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What To Wear to a Rodeo: A Guide to Our Favorite Styles


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So you're going to a rodeo and you want to dress for the occasion. You're thinking Western wear, right? Well, you don't have to go all out in boots and a cowboy hat if you don't want to -- but we're here to encourage you to have some fun with your outfit. We recommend you dress comfortably and for the weather, but don't be scared to channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl. Whether it's your first time or your 30th time -- or you just need inspiration for your next rodeo outfit -- we've got you covered with several looks we love. Rodeo fashion is beyond just boots and hats (although we love a good boot and hat) , and we'll prove it to you. These outfits are so nice, the Duttons would be jealous. Here's our favorites:

For the Casual Dresser 

A Lightweight Knitted Sweater

PRETTYGARDEN Women's Fashion Long Sleeve Striped Color Block Knitted Sweater - Amazon, $15.99+ 

You can't go wrong with a knitted sweater -- and this will look great with jeans and cowgirl boots. It has a country vibe that will look great with some statement jewelry. It's soft, lightweight, and has a pull-on closure and ribbed cuffs. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

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A Classic Pair of Wrangler Riding Jeans

Wrangler Ultimate Riding Jean - Wrangler, $69 

Here's a pair of boot-cut jeans from Wrangler to pair with your cute lightweight sweater. Every country girl needs a pair of these for rodeo events or for everyday wear -- and these were literally designed with cowgirls in mind (they're riding jeans, after all). Bootcut jeans are making a major comeback, and these classic mid-rise jeans are 100% cotton, making them stretchy and breathable. The straight leg is perfect for showing off your boots, too. These are a must-have you can pair with anything.

Yes, You Need a Pair of Boots

what to wear to a rodeo - boots womenLaredo Women's Malinda - Amazon, $114.95+

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C'mon now. If you don't have a go-to pair of boots by now, you need to get a pair. Rodeo-goers love Laredo boots. Even people who don't frequent rodeo events often wear cowboy boots -- in Texas, it's normal for people to have that "rodeo look" 24/7. These boots are sturdy and classic, and they'll match just about all your outfit ideas, whether it's a western shirt, rodeo dress, or T-shirt. They're made of leather and rubber, and these traditional Western-style boots have a square toe. The heel is just under two inches, so not high at all, making these perfect for walking around the rodeo grounds. Laredo's goal for over 45 years has been to provide high-quality and affordable western wear for everyone, and that's why we love them. These boots are available in sizes 6-10.

A Breezy Button-Up Shirt 

Levi's Men's Classic One Pocket Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt - Amazon, $33.70+

Alright, gentlemen, if you don't want to go the western route but still want to look nice, consider a Levi's button-up shirt. It will look polished but not fancy with a pair of jeans and boots -- and the 100% cotton shirt has a button closure and is absolutely timeless. Feel free to size up for a casual, relaxed fit. Choose from seven different colors and prints.

A Pair of Levi's Western Fit Jeans

Levi's Men's Western Fit Cowboy Jeans - Amazon, $29.72+

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Levi's cowboy jeans will look perfect with your button-up, of course. These jeans in a western fit are straight leg and inspired by the Wild West -- but still offer a modern look. They're a classic style made with durability in mind, so they're great for the outdoors. They also have ergonomic pockets, a reversed yoke, and safety inseams for extra comfort. Lastly, there's a bartack clipping guard for customizable ease over boots. Sounds like these were made for the rodeo. Don't forget to grab a matching denim jacket as well!

A Pair of Modern Ariat Boots

ARIAT Men's Groundbreaker Square Toe Work Boot - Amazon, $144.95

These Ariat boots are great find. The 100% full-grain leather boot has a suede upper and rubber sole. These waterproof boots were designed with comfort in mind -- the supportive cushioning makes them ideal for farm work, the warehouse, and more. They're oil- and slip-resistant, too. They're also quite affordable for boots: They're priced right under $150, and the two-toned look is modern and on-trend.

For A Full-On Western Look

This Classic Western Shirt

Wrangler Women's Long Sleeve Western Snap Work Shirt - Amazon, $37.79+

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If you want to go out, it's time to step it up and go all out with a Western staple: a classic pearl snap shirt. This button-down shirt from Wrangler comes in various colors and sizes. The snap closure is one of western's best-loved specs on shirts. It's made of 98% cotton and is also finished with surged details and a riser label on the left pocket flap. Pick your favorite color, and pair it with a pair of boots, boot-cut jeans, and a cowboy hat. Don't forget your belt buckle!

The Iconic Flared Jeans from Wrangler

Retro Mae Jean - Wrangler, $69+

These jeans are Western classics: The "W" stitching on the back two pockets are iconic, and the boot-cut jeans are flared while the top is fitted, so you won't look boxy. The Mae jeans put a contemporary twist on the cowgirl cool aesthetic, and are perfect for the rodeo. They come in various washes. Grab a nice leather belt to match these bestsellers.

A Stetson -- Need We Say More?

Stetson Hats Women's Tallahassee Shantung 3 Brim - Amazon, $100+ 

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Stetson hats are an absolute staple. I mean, if every rodeo had a dress code, Stetson hats would be at the top of the list. The brand was founded in 1865 and has been an iconic and beloved choice for cowboy hats ever since. Not to sound biased, but these hats are made in Texas, so you know they're handcrafted by the best. The fitted hat comes in various sizes and will match a lot of your outfits, including button-ups, boho dresses, and more.

