Planning a rodeo wardrobe is more than just boots and jeans. Barbecue weekend is normally a cold, soggy affair but by the time the last week of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo rolls around, spring has sprung and there’s little need for a heavy embroidered duster. Short on time and ideas? There’s a shop for that.
There’s nary a Daisy Duke in sight at Pinto Ranch, the Western-wear destination for discerning cowboys and cowgirls. Broomstick skirts, pearl-button shirts, exotic skin boots and embellished Miss Me jeans take you from barbecue to The Hideout and all points in between.
Look for bold accents like feathers, fringe and colors and the selection of Tasha Polizzi jackets, shirts and skirts. Pat Dahnke’s pieces fall into the investment purchase category but the fur boot toppers ($155) are easy and luxurious way to kick up those perfectly broken in boots.
Marlo Miller Boutique
Embrace your inner Annie Oakley at Marlo Miller on Fountainview. The boutique stocks more than just rodeo wear, but its owner Marlo Miller goes the extra mile with Old Gringo boots, belts and dresses you’ll want to wear even after the cowboys have left town. Still not sure how to go rodeo? Miller has some suggestions.
“Fabulous embroidered boots paired with tummy contro leggings and a fun tunic with lots of jewels, pearls & turquoise. I have been selling this look like crazy,” Miller says.
If you fall into the non-committal cowgirl category, Charming Charlie is a quick stop for hats with rhinestone bands to cuffs emblazoned with longhorns and even a brand new cowboy boot line. Accessories are grouped by color and pops of turquoise and citrine are an instant rodeo-ready upgrade.
The Zach Brown Band one night and Enrique Iglesias another. A spin on the ferris wheel and something ridiculous fried and on a stick. A girl’s got a lot of options during the rodeo and Raspberry Rose in Rice Village is heavy on Western-inspired buttondown shirts, dresses, belts and jewelry that is easy to wear right through the spring and summer and the “Rose Girls” are great at styling shoppers too.
Tupelo Grease Co.
For a look that’s equal part Western cool and vintage rock-and-roll, there’s Tupelo Grease Co., a men’s and women’s line of pearl-snap buttondown shirts, graphic T-shirts and accessories. Throw ‘em on with jeans or one of Tupelo’s denim mini-skirts and it’s another way to approach rodeo style. Hello Lucky gets first dibs on Tupelo’s new designs, throughout the year, but look for fresh items during rodeo.