When you are about to go to your first summer fair or festival, you might wonder what it is that you have to wear. You want to look cute, but you also want to stay comfortable. You’ll need something that will transition from day to night and can do everything from dance the night away to go on carnival rides.
Few things do that as well as western wear. There is just something special about the clothing that makes it feel on-trend and comfortable at the same time. Even better, it is durable and easy to clean – meaning you won’t care about the grass stains from sitting when you’re too tired or that beer someone spilled down your back.
Here are a few ways to get started:
Cowgirl Jeans, Skirts or Shorts
Denim is really your go to for every summer fair or festival because it is so durable and will never go out of style. Use that as your basic material and choose the silhouette that fits your personal style.
Jeans: For night time festivals or days when it is going to be a little colder, find yourself a great pair of comfortable jeans. Skinny jeans look great with cowboy boots, bootcut jeans also make a great impact if you don’t want something quite so tight.
Skirt or Dress: Nothing beats a great skirt or dress when it is extremely warm outside. There are some cute options that you have that can include denim or don’t have to. Even better, dresses allow you to impress that special someone, move around and dance, and still stay cool enough when the humidity rises.
Shorts: Of course, there is nothing better for a summer festival or fair than a pair of great denim shorts. No matter what length you choose, they are great for sitting around, running around, going on rides, and look great at the same time. Invest in a pair of shorts at the start of summer and you’ll be surprised what you’ll get out of them by the end.
It is difficult to find anything better than a cowboy boot for comfort and style. Western wear wouldn’t be what it is without high quality cowboy boots in any style. Don’t feel like you have to stick to one specific look. Using different boots for different fairs or festivals can really change up your outfit and make it look unique and special each time.
Go for something like the Justin Style, handcrafted leather boots that are sturdy and seriously made for walking and dancing. It looks more like a traditional style boot but can be dressed up. The heel is a traditional style and has a pointed toe, which keeps with the classic styling.
If that doesn’t fit your interests, the Ariat Style cowboy boot is made for a wide range of feet. If you don’t want your feet to hurt after a day at the fair, this is the one for you. It is a bit wider, which means it can withstand more load than other boots. The boots themselves are made of premium leather.
Finally, the Nocona Style is the choice for people who have to work or help out during the day but want to have fun at night. They are the most traditional western boots because you have plenty of options in your toe styling and heels, meaning you can get the best of both worlds: comfort and style without sacrifice.
You probably have the most leeway when you consider the tops you are going to wear. There are plenty of options out there and so many variations.
You can go with something elegant if you are going to go on a date. These are the embroidered, flowy shirts that are lightweight enough to wear on the hottest days but won’t show off as much skin.
Plaid shirts are of course the traditional staple for most western wear looks. You can get a button down and do so much with it – wear it down for a traditional look, roll the sleeves during the day and then put them down when it gets colder, or you can tie it up so show off your figure.
It is really up to you to determine which one will work best.
The most important thing you can do to really push your western wear over the edge? Accessorize it. There are so many options out here but a few that are traditional will really be what you need. Start with jewelry, add in some silver earrings, a bit of turquoise, some leather, and you’ve got yourself an entire look. So much so that even a plain outfit will look a little bit more western with some bracelets or a chunky necklace.
Of course, belts and bigger belt buckles always helps. Something as simple as a leather belt with a great encrusted buckle can add a touch of glamour and personalization to your outfit.
The crème de la crème, however? The most important accessory you can add? A cowboy hat. Make sure to match it to the rest of your outfit in terms of size, materials, and color, and you will pull everything together nicely. Plus, it can keep the sun off of your face.
You don’t have to buy an entirely new wardrobe for summer fairs and festivals. Instead, you should invest in a few key pieces that will take your outfits to the next level. Western wear is all about being comfortable and looking great at the same time.