Published on July 31st, 2019
Bull riding events and the rodeo are very popular sports, and with plenty of television coverage and spectator engagement, they are great places to see and be seen. But that means you’ve got to know how to dress to impress.
These events can last many hours, so you also want to be comfortable. Here are some ideas to get you looking the part.
1. Cowboy Boots
A good, comfortable pair of high-quality cowboy boots is essential. If you’re going to be getting close to the animals, go for steel-toed boots in case you get trodden on.
You can go for plain or fancy designs, but your jeans should cover them anyway. Boots with tall riding heels always look great, but you might be doing a lot of walking, so a flatter heel might be more comfortable.
Your cowboy hat is essential rodeo wear. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you should take your time to make sure you get one that suits your style and your budget.
A felt hat will usually be more expensive than a straw hat, but it will look good and last longer. Straw hats might be the better option for summer wear, as they tend to be cooler.
3. Blue Jeans
The style of jeans you wear is generally down to your shape and size and comfort is important. For the guys, a snug (but not too snug) fit is the preferred look. Women look great in well-fitting boot-cut jeans.
In any case, your jeans need to be long enough to sit right over your boots. For ladies who prefer skinny jeans, that’s fine, but they have to go inside the boots. When the temperature rises, the ladies could stay cool in cute cut-off jeans.
Men and women should be wearing a pearl snap-fastening Western shirt, preferably with a button-down collar, topped by a vest. Plaid is the go-to design, but stripes and paisleys are all right as well.
Underneath the shirt, the guys can wear a plain T-shirt, while women could go for a plain or logo T-shirt if the weather is not too hot.
5. Leather Belts
Whether or not you need help holding your jeans up, a big leather belt is essential for both men and women. You also need a big silver belt buckle. Buckles come in many designs, and how ornate is up to you.
Just remember that you need to tuck your shirt in, or how will anybody see your fancy buckle?
6. Western Accessories
A lady’s rodeo outfit wouldn’t be complete without some statement jewelry to dress things up. A turquoise and silver necklace and silver earrings work well.
For a more earthy look, you could choose a leather bracelet. Unless they’re competing, guys should avoid flashy Western add-ons such as spurs, chaps, bolo ties, and bandanas.
Now that you’ve got all the right gear, you can head out to the rodeo or bull-riding competition confident that you’ll fit right in.