BY ELIZABETH BECKY HOUGAARD
One of our favorite times of the year is Pioneer Days! The whole week of Ogden’s Pioneer Days celebrations are great for viewing western fashion, from the Horse Parade to the Miss Rodeo Utah events, including an amazing fashion show! In five big nights of PRCA Rodeo, you will see some of the most fun, craziest, interesting, and gorgeous outfits. Some people add a little western to their normal summer clothes, such as a cowboy hat or a pair of cowboy boots.
In the heat we have here this time of year, it’s common to see shorts and a tank top or t-shirt. Adding a hat and boots or a western image on their shirt helps people to stay cool and yet have fun dressing a little western.
There will always be the traditional cowboy/cowgirl outfit of bootcut jeans and a western shirt, buckle, cowboy hat, and boots, but there are some that dress up and go all out, which I love! Some wore a dress or a skirt with cowboy boots and a western style belt. Flowers and serape prints were light and pretty. I loved that fringe was still popular, and it just seems that it adds a western look to anything. Vests with the long fringe were seen a lot, as were animal prints in tops and long lightweight kimono cover ups. I also saw some great dresses in denim!
We can’t forget the jewelry. Silver and turquoise are what I saw the most, and lots of layering of necklaces and bracelets. Besides cowboy boots, I loved the very popular short western boots that many are wearing now; the western styles of sandals and flip flops are still very popular.
I love how Pioneer Days bring out so many people in all kinds of western styles all their own. To the cowboys and cowgirls competing, working, and performing at the events and wearing your traditional western clothing, thanks for keeping those traditions and great looks going. To the people who dress western all the time but bring it up a notch into some dressier outfits and great new looks, what a fun way to get new fashion ideas. To those who just add a little western for the week for the Rodeo, I thank you. You all make western fashion fun!
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