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Give those Wranglers the boot this Rodeo with a new brand of western wear

Give those Wranglers the boot this Rodeo with a new brand of western wear

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My Flaming Heart is set to make an entrance this Rodeo season. Courtesy of My Flaming Heart
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Flirty rodeo styles with embroidered details are popular rodeo looks from Marlo Miller. Heather Staible
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Embroidered boots, $275-$410, Chick & Chica. Heather Staible
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Old Gringo Swarovski crystal and leather boots, $1,399, Marlo Miller Boutique Heather Staible
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Men's cowboys boots, $75-$245, My Flaming Heart Heather Staible
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Gently worn women's leather boots, $75-$245, My Flaming Heart Heather Staible
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Men will find tongue-in-cheek odes to Western wear at My Flaming Heart. Heather Staible
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Frida shirtwaist with open back and contrasting collar, $185, My Flaming Heart Heather Staible
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Old belts become upcycled cuffs. Leather cuffs, $42-$48, My Flaming Heart Heather Staible
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Put the "girl" in cowgirl with a floral dress, cashmere sweater and statement-making belt buckle at Marlo Miller. Heather Staible
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Sliced geode belt buckle, $149, Marlo Miller Boutique Heather Staible
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So you’re hoping to be rodeo ready, but want to step out a bit. Sure, there’s no shortage of Ropers and Wranglers rambling across the rodeo grounds, but look closely among the crowds of the weekend cowboys and cowgirls.

There’s a bit of Mex-West going on, flirty florals that segue straight into spring and of course boots. Always boots. It is Texas after all.

Whether hopping off the light rail in Midtown, or stopping at metered street parking on Windburn, My Flaming Heart on Main Street is an unexpected place to find rodeo garb and yet, you’ll smack yourself wondering why you haven’t gone before. It’s not traditional in that Rocky Mountain kind of Western wear way, but the vintage, hand-selected boots rival those seen on traditional boot shelves.

Store owner Judy Masliyah culls eBay and other places for high quality men’s and women’s boots all year long. The selection of men’s and women’s boots are generous, but not overwhelming, and the prices affordable, ranging from $75 to $245.

Masliyah’s western wear extends beyond boots, though. An expert seamstress, Masliyah makes rockabilly dresses in bold and whimsical fabrics that have a definite western edge. Men’s western shirts are made from the same kind of bright fabrics and pearl snaps and it’s worth swinging by the rack of suede skirts and vests that are very affordable. A camel-colored suede skirt in excellent condition was just $65 on a recent visit.

My Flaming Heart’s new neighbor, Chick & Chica, is just a quick walk down the street and is another spot for Mexico-meets-Western wear. Beautifully embroidered women’s boots, gauzy sundresses, jewelry and handmade belts are among the finds at the shop that are also ideal for rodeo days.

Marlo Miller Boutique on Fountainview carries everything from cowgirl to cocktail throughout the year. Miller stocks Double D Ranch and Old Gringo boots, but there are also cute floral skirts and embroidered T-shirts that cowgirl up once a belt, jewelry and boots are added. Women will always love their denim, but Miller says rodeo shoppers are reaching for other style staples this year.

“Dresses and tunics are big, especially with leggings and boots. The look for boots is distressed,” Miller said.

Embroidery is also big on everything from wrap and collared polo style dresses to jackets. Often it takes just one piece to really boost a look, and rodeo style is no different. Oversized geode belt buckles adorned with a weathered dragonfly and horsehead take a simple skirt from a picnic to livestock show in a snap.

Old Gringo and Lane boots range from $270 to $360, but Miller is especially excited about Old Gringo’s Swarovski crystal and leather boots ($1,399) for their sparkle and shine.

Sparkle at the rodeo? Of course. It is Texas after all.