Just like country music, country clothing has changed drastically over the last 100 years. Throughout the last century, cowgirl fashion has evolved from long skirts and frilly blouses to skinny jeans and flannel button-downs.
While the fashion trends on the ranch have changed, a few things remain the same: cowgirls want clothes that are functional but still fashionable.
From frills to fringes, leather to denim and skirts to jeans, the cowgirl style has evolved over the last 100 years. Take a look at some of the cowgirls’ best styles of the last century.
Cowgirls around the turn of the century donned the classic long skirts, wide-brimmed hats, fringed vests and boots. Over 100 years later, many of these styles, like fringes and leather boots, still influence modern fashions.
The cowgirl of the “roaring 20’s” sports the same fringe and leather accents that were seen earlier in the twentieth century. Much like the flappers of this era, this progressive cowgirl takes on a less conservative look with a shorter hairstyle and (gasp!) pants.
The 1930’s cowgirls continue the trend of wearing pants. In this era, beaded embellishments become more popular, as seen on the second cowgirl from the right.
In the 1940’s, the cowgirls’ skirts get shorter and the pants get tighter. Gone are the days of long, baggy skirts and ruffly blouses. These rodeo queens are showing a little more skin with this more modern look.
Time to break out the plaid and denim. In the 1950’s, cowgirls start sporting classic Western wear: jeans and a flannel. This style is carried on throughout the ’50s and into the 1960’s, and it’s still a standard rodeo look today.
Bell bottoms and discos were all the rage in the ’70s, and even the rodeo queens copied these trends in their clothing styles. These fringed bell-bottoms combine the classic ’70s look with a touch of Western.
Fringed and embroidered button-downs ruled the rodeo in the ’80s.
Hats, belts and hip-hugger jeans dominate the cowgirl fashion scene in the ’90s and early 2000’s.
Twenty-first Century Cowgirls
Modern cowgirl styles have come a long way since the early 1900’s. While many cowgirls today pay tribute to the styles of the cowgirls of yesterday, the styles have changed drastically.
… to glam…
…. to traditional…
… and everything in between…
… there’s sure to be a modern cowgirl outfit to suit your style.