How to Dress Like a Cowboy: 5 Steps

**This post, minus a few updates, was originally published in 2011 on another blog I managed, but its popularity led me to share it with you too.**

The following is a a brief guide for guys on how to dress like a cowboy.  It is meant to help you choose what to wear to a rodeo as a spectator. You can wear whatever you like, of course, but if you want to be virtually indistinguishable from the guys competing in the arena, there are some important fashion “rules” that should be adhered to.  I have broken them down into 5 key areas:


resistol black gold1.) Hats

A cowboy hat is serious business.  If you are “in the know,” you can determine many things about a cowboy, by looking at his hat,  including where he lives, what event he competes in, and most of all, whether or not he’s a “real” cowboy (or at least knows how to dress like one).  The two main considerations here are material and shape.  Felt hats are normally going to be more expensive than straw hats, and it is my recommendation that if you are going to spring for a felt hat, get a pretty good one made by a reputable hat maker.american straw hatBy pretty good, I mean some sort of a beaver  or rabbit blend rather than a wool felt.  It will last longer and look better in the long run (and in the short, for that matter).  Hat quality is determined by the number of “X’s” a hat has, however there is no industry standard for “X’s” so one company’s 10X could be another company’s 20X.  Go with around a 6X or better from a company like Resistol, Stetson or American Hat Company and you should be fine.

If you don’t want to spring for a quality felt, get a nice looking straw hat. They tend to be a much cooler (temperature-wise) option for the summer too.

If proper fit is a concern for you, consider a custom hat. Companies like Greeley Hat Works will build you a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that fits your odd-shaped head like a glove.

justin boots

2.) Boots

Equally important to what you sport on your head is what you choose to put on your feet.  You won’t see too many cowboys wearing lace-up boots these days, and pointy toed boots or “cockroach killers” on a guy aren’t going to cut it either.  A simple roper-style boot with a flat heel and a round or square toe (square toes are very “in” right now) is your safest bet. The taller riding heel is nice looking but less practical if you will be doing more walking than riding. Most people will find the flat heel more comfortable.

Once you get the basic style down, there are hundreds of options in colors, materials and price point.  Expect to pay anywhere from $130 for a standard, basic leather boot, up to more than $500 for exotics like ostrich and caiman.  Oh, and no matter how pretty the tops of your boots are, your jeans should go over them, not the other way around.

*Note* When I originally published this post I got some flack over that last recommendation. Please understand, I am not saying jeans should never be tucked into boots, I am simply recommending that for the sake of “blending in at a rodeo,” it is best to wear your jeans over your boots. Nothing says “I am trying way too hard” like a brand new shiny pair of boots on display for the world to see. If you’ve got the cowboy prowess to back it up, by all means do whatever you want.mens western belt

3.) Belt

This is a tricky area. A trophy buckle on a cowboy is proof to the rest of the world that he can carry his weight in the arena. A nice custom-designed silver 3-piece buckle says, “I may not have won this, but I am enough of a cowboy to know what looks good holding my pants up.”  Pretty much any other kind of purchased western belt buckle (with a few exceptions) screams, “I am not a real cowboy!” Sporting a genuine trophy buckle that someone else won (while some may disagree with me on this) is perfectly acceptable in my book, because if you’re dressed well otherwise, nobody is going to know the difference. Borrow one from a cowboy friend, or check the pawn shops or ebay. Remember, retro is in, so “1956 Champion Saddle Bronc Rider” works, even if you weren’t yet hatched. . . could have been your dad’s, uncle’s or grand pappy’s.

If a trophy buckle isn’t an option, my best advice is to keep it simple, and avoid drawing a lot of attention to the area.  If you still want a silver buckle, I would recommend a tasteful and simple 3-piece style (Vogt makes some really nice ones).  Nothing with writing on it.  As mentioned previously, a “fake” trophy buckle can be spotted a mile away.  Custom-designed silver buckles with initials or a personal brand are totally different (and a great choice), but we won’t get into it here.