A Classic And Rugged Wrangler Snap Shirt

Cowboy Cut Modern Work Shirt - Wrangler, $39

This Wrangler work shirt has fantastic authentic details, including a spread collar and spade flap-snap pocket, and a Western-inspired front and back yokes. They even included the pencil slot. The work shirt has a rigid look and feel that won't fade after many, many washes. It comes in various colors and is a rodeo staple, so be sure to have one (or a few) in your closet.

The Perfect Pair of Cowboy Cut Jeans

Wrangler Cowboy Cut Jeans - Wrangler, $49 

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Cowboy Cut jeans from Wrangler are perfect for all kinds of cowboy boots -- and these high-rise pants have the perfect fit that's absolutely made for your favorite pair. The comfy jeans have Wrangler's well-known authentic details: a neolite patch, five-pocket styling, and their signature 'W' stitching. These are a must-have for those who want to go all out at the rodeo.

A Stetson Cowboy Hat With Incredible Details

Stetson Cowboy - Amazon, $75+

As mentioned, it doesn't get better than Stetson. Now here's a hat that's absolutely perfect for matching your many pearl snap shirts. This made-in-the-USA hat is made of 100% genuine leather and is dry clean only. Be sure to keep it in a place where it can't be damaged, and buy a hat box to protect it. Seriously, this is an investment piece that will last for a long time, and reviewers love the shapeable brim. One writes: "This is the best cowboy hat I found in this price range after a weeks worth of shopping and comparing."

For The Trendsetter

A Highrise Pair of Wranglers

Wrangler Retro High-Rise Trouser Jean - Wrangler, $79

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High-rise jeans with a wide leg are such a look. Sorry Daisy Duke, but the cut-off denim shorts aren't in style anymore -- It's all about these Wrangler retro jeans now. These pants have a high rise (perfect for crop tops) and a classic five-pocket styling for a superior stretch. The pants are finished with their iconic details that make them a rodeo favorite: flat copper rivets, a rope logo shank, a leatherback pocket patch, and the 'W' pocket stitching.

Be Bold in a Cow Print Crop Top

Shein Women's Cow Print Crop Top One Shoulder Tank Top Sleeveless Vest - Amazon, $15.99+

So, this is definitely a shirt for the bold, because this crop top paired with the retro jeans and a pair of black boots will surely turn some heads. Young women who appreciate rodeos but don't want to stray away from on-trend looks will adore these fun outfits for rodeos, country music festivals and concerts. The lightweight shirt is stretchy and comes in various sizes and looks. If you're not into crop tops, try this fun Willie Nelson T-Shirt or this breezy top instead.

A Black Pair of Cowboy Boots for Some Edge

Ariat Heritage Round Toe Western Boots - Women's Leather Cowgirl Boots - Amazon, $147+

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Black boots are bold, cool, and match just about anything: and this western-style pair feature a rounded toe for a traditional look. However, they still offer modern comfort and support. They're made of premium full-grain leather and have a four-row stitch pattern for that western appeal we all love. The slip-resistance boots will last for years.

This Long-Sleeve Shirt From A Classic Workwear Brand

Carhartt Men's Loose Fit Heavyweight Long-sleeve Pocket T-shirt (Big and Tall) - Amazon, $22.99+

So you're not buying a western pearl snap shirt. No worries -- consider this Carhartt long sleeve instead. The comfy loose-fit shirt will look great with a pair of jeans. It's 100% cotton and has a rib-knit crewneck and cuffs. There's even a left-chest pocket with a sewn-on Carhartt label. Choose from 27 colors.

Some Faded Boot-Cut Levi's

Levi's Men's 541 Athletic-Fit Jeans - Amazon, $19.71+ 

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We love the bootcut fit on these Levi's. They'll look great with boots, but they're also great for pairing with your favorite pair of shoes, whether they're the Hey Dudes below or your favorite sneakers. Choose from over 10 different washes and four fits. These are a classic shape, but the modern fade is on trend and in style right now.

A Pair of Casual and Cool Boots

Hey Dude Men's Scott Casual Boots Multiple Colors - Amazon, $59.95+

Okay, you'll wear a pair of cowboy boots one day -- but for now, dress up and look stylish in a pair of Hey Dude casual boots. The boots have a rounded toe, are lightweight, and they're comfy. The elastic material allows them to flex with the foot and has a soft, breathable wool-blend lining to keep toes comfy and dry. They are slip-on shoes, which is super convenient. The removable memory foam cushioned sole reduces sweating and odors, however, if they do get dirty (or smelly), machine wash them in cold water. You'll be wearing these modern shoes with just about every outfit in your closet, and they come in five different colors.

Other Accessories to Consider:

Expect dirt at a rodeo. After all,"God made dirt, dirt don't hurt." Don't be scared to get a little messy, but be prepared with a bandana or a neck gaiter to keep dirt out of your face. Get one that will match your outfit all weekend, and you'll be sure to keep dirt from sticking inside your nose. Yuck! Also, they're helpful if you'll be around livestock for a while. Be sure to consider sunglasses and comfy socks for boots (especially if they're new). Also, a nice belt with a belt buckle will go a long way. We love this gorgeous one for women and this classic style for men.

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Some Don'ts

Don't wear flip-flops unless you want people to step on your toes a few times accidentally. Don't wear new boots without socks, and if you do, bring some Band-Aids. They might rub and give you a blister or cuts on your ankles. Ouch.

Some Do's

Be confident in your outfit -- you'll look amazing, and you'll have a lot of fun, too.

This piece was last updated on February 14, 2022. 

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