With the annual Lawton rodeo starting today, it is time to pull the boots out of the closet and dress up in rodeo fashion. If you are new to the rodeo scene or just need an excuse to purchase new western wear, head over to one of the stores selling this style of clothing such as Crutcher's Western Wear in Lawton or Duncan, Western Discount Warehouse or Stockman's Supply in Duncan.
In past years, rodeo's fashion has typically been defined by a pair of brand-name jeans with a button-up shirt and a pair of boots but store associates from Crutcher's Western Wear said this style has changed.
For jeans in both men's and women's fashion, Crutcher's store associate Sunny Sturdivant said that many more brands of jeans have become popular instead of the traditional Wrangler's and Cruel Girl jeans.
According to Crutcher's store associates Brandi Wisner and Julia Davis, most men have clung to long-sleeve shirts despite the warmer temperatures while women are wearing short-sleeve and sleeveless shirts as well as dresses.
While some females have tried to beat the heat and keep their western style, by coupling boots with shorts, this is not something that the store associates from Crutcher's recommend for those who want to be among the fashionable, especially for the rodeo spectators who are not young girls.
"If you are old enough to go to a bar or have a driver's license, do not wear boots with shorts," store associate Staci Turner said.
However, they did say that the tube-top, sleeveless, and flowing sundresses that are popular in this clothing genre are acceptable with boots as long as they are fashion-toed boots and not the square-toe boots.
As far as boots go, two brands of women's boots have come forward as front-runners.