In the interest of cost and wearability, your best bet might be to just buy a simple leather belt, like the one shown here made by Ariat, that comes with a tasteful buckle. If your boots are brown, buy a brown belt. It doesn’t necessarily need to be the same shade. Same thing goes for black. You can even find belts that are black and brown to wear with either color boots.

Leather belts only, please!  Do not try to bring back the nylon belt trend of the 80’s and 90’s. Also, you will notice the girls wearing a lot of “bling” aka “sparkly things” on their belts. Some companies are making sparkly belts for guys too. Personally, I am not a fan of bling on dudes. A few crystals might be ok, and of course it is up to your discretion, but I would advise against it. A little silver (even a lot) is great, just stay away from the swarovskis.cinch-black-label-relaxed-fit-jeans_large

4.) Jeans

When it comes to jeans, I would recommend sticking with a signature western brand like Wrangler, 20X (a division of Wrangler), or Cinch.  They come in a plethora of different styles these days, and the style isn’t all that important as long as the fit is right.  Just make sure they aren’t too tight (the skin-tight look went out in the 80’s) or too loose (there’s no “sagging” in rodeo) and that they are long enough.

Length may be the most crucial part of selecting a good pair of jeans.  Remember, you are going to be wearing them over your boots, so they need to be longer than what you would normally buy to wear with shoes.  They need to “stack” a little bit so that they still cover the tops of your boots when you are sitting down. If you typically wear a 32″ inseam, you might want to buy a 34″.

If you really want to look the part, take your jeans to the dry cleaners (or click here to learn how to do it at home) and have them heavy starched.  It will make you look sharp and authentic.mens-fairfax-western-shirt_large

5.) Shirt

Last but not least, the “cowboy shirt,” as my brother referred to them when he was little.  A nice button down, whether long sleeved or short will look the best.

My general recommendation is to stay away from western t-shirts.  There are some really bad ones out there.  Like this one. But there are a few cool western t-shirt companies out there now that I can recommend. If you are a dyed-in-the-wool t-shirt guy, check out sayiwont and Cowboy Militia. These brands are Earn Your Spurs approved. 😉 Cinch, Wrangler and Ariat have some nice logo t-shirts that are ok too.

Ultimately, I recommend the classic button-down western shirt. If you’re getting your jeans starched, go ahead and do your shirt too, and add to your clean, pressed look.  At the very least, take an iron to your shirt.  It just looks so much better. Like you actually put some thought into your appearance and didn’t just roll out of bed to go to the rodeo.

Retro styles are very popular right now, but I would be a little careful with those. Some are your basic “plaid with pearl snaps” numbers which are fine, others have some pretty funky graphics. You can never go wrong with a classic print. A shirt like the one pictured never goes out of style and always looks great.

For best results, stick with the five basics above.  Leave the bolo ties, bandanas, spurs, chaps and any other unnecessary accessories at home.  They are either inappropriate for the setting or just wrong in general. Plus, the more items you try to work into your ensemble, the greater chance you have of a direct violation of the cowboy dress code, which is what we are trying to avoid here.

Now that you look the part, you just need to come up with a good story for the first person who asks you where you parked your pony.  And remember, chicks dig cowboys, so the more authentic you look, the better chance you have of collecting a phone number or two before the night is over.  Don’t worry, you can thank me later.

If you have questions or other suggestions, leave a comment below!

This Post Has 104 Comments

  1. jake

    In the hat section you mention, “The two main considerations here are material and shape.” However, you mentioned not a word about shape in the rest of the section.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Shape is something I plan to cover more in another post or possibly a podcast episode. It’s kind of a huge topic, because there are so many and it is such a matter of preference. But thanks for pointing that out. I will make a point to go back and add a bit more to that section. Did you have any specific questions about it?

