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Hillbilly Chic (a Country Fashion Guide)

Updated on March 8, 2010

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So, you’ve got tickets to a rodeo or a country music concert. Embracing your inner cowgirl to create a western look is fun. This article will give you the dos and don’ts of country fashion.

I’ve been to many concerts and rodeos and wondered if some people have mirrors in their house. If they had a mirror, I don’t think they bothered to look in it. Sometimes people mistake country fashion with plain old redneck fashion. There’s nothing wrong with looking a little redneck, but believe me it can be done fashionable.

Redneck Cup Holder

Let’s start with a few Don’ts

  • Don’t ever use your cleavage as a cup holder for a water bottle or beer unless you are in desperate need of attention. Be on the lookout for the redneck paparazzi, which is when friends split up and one poses in a way that you are the background of the picture. This is cool if you’ve always wanted to be the most famous redneck on the internet, but not cool if that wasn’t your intentions.
  • Don’t try to rock the bikini top under the cut-off overall shorts if you are in the um, heavier category. Fat rolls hanging out of the sides aren’t fun for anyone to look at. Again, lookout for the redneck paparazzi. With cell phone cameras they can get pretty sly, and even look like they are reading a text when in fact they are taking your picture.
  • Don’t wear anything too tight, and too short. Leave a little for the imagination and remember there are a lot of people who will be seeing you who really didn’t want to see that much of you in the first place.
  • Think that by throwing on cowboy boot on with a skanky outfit that you look like a cowgirl.

Now I hope that you aren’t currently committing one of those country fashion don’ts. If you are don’t worry, there is hope.

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Perfect to pair with a flowing sundress!
Perfect to pair with a flowing sundress!

The Do’s

  • Bling is in. Still. I thought it was going to be a passing fad that was over in a year or two. That’s not the case. Bling is popular in country fashion from jewelry, shirts, and pants. If it has bling on it, buy it. You’ll shine.
  • Chunky Jewelry. Chunky strands of turquoise and other gemstones complete with a pendant. Usually the pendants are a Concho, Spur Rowel, or Cross. These usually have crystals on them. They are a great accessory with your tank tops and t-shirts.
  • Vintage designed shirts. These include tank tops, t-shirts, and long sleeved t-shirts. They’re usually adorned with a vintage western design and of course crystals.
  • Black, Turquoise, and Silver. This combination is classic and I don’t think it will ever go old.
  • A good pair of jeans. It used to be that Wrangler was your only choice for jeans. Not anymore. Now there is Cowgirl Tuff, Miss Me, and more. Yes, a lot of the new western jeans have crystal designs on them.
  • A flowing sundress and cute cowboy boots. There are so many awesome designs for cowboy boots. I think it’s a shame that so many of them get covered up by jeans. This look is a casual country look and it can show off those boots!
  • A cute pair of cowboy boots. There are so many designs of cowboy boots. There is a wide range of prices too. The higher the quality the longer they’ll last. Buy as high of quality of cowboy boots as you can afford. (It also makes a difference how often you’ll be wearing them.)
  • Flip Flops with (you guessed it) bling! These were big last year and are coming in strong again for this summer. There are a lot of varieties of bling flip flops, find your favorites for your summer country concerts.
  • Animal prints. This is another one I’m surprised is still popular, but it is. Zebra prints, leopard prints, and more. Zebra prints are still number one.
  • Peace signs. Cowboys and hippies used to never get along, but now peace has come to the Western World. You can find peace signs on hats, clothing, jewelry, and purses.
  • A leather purse with cowhide and crystals.
  • Cute Western Charm necklace. I’ve seen a variety of these and they are cute! An interesting note is a lot of these Western Charm necklaces don’t have as much bling as a lot of other products to.

Country Weekly Fashion Show

A few suggestions...

