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What to Wear to the Houston Rodeo

what to wear to the houston rodeo

Y’all! Rodeo season is upon us, and it’s time to get ready for this momentous event in Houston. If you haven’t heard, the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show is the world’s largest rodeo! They say everything is bigger in Texas and they’re not kidding.

For nearly a month, the city of Houston more or less shuts down as people take off work to volunteer, eat fried oreaos, and country dance to the wee hours of the morning. The Livestock Show, nightly concerts in NRG Stadium, wine garden, BBQ Cook-Off, and carnival food and rides are all fan favorites.

What to Wear to the Houston Rodeo

People from all over the world travel to Houston to partake in this event. And you know they look the part. Whether you’ve grown up in boots or it’s your first rodeo (ha!), here are some tips on what to wear to the Houston Rodeo!

  • Denim everything. I’m talking vests, jackets, dresses, skirts, jewelry, etc. Boot cut jeans are the move because (obviously) everyone is wearing boots. But you’ll fit in with just about anything denim.
  • Textures. Rodeo goers love to get dolled in outfits that are layered with rhinestones, turquoise, feathers, and leather. Which brings me to my next point…
  • Animal print. If it can be made into a boot, people are wearing it. Expect to see Houstonians rocking snakeskin, alligator, cowhide, and all the patterned blouses, bandannas and dresses that go with it.
  • Fringe. Whether it’s on your vest, your dress, your skirt, your purse or your boots, fringe is always a rodeo winner.
  • Boots! Don’t even think about leaving the house without them. If you live in Houston, invest in a good study pair that are comfortable to walk in. They’ll last you years.

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Rodeo Outfit Tips

  • Dress warm. March weather in Houston can get chilly at night. I’m always glad I have a jacket when I’m leaving the stadium close to midnight after a concert.
  • Shoes for comfort. Be prepared to walk for literally miles at the rodeo. The stadium grounds and carnival are huge, so comfortable walking shoes are a plus. There’s a reason every Houston businessman cowboys wear boots to work–they’re down right comfortable!
  • Clear purse. NRG Stadium prohibits you bringing in anything larger than a 4.5in x 6.5in clutch. If you want a bigger bag through security, bring a clear one.
  • External charger. Cell-service is tough inside the fair grounds and you’re def gonna want to post videos of the concert on your story! If you don’t have room in your bag, mosey on over to any of the 20 charging stations across NRG Park for a free one-day rental, courtesy of Reliant.

5 Houston Rodeo Outfits

A closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear? Here’s a few Houston rodeo outfit looks that you can use for inspo to pull an outfit together.

Midnight Rodeo

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Wine Garden Ready

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Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Houston Rodeo Outfit

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Texas Chica

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Carnival Queen

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Where to Shop

If you’re looking to shop local to get rodeo ready, check out these stores in the Houston area to find your perfect rodeo outfit!

  1. Jubilee in the Heights – Located in the historic 19th St in the Heights, Jubilee is full of budget-friendly rodeo finds like western style dresses and accessories for women.
  2. Leopard Lounge – This resale shop in Montrose has refreshed its spring inventory to feature tons of rodeo-worthy wear. I popped in last week and loads of boots were on sale, as well as leather jackets, vintage button-downs, and embroidered vests.
  3. Emerson Rose – Heights and Montrose locations are bursting with edgy rodeo fashion. Complete your look with ankle boots, sunglasses, playful graphic tees, and turquoise jewelry. A disproportionate amount of my salary goes to buying earrings at Emerson Rose.
  4. Tecovas – Located in the Rice Village district, Tecovas is an Austin-based brand that makes handmade boots that don’t break the bank. Their Rice Village store features a boot shine stand, stocked bar, and full product lineup. I own the Lucy suede ankle boot and love them!
  5. Pinto Ranch – You’ll find everything you need at this fine western wear shop in the Galleria area for men and women, including handmade boots, western attire and accessories. Check out the leather branding shop to personalize purchases!
  6. Cavender’s Boot City – Your one-stop shop for western attire, Cavender’s has several Houston locations where you can find a huge selection of boots, hats, clothing and accessories for men and women. I bought my first pair of cowboy boots at their booth at the rodeo sophomore year of high school, and I still wear them today!
  7. Kendra Scott – I would be remiss to not include this Texas-based jewelry brand on the list! The earrings and dangle necklaces are so iconic at the rodeo, you can play a drinking game for each time you see them. (I’ve done it!). I love the Texas charms and turquoise collections.
  8. Lucchese – This 130-year-old family business from El Paso sells high-end western boots and leather goods for men and women at its Highland Village store.
  9. Boot Barn – This retail chain has several locations in Houston offering a varied selection of hats, jeans, boots, western wear and accessories for men, women and kids.
  10. Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo– The rodeo itself has over 300 vendors selling everything under the sun to meet your rodeo needs from leather goods and art pieces to western wear and hats! The Lone Star Market is an outdoor shopping location, located on the west side of the NRG Astrodome, featuring new local businesses throughout the Rodeo, which will change each time you go.

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