      1. Jess

        Also something to remember about the material of the hat. A felt hat is generally worn in the winter months because it’s warmer and a straw hat is worn in the summer months because it’s lighter and cooler. If your going to a summer rodeo and want to “fit in”, wear a straw hat. Winter, wear felt.

        1. Denny

          Jess is correct for fitting in at an event. Most common is felt in winter and straw when the temp goes up. But if actually a working cowboy you are usually broke, have one or two hats and wear it all year. Felt is more comfortable, and in warmer temps absorbs sweat (especially for the older balding), and felt stays on in windy conditions and in the saddle. So if the felt hat looks lived in and not NEW, this is OK when the temps rise also. This also is dependent on your region and how high the mercury climbs.

        2. Marilou

          Unless you’re Tim McGraw!

      2. Larry Klein

        Having grown up “Cowboy”, in Southern Arizona, I was quite amused when I moved to Detroit in 1973. How many times was I asked if I was a “Hill-billy”! Boots and Wranglers were unheard of in the East back then! Funny how things have changed!

      3. shawn L w

        you know I fancy those nylon belts of the 80″s wore them a lot in junior rodeos, hey i still like my lace-ups.

  2. Zac

    Great article. I spent most of my growing up on my grandpa’s ranch, but spent the rest of the time in the city. I’ve always loved cowboy clothing and recently I got into it more. Belts for sure are my favorite part, especially considering I inherited a few buckles. I agree with you on leather only, but truth be told I have a nylon belt for when I’m running errands or not doing anything important. They’re so simple to buckle! Love the modern designs of Ariat and Justin.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Glad you liked it, Zac! And I am even more glad that you are rocking your cowboy style in the city. There are so many options today that western fashion is really very en vogue.

      1. Raylan Givenschi

        Please let me know if wearing fashionable Spurs on boots is ok? I think we should bring it back!! They look and sound soooo good!

        1. Alyssa Barnes
          Alyssa Barnes

          Hey Raylan,

          I don’t really agree with wearing spurs unless you are going to be using them for something. To me (and some may disagree) spurs are a tool only, like a saddle or reins. Wear the hat the boots, the belt, anything else! Spurs…they have to be earned! 😉 Unless, of course, you do cowboy action shooting or are an actor in a western theater or something. It’s not really any different than it ever was. In the old west, horses were transportation so cowboys wore spurs. It was never just for decoration. Today there are just fewer cowboys.

          But I do agree…they look and sound good. =)

        2. Marilou

          Spurs tear up floors and make too much noise for indoor events. Keep ‘em outside in the corral.

          1. Wildmike

            They suppose to make noise that what jingle bobs were for.

  3. Colton

    Howdy, I read your article, and not bad. I do have just a few things to throw in, on the hat section here in Texas everyone has there own shape they are like snowflakes no 2 the same. And the material felt should only be worn in cold weather months and straw or leaf during the warmer months like spring and summer. Also I totally agree with you on the boots, quickest way to look like a city boy is to tuck your pant legs in. The shirts are kind of tricky, I would tell people to check out and look at the larry Mahan shirts, they also make good quality boots and hats all hand made here in Texas. All in all l, you did a great job on the article, you have blessed day.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Thank you Colton! You have a blessed day as well. =)

    2. Josh

      Well Colten I’m from Texas to I live on a farm down south and you are right on how you wear the felt hats in late fall winter and early spring, it keeps your head warm and straw the rest of the time the rest your pretty right about miss Alyssa anyway y’all have a good day.

  4. Jacob

    Hey, probably a dumb question but my wife and I are debating on this: Do suspenders fit in with a black button down snap-buttom shirt w/ jeans and boots or must I stick to a belt? In NY it’s pretty impossible to find.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Hey! Not a dumb question at all! Depends on the look that you’re going for, but there are actually quite a few “buckaroos” that wear suspenders. I think for dressing up, a belt looks nicer, though.

  5. robby

    you all are funny…in a good way tho…..there is no dress code for a cowboy it just happens you can tell…straw hats in the summer beaver in the winter….a cap on windy days.

