Rodeo Roundup

Here’s Your Checklist Of What To Wear To The Rodeo

Kick off the 2022 season with these yeehaw essentials.

By Danielle Wright

Complete your rodeo outfit checklist with these local staples. 

Howdy, Houstonians! rodeo season is officially underway; but before you round up your friends and head to NRG Stadium, an Instagram-worthy outfit choice needs to be established. From the best cowboy boots to cowgirl hats, local boutiques have everything you need to complete your rodeo outfit checklist. 

Between the carnival rides, mouth-watering foods, and the highly-anticipated livestock show, your camera roll will be stuffed with photos. Make those selfies pop with an on-theme outfit. Plentiful fringes, denim galore, and boho style are what’s trending for the ultimate Western-style look. But for those looking for a more toned-down outfit, a simple themed-graphic tee will do the trick. 

Scroll ahead to find what you need and where to buy your rodeo wardrobe essentials. 

Lucchese Summer Boot ($895)

Image: Lucchese

Cowboy Boots

Is it truly a rodeo without rocking a pair of cowboy boots? The staple boot can be found at shops throughout the city from traditional designs to swanky colors. For a classic handmade boot, stores like Tecovas, Lucchese, and La Hacienda customize their shoes to perfection. Check out the brown color-block The Prescott ($275), or the rusty chocolate Lewis ($395). There’s also a handful of women’s boots that range from simple to statement styles. The Jeffery Campbell daggot boot ($260) from Hemline in metallic blue will be the headliner of your outfit, while a timeless tan Summer heel ($895) is the right fit for a cowgirl. 

Pomp & Circumstance Free Spirited Vest ($58)

Nothing But Fringes

One of the easiest ways to take an outfit from drab to fab is with a few dangles of fringe. A complement to the Western look, fringe wear has been popping up around local Houston boutiques. Designer Nathalie Waldman’s Brown Concho Bag ($1,649) reworks the Louis Vuitton monogram fabric by adding an outline of beige fringing looped into the sides and a silver buckle applique to the opening. Impeccable Pig amplifies a simple knit sweater and adds thicker tassels for their On The Fringe ($64) garb. And for the ultimate Western look, Pomp & Circumstance’s Free spirited vest ($58) comes in black suede with a studded waist and extra-long fringes hanging down towards the knee. 

Lilly's Kloset Asymmetrical Side Flared Shorts ($60)

Denim on Denim

Denim is a fabric that will withstand the test of time and when paired with cowboy boots, you’ll have a peerless rodeo outfit. Beehive recently revamped their denim collection and featured the dark denim flare Dana ($138) jeans, as well as the Cassie ($158) jeans that are ankle-length, light denim and distressed on the knee. For warmer days, swap some jeans for a pair of denim shorts like these asymmetrical flared ($60) from Lilly’s Kloset, or skirts such as the indigo denim skirt ($56) from Ivy Park’s Rodeo collection. Denim jackets can also add to the ensemble while keeping you warm during the cooler days. Pell 1990’s black grunge denim jacket ($228) is a chunky ‘90s style, whereas the Rodeo Drive Jacket ($89) from P&C features the trendy fringe in rhinestones along the back for added pizzazz.

The Impeccable Pig Spring Forward Dress ($114)

Dress To The West 

For those who want a Western-style dress for the season, go for a bohemian look. Favor The Kind recently received a batch of bohemian silhouettes such as the cinnamon geometric Utopia Maxi Dress ($270) with quarter sleeves, a dark brown midi Jaslynn Dress ($248) full of florals and subtle ruffles, and the Waldorf Jacquard ($198) mini that’s off the shoulder with peachy colorways. Baby doll dresses can also be a great option for warmer days, and Impeccable Pig is flooded with new arrivals like this. The Just Having Fun Dress ($68) in printed lime with a batwing sleeve, Dorothy Dress ($124) with hot pink embroidery, and Spring Forward Dress ($114) with floral prints and lace trimming will all complement your cowboy boots for the ultimate Rodeo Houston style. Designer Chloe Dao also revealed rodeo dresses this season with a rusted pleat Kimono Dress ($118) and a flowy-tiered button-down dress ($138) in taupe. 

Emerson Rode Strait Up Tee ($37)

Image: Emerson Rose

Livestock Prints & Graphics 

While monochromatic colors are the safest option, prints can propel an outfit to high-fashion lengths. Cow prints are on the rise at local boutiques like Beehive’s Giddy Up pant ($69) and Emerson Rose’s Cowgirl’s Don’t Cry short ($43). Graphic tees inspired by Southern culture have also entered the style scene, like Favor The Kind’s babe tee ($30) with a pink cowgirl hat, the strait-up ($37) tee from Emerson Rose, inspired by country singer George Strait, and Stag Provisions horseshoe tee ($68) which is an off-white shirt with a maroon graphic. 

Teressa Foglia Westheimer Hat ($1,400)

Cowboy Hats 

Top off your look with the main accessory, the cowboy hat. Nowadays the style of a cowboy hat has evolved from simple to dressed up and fancy. Eponymous label Teressa Foglia, who recently opened a shop in River Oaks, revealed her latest Houston-inspired collection. The collection includes the Knowles ($1,400), a powder blue suede exterior with marble under the brim, the Westheimer ($1,400), a soft pink hat with cow print under the brim, and Memorial Drive ($1,550), an off-white exterior with silver and gold spots under the brim. Feeling more of a simple style? Pinto Ranch has a variety of classic styles like Charlie 1 Horse Highway Hat ($85) in silver wool with a ribbon accent, or the Bullhide Central Star Hat ($55) with Lonestar buckle.

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