  1. There are a lot of options when it comes to country fashion. If you’re pants are sporting crystal pockets pick a shirt that is not embellished. You can add a pendant, ring, or earrings with crystals if you want to add more.
  2. Try the sundress and cowboy boots. It sounds like a crazy mix, but it is cute. You can either show off some super cute boots or go with a more “rustic” look with your dirty worn cowboy boots.
  3. You can add a little bit of country to any look by wearing a chunky jewelry necklace or western charm necklace. There are also cute leather cuffs and big bracelets. These can add a “Rock & Roll” flair to your western style.
  4. Just because you can dress head to toe with crystals, doesn't mean you should. You don't want to look like one big rhinestone. Mix and match accessories and outfits until you find your personal style.

Remember that country is all about feeling carefree. Don’t stress out about getting the perfect “country look”. If you go to enough concerts or rodeos you’ll see how others dress and you can decide what you like and dislike. Country is more than a look, it’s how you feel!


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      angel 2 years ago

      Thank for sharing I like hub pages.

      Nice jeans.

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      couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Great hub. Very nice information. Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thanks!! I know, I need to get a new sundress now that the weather is warming up!! ;)

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      I love the boots/sundress combo! Fun (and funny!) hub. :)

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thank you! Yes--rock your cowboy boots world & pair them with a sundress! ;)

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      RachelLynn 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is a cute article. I like it, and will now have to actually get a tad more feminine and go out and buy my first sundress for this summer. My wore out cowboy boots are hand-me-downs, but still look great. I think a nice sundress would do nicely. :) Thanks for the tip! I really think they were getting bored being paired with only jeans!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Ripplemaker, I think wombats would look adorable in Cowboy Boots (as would you!)

      Petra, and Sage, thank you for reading, and I'm glad you enjoyed the humor! (If you want to see the Don'ts in action visit a Country Music Festival event...that's where I've seen most of them.)

      Shazwellyn, the UK needs country girls too!! Go for it!

      Trunfio, thanks for reading, my cowboy boots are only fit for the barn, lol. (I need a new pair!) Oh, and I'm going to see George Strait later this month, yeah!

      Pamela, thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Jayne, YES, go to a rodeo!! I've got a hunch you'll be one of the best dressed there! Thanks for reading, and congrats on YOUR nomination! Good luck! ;)

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      Jayne Lancer 7 years ago from West London, UK

      Until this moment, I'd never really thought of going to the Rodeo; now I really want to. Just for the dressing up. I've always wanted some of those beautifully elaborate boots, and I've just bought a new saddle bag that needs showing off. Chunky jewellery is in anyway this year, and I love rhinestones. Yes, I'll be talking to my husband about our summer holidays this year; you might have a lot to answer for.

      A great, fun read, and some excellent tips.

      Congratulations on your nomination!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great hub. It was fun to read. Congratulations to your Hubnugget nominations.

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      Trunfio 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Loved this hub! I love country music and my cowboy boots -- about equally. And it's nice to get some ideas of how to dress it up. Thanks!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Wonderful! Now I know what to wear when I go to a line dancing cowboy night at the local seaside resort! Yes, Im from the UK, but i can at least pretend to be a rodeo girl for a night! x

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      What a great little hub. I am still laughing from the don'ts section. You write it like it is. Great Job on this one.

      Congratulations on being nominated for a HubNugget and welcome to HubPages!


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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Your fashion tips are not only good, you presented them in a great, funny way. This will be an easy vote for me and best of luck with the nomination

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Rocknrodeogirl! Do you think wombats would look good with cowboy outfits? lol well, what about just plain old me without my disguise? Congratulations for your Hubnugget nomination. To vote:

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      How funny, thanks for commenting now! I am guilty of that a lot, I'll read something and then start to type a comment and get sidetracked by something, lol.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Hey Rodeo's a funny story.. I actually read this awhile ago but I guess I forgot to comment! Loved it thoroughly...And I VOTED for you! Great job!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thank you! Yes, that picture is very gross and I've seen other live's not very pleasant!

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      bonetta hartig 7 years ago from outback queensland

      Good hub love the photo in the "don'ts section" - el grosso

      You know your stuff and I like the way you write thanks for the read