    1. Walter Mackins

      Thanks! You just made picking a new hat easier. (I’ve already got a straw hat and a cap.)

  6. Lex

    Thanks for this write up. I have always worn cowboy gear and when friends ask what all they are suppose to look into as far as buying the correct clothing which here in Houston really isn’t hard to find. So when I’m asked I always refer em to this write up which is on point in my opinion down to the starching of the jeans. Well thank you so much for this is a great write up for a greenhorn trying to get dressed as a cowboy.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Thanks Lex! Glad it is helpful to you and your friends!

  7. firstblackladdiebrad1953

    Posting to remind you that we handsome black cowboys exist!!!!!(I’m attempting to become a Country song-writer,and sometimes don a cowboy hat,shirt,occasionally boots and of,Wranglers.In addition,at 5’9″,200-205 lb.,boasting 18″ biceps,I’m said to possess a steer wrestler’s or “bulldogger’s” build,so,curvy cowgirls,HERE I BE!!!!!!!!

  8. firstblackladdiebrad1953

    Well,I could use a good belt buckle!!!!!!(I had a steer’s-head buckle a couple years ago,but the darn thing broke.
    Besides,such a belt would be my only boy bling!!!!!!!)

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Thanks for your comments! If you want an authentic trophy buckle (or to just check out some pictures of them) go to For a buckle set, I love Vogt. Got my BF one for Christmas. They even have an “affordable” line. 🙂

      1. John

        Ive never competed in a rodeo, but have won two buckles with my last name engraved from a race that was called the rodeo. I’ve never quite figured out if I can wear them or should just put them in the top shelf of my dresser. The few times that I’ve been questioned about it I’d just show my calluses, this sportdestroys hands to the point where you don’t need to bend your fingers to fight an itch, and nothing else came of it. Still the 6’7″ guy gets a lot of looks wearing a buckle and I understand that any ideas or guidelines?

        1. Alyssa Barnes
          Alyssa Barnes

          John, I’d say if it’s something you won and an accomplishment you’re proud of, you should sport them. I wouldn’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

        2. pnyxress

          I am 6’6″ and won plenty bulldogging and team roping cowboys ain’t just fer little folks

  9. Stephanie c

    Can I wear a cowboy hat with a dress , boots , and a Levi jacket ?

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Honestly, Stephanie, as a woman the “rules” kind of go out the window. 😉 You can definitely wear a hat but some styles do look better than others.

  10. Walter Mackins

    Re shirts A shirt with a banded collar is always a nice touch of understated dudeosity.

  11. Corine

    Hi! I’ve been following your web site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give
    you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Thank you Corine! Glad you are enjoying the site!

  12. Ryan

    Love the article, but I feel out of place now….lol. I have such big feet that roach killers are the only comfortable boot in the stirrups. With square or round toe I need to take time getting my foot set and just don’t feel right.

  13. Paul Aaron-Cowboy Joe

    I love the durability, fit and feel of my Wrangler 47/36 MWZ Cowboy-Cut jeans. City folks seem to prefer Levis 501’s or their skinny jeans. What’s your preference in jeans?

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      I don’t know if I have a personal preference. I like whatever fits the best. I do like some of the modern Cinch and 20X styles on men. And, of course, the classic Wranglers.

    2. Wildmike

      I like 501 because they button up. The old ones were the toughest. I have 10 or so pair of wranglers. Once they get a hole in them they had it. I do patch them but am rough on them. But look good.

  14. John

    Is it true that Cowboys always wear a white hat to events like dances or cabarets/parties?

    Any rules about the color of the hat? What about to the rodeo?

    Thanks, helpful article.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Hi John,

      The only rule when it comes to the color of your hat is that you wear what you feel good in! Wear a color that complements your complexion and rock it! Contrary to classic western lore, you don’t see many white hats these days, and the “good guy” might be in any color.

