blocking and hi-lo hems. Elements that are on-point include cut out necklines, lace embroidery and raglan sleeves. For warm weather, choose a sleeveless top and you can’t go wrong.

Flirty Dresses and Skirts

Get girly at the rodeo by wearing a flirty dress with boots. Add a chic western classic to your wardrobe, such as the fringe dress or chambray shirtdress. Geometric print dresses in bold colors keep things simple with two or three colors. Dance the night away in your leather miniskirt or classic blue jean skirt, or even a woven skirt; no matter which skirt you choose, you’ll be the queen of the dance floor!

Boots to Love

Kick up your heels in a pair of cowboy boots, the perennial classic choice in footwear for the rodeo. Western boot toes come in a variety of styles, including square, round, snip, roper and traditional. Short boots are surging in popularity for the fashion-forward cowgirl. For a feminine look, try a pair with a simple yet elegant shaft.

Statement Jewelry

Add a touch of bling to your rodeo style with western art-inspired jewelry. Coordinate your outfit with great accessories, including a statement necklace, earrings and bracelets. Key materials for jewelry include turquoise, coral, sterling silver, copper and gold. Cuffs are hot and seen everywhere, and are a must for any true fan of fashion.

Wild West Handbags

Accent your rodeo wardrobe with a handbag to complete your overall look. Popular styles include crossbody, hobo, shoulder and tote. Elements to look for include distressed leather, fringe accents and bold contrast rivets. Try a vintage crossbody for a truly inspired saddle bag.

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