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Western chic, not white trash: Dressing for the Rodeo without losing your dignity

Western chic, not white trash: Dressing for the Rodeo without losing your dignity

The New York Times recently reported on the sartorial stylings of Houstonians on Go Texan Day, also known as "the one day of the year on which people in Houston dress the way people outside Houston think people in Houston dress."

The truth of it is that the inclination to embrace one's inner cowboy persists throughout the entirety of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo run. 

But each time we stand before our wardrobe, we wonder: How much is too much? At what point does an ensemble cross the line from "cowgirl chic" to "country bumpkin?" Is it permissible to squeeze into those Wranglers from yesteryear? Should I bedazzle my secondhand suede fringe jacket? Does this 10 gallon hat make my head look fat?

CultureMap looked to the fashion experts at RodeoHouston to answer these questions and more. Learn what's hot — and what's not — in the video above. 

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Do: Wear blingy pants. Don't: Go for your old high-waisted Wranglers.  Photo by Joel Luks
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Do: Buy hats with touches of animal hide.  Photo by Joel
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Do: Go for an unexpected touch, like a headband.  Photo by Joel Luks
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Do: Stand out in crochet.  Photo by Joel Luks
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