    2. shawn L w

      during my years in junior rodeo (M.R.C.A. circa 1980’s .) i sported a pumpkin color felt hat I purchased at second hand store, when i was able to purchase a new felt hat i purchased a black bull-hide felt from Sheplers, I shaped it with a flat side brim, rodeo dip in the front not to much dip, then in the back a larger dip and with a little more angle, been wearing it that way ever since, I’m now 40-something, I still like my lace ups & nylon belt. though I wear black a leather belt now-a-days.

    3. Len Mills

      at the NFR if you don’t wear a black hat you look o
      ut of place

    4. Wildmike

      Please don’t ware a red one. They have some extra wide brim straw hats look good.

  15. Warren O'Leary

    The anti-male fashion freedom is again and again demonstrated on all and every website.. I like the fancy Roy Rogers or Gene Autry style of designer cowboy ranch clothes. Ever since females threw away their historical feminine style fashions and usurped menswear for themselves the last fifty years; females gravitated to the more stylish and more slender look of Hollywood movie cowboy heroes and this sleek style is now considered proper only for cross-dressing females; now that is the ultimate sexist bias !

  16. pnyxpress

    I do like your article. There is nothing like a starchy cowboy at the rodeo. However, I am a CAS shooter and I dress just like a cowboy out of the movies. Suspenders, split back button fly pants, vest, long sleeve shirt, duster , lassoing cuffs, sometimes spurs and/or chaps. I am the genuine article. I have belt buckles that I won. But nothing makes me feel more goofy than a pair of Wranglers all starched up unless I am going to a honky tonk or a steak house, but that is just me. I have my own style.

    Just a side note, the crease and brim size are the most important things about your hat. And most of us old timers still stick to the Memorial day- straw and Labor day- felt rule. Thank Ya much though fer keeping the west alive
    Lil’ Sis.

  17. Jay

    I have a question, I’ve got a very sticky build and I like my jeans kinda loose. It’s easier to move and work in pants with some extra room. I typically go up 1 waste size from my actual size. Is that acceptable or am I crossing into hip hop cowboy? Lol

  18. Jay

    I meant *stocky

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Ha ha! Whatever you are comfortable in, Jay. Just make sure your backside is covered!

  19. Warren

    Can’t agree with you on the square toe boots. They are the dumbest looking things I’ve ever seen. I started wearing cowboy boots in the 60’s and that’s the style I still wear, pointed as sharp as I can find, but they are hard to find.

    1. Russ

      I completely agree with you. Square toed boots look horrible.

      1. shawn L w

        I will not buy square tipped boots, never i think they are uuugggggglllly, maybe my parents purchased then when I was a pee wee’s

    2. Wildmike

      Yeppers love that J toe and high heels.. I am from the 60 too ware . I got a pair of kangaroo Tony Lama’a .with a round point tow EE. They a little wide in the middle too, but I will ware them to church.

  20. Lance

    My wife and I have a disagreement. Can you wear a simple roper style boot with a flat heal with a “Texas Tuxedo”? She says yes, I say no. I need a new pair of boots…

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Hey Lance! I actually agree with your wife. I think a roper heel is perfectly acceptable to wear with your “Texas Tuxedo.” However, I also agree with you in that who doesn’t need a new pair of boots? 😉

    2. Wildmike

      New boot never hurt unless they don’t fit. Dan Post make a good looking boot with a walking heel.

  21. New Poster

    Hello, I’ve started wearing western wear fairly often and I was wondering your thoughts on a brown button down vest to wear with light brown ostrich boots. Is that a good look? Thanks!

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Sounds like a great look to me!

  22. Camper

    What are your thoughts on western style leather vests? I was thinking a nice brown vest would look good with my belt and boots as well as keep me a little warmer in the field.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Love western vests! I’m especially a fan of wool, but leather are great too (and a little cooler). Go for it!

