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What to Wear to the County Fair

When fair season comes around, equestrians across the United States make the trek to their local fairgrounds to enjoy live rodeo demonstrations, every type of fried food imaginable, and ride on carnival classics like “The Scrambler.” It’s also a chance to put on your best Western equestrian apparel and show off your most trendy look. If you’re not sure what to wear– never fear, Breeches.com is here with recommendations for every style. 

Jeans and Cowboy Boots: A Match Made in Heaven

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First things first, you have to get your cowboy boots sorted out. When it comes to Western equestrian apparel, you have to build your outfit from the bottom up, starting with the most important part: your cowboy boots. Remember, the majority of your boots will be covered with your jeans, unless you’re wearing over-the-knee boots with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings. Because only the toe will be showing, you’ll want to prioritize fashion boots that have details on the foot of the boot. 

For someone looking for a more feminine boot, check out the  TuffRider Mormon Embroidered Square Toe Boots. Made of a rich, brown leather, these boots feature embroidered white flowers up and down the shaft of the boot, as well as on the toe. When worn with bootcut jeans, you’ll be able to see delicate white flowers poking out from beneath your pants. 

If flowers aren’t quite your thing, take a look at the  TuffRider Ostrich Print Round Toe Boots. With an ostrich-inspired vamp and burnished leather shaft, these boots scream class. The Cuban style heel offers a little extra height and status for the wearer, while also providing enhanced stability. Clean contrast topline stitching is the cherry on top. 

All About the Accessories

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“I see bold accessories as a woman’s armor.” - Rachel Zoe

This quote by American fashion designer Rachel Zoe says it best. You should never leave the house without a great accessory. Before you leave to head to the county fair, put the finishing touch on your Western equestrian apparel with help from a wallet, handbag, or, of course, a great ball cap. 

If you’re someone who loves a neat and tidy clutch, you’ll love the  Lila Rodeo Clutch by AWST International. Perfect if you love to watch the barrel racers at the fair, this zippered wallet with wristlet includes three inside compartments along with two bill fold slots and eight credit card slots, plus plenty of room for your phone. 

But, if you’d rather have your hands free, grab this  Lila Toile Pattern Handbag. Featuring vintage-style horses galloping through the trees against a cream background, this is one eye-catching accessory. This handbag is fully lined with a zippered top closure and accessory pockets, so you won’t lose anything small, like chapstick. Plus, it’s trimmed with high-quality vegan leather!

Finish up your Western equestrian apparel with a tongue-in-cheek  “Ride It Like You Stole It” hat. Designed to look distressed, this traditional baseball cap is made from 100 percent cotton and has an adjustable velcro closure. But if you prefer a trucker-style hat, check out this  Grit and Gut Trucker Cap. With a mesh back and snap closure, this hat will help you stay cool in the heat of the day. 

Keep It Casual

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What better place to wear this  Rodeo T-Shirt than to the rodeo? Perfect for casual fair fashion, this t-shirt features a vintage vibe with a graphic of a bucking horse against a red-white-and-blue southwestern background. Its bold decal will give you the courage to take risks in life– like ride that roller coaster you’ve been avoiding. Ready, set, ride! 

We didn’t forget about the guys! If you’re a fan of Cinch Jeans, show your allegiance with this comfortable and casual  Cinch Jeans T-Shirt. An all-season pick that's ideal for ranch work or a trip to the county fair, this screen-printed tee would fit right in among the Western equestrian apparel you’ll see at the county fair. 

While we’re always partial to cowboy boots, if you’d rather keep it casual when it comes to your footwear, check out the  TuffRider Slip-On Graphix Shoes. These comfortable yet stylish shoes are crafted out of durable canvas that come in five stunning Southwestern patterns. 

Tried and True Classics


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If you’re not feeling very adventurous when it comes to Western equestrian apparel, that’s okay! You can fall back on some tried-and-true classic pieces that will always look great at any county fair. 

When in doubt, reach for a denim shirt or jacket. The  Stetson Classic Denim Shirt is a great choice that can be worn in multiple different styles. Wear it buttoned up for a more modest look, or wear it open over a neutral colored tank top for a more modern style. If you’re feeling like you want to try a little something new, leave it unbuttoned and tie the bottom of the shirt together for a cool twist effect. Check out more ideas from the  Ways of Style blog here

Or, if you’re feeling like you want to keep things simple, choose a sporty black short-sleeved shirt, like this  Sport Shirt from Goode Rider. A classic shirt like this one can be paired with a nice pair of bootcut jeans and a pair of cowboy boots for a subtle but stylish outfit, particularly when paired with the right accessories. 

Whether you’re headed to the fair or to the barn, Breeches.com is here for all your Western equestrian apparel needs. We’re proud to provide our customers with products from trusted brands, like  Tuffrider,  Wrangler, and  Stetson

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