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Boots, jeans and cowboy hats its rodeo time

Carole Robinson

A selection of clothing and boots at The Cowboy Store

With the Franklin Rodeo just a week away and the parade Saturday, there are two important items requiring absolute attention – tickets and wardrobe. The exact attire for a rodeo depends on location, but here in Franklin, “You’re going to see just about everything under the sun,” said Pat Dunn, owner of the Cowboy Store.

Although some will be dressed to the nines in fancies, most adults will be seen wearing the traditional boots, jeans and variations of the western shirts.

“The yoke is important on western shirts,” said Carley Williams, third manager at Boot Barn.

Young girls have taken on the Taylor Swift style – sundresses with a belt and boots, Dunn said and it’s pink all the way for little girls – including the boots, Williams added.

Wrangler’s George Strait line, Cinch, Roar’s beaded shirts and Scullys are the “in brands.” Traditional Panhandle Slim, Roper and Ariat shirts, which have longer sleeves and tails, are the choice of cowboys and cowgirls.

Bolo ties, still worn by some, or a bandana westernizes almost any button shirt and inexpensively transforms a kids’ outfit, Dunn said.

Traditional Wranglers, the new Jason Aldean Retro and Ariat jeans are all big sellers at The Cowboy Store.

Young women like the new Miss Me jeans, Williams added.

Belts are blingy for both men and women with lots of crystals and silver, although real cowboys prefer a plain belt – leave fancy for the buckle – big and flashy.

Hats are a personality statement; the style and how it’s worn telegraph who’s under the hat. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, “you see more straw hats, but felt is good all year – it’s just hot in the summer,” Dunn said.

Traditional Stetson and Resistol wool felt and straw hats are still the hats of choice, but a new crushable soft felt hat has gained a lot of fans.

New to boot styles is the square-toed boot, but traditional roach-stomper pointed and round toe boots remain the big sellers. Boot detailing range from simple to heavy tooling, embroidery and even crystal bling, Dunn said.

Turquoise and silver jewelry will always be the western style.

You don’t have to look like a cowboy to enjoy the rodeo – but it adds to the fun, and fun is what it’s all about.

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Posted on: 5/9/2013


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