  23. Alan Ashe

    When it comes to the X rating for straw hat, what is the recommendation? I’m partial to the Stetson brand.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Hi Alan,

      Unfortunately, the X rating doesn’t mean a whole lot because there is no universal standard for X’s. One company’s X-rating could be very different from another’s. I especially don’t take the X’s into account much with a straw hat. If I like the way it looks and it fits my head, I will probably buy it. Stetson is a great brand (Resistol is also part of the same company), but there are a whole lot of great brands out there these days, including American and Atwood for palm leaf straws. Try on several and buy what looks and feels the best to you. Don’t get too hung up on the X’s.

  24. dubois boy

    great article. we have a ranch in rural Wyoming that we recently inherited and are enjoying living there part of the year – as for belt buckles, what are your thoughts on native American (e.g. Navajo) belt buckles as long as they are old and authentic?

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      I think anything old and authentic that you feel comfortable sporting is a winner!

  25. Cynthia


    As a self-declared cowgirl, I myself own more cowboy boots and cowboy hats than I know what to do with. The same goes for my husband, and both of us are happy that someone finally put the do’s and don’ts of western wear in writing!

    Having both grown up on a ranch, we are no strangers to regularly wearing our favorite pair of jeans for much longer than we should, and the same goes for our favorite belts. That being said, you could not have given better advice than when you shared “Leave the bolo ties, bandanas, spurs, chaps and any other unnecessary accessories at home. They are either inappropriate for the setting or just wrong in general.”

    You also hit the nail on the head when you said that you can’t go wrong with a classic flannel button up shirt, as it has been my go-to look for the past couple of years. Please keep sharing guides such as this one, it’s definitely refreshing to see that someone still loves western wear as much as I do.

    Can’t wait to see what you post next!


    1. Wildmike

      I agree, I do have a pair of leather cuffs, i work with fire a lot. They look good but I don’t ware them out. But
      Buster Welch makes a glove, that is just right. I will ware them all the time. I have to order from Sams , 3 pair at a time.

  26. Jason

    Hey, I know you have talked about jeans quite a bit. But, I just wondered if you would clarify something. I always wear straight leg or boot cut jeans. However, they are not always the classic Western brands. Does the name on the jeans really matter that much?

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      It used to, but anymore, you can wear just about any brand that’s comfortable for you. Just make sure they are long enough for your boots and most people won’t even notice.

  27. Max blake

    Elaborate Article,Thanks

  28. RJ

    Great article! Wore boots many years ago and haven’t worn much until about a year ago. Fell back in love with wearing them again and have been adding to my collection of boots.

    Question for you… I know you said spurs are tools and not decoration. Recently I’ve gotten into spurs and spur straps. What are your thoughts about wearing bumper spurs solely for decoration? Thanks!

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      To me, if you wear spurs for decoration it’s more of a costume look. If you are doing wild west reenactments, by all means go for it. Otherwise, my advice is to stay away from them.

      But I think it is great you are getting back into boots! And you can still be into spurs without actually wearing them. There are some folks who have some fairly drool-worthy collections out there!

      1. RJ

        Hey — thanks for your response, Alyssa!

        I probably should have been more clear. What I meant to say was that I think spur straps look cool on boots and in order to wear them, I bought bumper spurs so that I could attach them. Do you think this still looks costumey? Tried to attach a pic, but wasn’t able to.

        1. Collin Glenn Johnson

          Hi RJ, I think it would still look costumey, but if you like how it looks and you feel comfortable, go for it

          – Collin Johnson

  29. Collin Glenn Johnson

    I’m glad I found this website, I’m getting into western wear and im just missing my hat, and now i have more knowledge when it comes to buying hats, and i agree with the plaid flannel, I have a pearl sna flannel long sleeve my great great grandmother made many many years ago and I love it, of course, it isnt what i work in, its just for events these days, the belt i wear these days is a brown leather belt that my grandfather got in honduras, its gotten wet so many times that I’m gonna replace it soon, so I wanted to ask what you thought of braided leather belts, because ive had my eye on a beauty, it’s very simple and nice, or should i just go get a different plain leather belt? Thanks for everything Alyssa

    – Collin Johnson

  30. Collin Glenn Johnson

    And oh my god, whenever i see somebody just walking around with their jeans tucked in their boots i just wonder why they are even wearing boots.

    – Collin Johnson

  31. Jayden

    I need help, I’m 13 and I’m going to a rodeo in October, but I have no idea if I should wear a buckle, wear a straw or fabric hat, jeans or chinos, I just don’t know what to wear, please help.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Some say hats should always be felt in the fall, but I think it depends on where you live. If it’s still 80 degrees out, a straw is perfectly fine, in my opinion. Wear your jeans and a leather belt if you have one. Most importantly, dress comfortably. You can have all the best “just right” cowboy gear, but if you don’t feel comfortable wearing it, your lack of confidence will shine through.

      1. Jayden

        Thanks heaps for your advice Alyssa, you’ve really helped, now I know who to go to with questions about this kinda stuff, so thanks heaps:)!!!

      2. Jayden#2

        Thanks heaps for your advice Alyssa, you’ve really helped, now I know who to go to with questions about this kinda stuff, so thanks heaps:)!!!

  32. Jayden


  33. Kody Loveless

    Thanks for the tips. I will be spending some time working out on my cousin’s farm this summer and part of fall. I really want to look the part and impress my cousin. I will have to try out those Wranglers. I will look good in some work jeans I think. It may take some time to get used to the boots, though.

  34. Eric

    But I like needletoe boots that’s what I wear and I love my custom brackets for my belts they have plenty bling for me

  35. Baz

    What are your thoughts on the pearl snap denim brand shirts like Levis, Wrangler, or Lee?

    I tend to wear them with 501s over ankle length stitch front pointed boots. Belt wise I go for Nocona.

    ‘Keyline’ black Stetson.


    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      I like them! What my dad always wore when I was growing up. =)

  36. Tommy

    What is the preferred shade of jeans…faded or dark blue?

  37. Sebastien

    i just get a strange cowboy object that am pretty sure it is an accesorries for shirt. It has a buffalo skeleton head and two long rope pending of it. i wanted to know what is it and how do we wear it pls? ^^ i dont have answers on internet due that i dont know it name.

    1. Alyssa Barnes
      Alyssa Barnes

      Sounds like a bolo tie…maybe try searching for that and see what you find.

  38. Sarah

    Must a cowboy wear boots? because I don’t have any boots.

    1. John Doe

      Not necessarily, but just know you’re generally referred to as what most would call “a shoestring cowboy” and there ain’t no shame in that whatsoever because most know it takes time to get a pair of decent boots. Took me a couple months to get myself some.

      How do I know this? In my days as a trucker, the old veteran cowboy truckers I drove with back in the day told me that when I was starting out as a dressing cowboy after I managed to get myself my first hat.

      I’ve always been a cowboy, I just never really cared much for the look, only my hat and my duty as a ranch worker. That being said, I personally believe the hat matters more than the boots, but to each their own. I may not always wear my boots, but I ALWAYS wear my hat.

      1. Wildmike

        I agree I had on my favorite hat with 7 rattlers real ones felt hat while bush hogging,and ran up under a brush and knocked my hat off. Before I could stop the bush hog got it. Wanted to cry.

  39. Jeff

    Is there a particular type of boot I should wear with a duster?

  40. Terry

    On boots, the leather soled pointed toe boots are still worn for dancing in the saloons I go to. And they all still wear the Cuban heels.

  41. James

    Do you need to wear chaps and gloves to be a cowboy?

  42. James

    Do you need to wear gloves and chaps to be a cowboy?

  43. Jordan

    Good Mornin, I used to work on my grandpa’s farm. I love my country style and it is such a quiet space and get away from all of the noise from the city. I live in a suburban county now. But, I still wear my country outfits around and listening to my country music in my Chevy Silverado. But, I go up to my maw and paw house because they moved to the countryside. But, I love what you put into this. Keep up the good work Alyssa and I suggest to put in what other people have to say bout this in the article too. I love to drive my gal around the ole backroads. (:

  44. Sphesihle Kenchenton

    Hi everyone

    What must you do to become a Cowboy?

  45. Cowboy Steve

    I had a friend come out to visit for while. He wanted to look like the rest of us,so we took him to a couple second hand stores,Salvation Army and the like. We had him fixed up in no time,head to toe.

  46. Cowboy Steve

    I had a friend come out to visit for while. He wanted to look like the rest of us,so we took him to a couple second hand stores,Salvation Army and the like. We had him fixed up in no time,head to toe. If your looking for new gear your local feed store should have everything you need.

  47. Ian

    Hi I’m from South Africa
    Always loved the western look so recently bought some jack Daniel boots sharp toe, bull hide beaver fur hat, Jack Daniel buckel silver and a western style belt. Really wish it was easier to get western wear here but been a hunt and long journey just to get these. Trying to get a nice vest but it is another hunt not been success yet.

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  49. Ian

    So on the subject of printed/graphic t-shirts, both long and short sleeve. Tucked, untucked, or semi-tucked in? I’m being told that semi-tucked in is now the way to go. The shirt is untucked except for at the belt buckle – wherein the shirt is tucked in. Thoughts?

  50. Thomas

    Great post! Have nice day ! 🙂 bbtng

  51. Froylán T.

    At summer can I vary shirt without losing the looks? I live in Central America and it can get kinda hot!

  52. Jack Wilmeth

    First post on a blog in a long time.
    As a kid and a young man I worked on a small ranch (only 100 sections or so) in SE Wyoming, making $100 a month plus meals and bunk. When the work was over, usually late Saturday afternoon, we were off to Cheyenne to Merritt’s western store or Western Ranchman Outfitters. My work boots were plain and simple Justins with a riding heel – plain and not too expensive, but the go-to-town boots were from Hyer of Olathe, Kansas. Tan kangaroo vamps, alligator toe and heel, and brown legs. Cost a moth’s pay. As a bull rider, I could, and did, wear the shirts common on our breed – colorful and a bit outlandish. One of my favorites had roses on it. Again, pretty costly, maybe as much as $25.00. A good felt Stetson, silver belly, with a crease in the front and wide brim nearly flat, another forty bucks, (both at work and goin’to town.) and the outfit was complete.
    Now, the work day stuff was just that, denim shirt, work boots, Levis, Stetson hat.
    Oh, yeah, the pants, work or town – Levis. Period. $3.98 a pair. New pair free if they ripped, the label said, and WRO always honored the guarantee.
    So in all that nice gear, walk into the Mayflower, or the Albany, drink cheap beer, and have a good time with all the other waddies. Never had a problem with fellow cowboys, but had “clarify” the occasio al issue with a tornie or some wannabe.
    By the way, the boss on the ranch said he’d fire anybody that was so poor a horseman that he had to use spurs.
    Now I’m in my 70’s living in California in gold country (cold here is 30 degrees ABOVE zero, not the 30 below when were calving back then in Wyoming), still dress like I want. New Stetson with a high crown, one crease in the front, snap button shirts, (can’t find anything fancy any more) pointed Nocona boots with riding heel, Levis (not four bucks now, no guarantee), and a hand carved and stamped belt that still sports my bareback champion buckle from a little punkin’ roller rodeo in ’61. It is worn, and nowhere near as fancy and big as the hubcaps the lads and ladies sport now, but it’s mine.
    When I visit the local drinking establishment, I get no truck from the local real ranchers, and still get stares from the tourists headed to Yosemite.
    I’ve had to wear Uncle Sam’s designated outfits, including the green beret well earned, and the four stripe pilot uniform that paid my bills for years, but inside, and outside again, I am a cowboy. Period.

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