By Katie Ennis of RCC Western Stores
After you decide to book a western vacation to a Dude Ranch, you now need Western wear , cowboy boots and western apparel for your trip. I really enjoyed Jamie Pearson’s article where she mentions to bring more clothes and she wished she had brought cuter clothes. I have just the thing! Western Clothing and apparel has to be durable and comfortable and I have picked some items for Men, Women and Children from RCC Western Stores that combine Western fashion and function for your dude ranch getaway. Cowboy hats, Western wear, Cowboy Boots & Western Accessories are some things you want to stock up on. Look great while on your western Dude Ranch vacation! Make sure you have the “cute clothes” Jamie refers to. I’m going to let you know what’s hot in western wear plus durable enough to withstand a day in the saddle. Let’s start at the top:
Cowboy Hats – Although most people think of a traditional felt cowboy hat, if you are going to a Dude ranch in the summer you will want a straw cowboy hat. Charlie 1 Horse Hats (pictured on the woman in this picture) are our best selling womens hats, but here are some of my overall top picks for mens, womens and kids cowboy hats:
Charlie 1 Horse Comanche Burnished Straw Cowboy Hat $36.98 Good-looking hat with plenty of protection from the sun
Atwood Dayworker Palm Leaf Cowboy Hat $54.98 Holds up in most all weather conditions, flexible brim
Lonestar Bangora Straw Cowboy Hat $19.98 Functional, economical choice for men or women
Lonestar Cheyenne Jr. Natural Straw Cowboy Hat $15.98 Kids Hat – Good old timeless western style for the young cowboy
Want to know how your cowboy hat should fit? Watch our Cowboy Hat Fit Video on Youtube.
Western Shirts – It’s a toss up between a long sleeve shirt to protect against dust, sun or bugs and a short sleeve western shirt to stay cool. I would recommend both – one for hot mid-day and one for evening. Western shirts come in a variety of styles, from traditional western yokes to modern retro cowboy shirts. You will find a variety of styles and good deals to be had with a large amount of mens western shirts under $20 and womens western shirts under $30. I’ve also provided the links here for you to browse through.
Western Jeans – Here is one of the most important decisions you can make directly correlating to your comfort while riding. I’ve spent many hours in the saddle and I can truly recommend some jeans to keep you comfortable while looking great. Make sure you order them 2” longer than normal to allow for creep while in the saddle and to cover your boots creating the traditional “stacked” look preferred by cowboys and cowgirls.
Top picks for Womens western jeans for horseback riding:
Cruel Girl Georgia Dark Stonewash Relaxed Fit Jeans $44.88 Look and feel great all day long! Designed for riding, these also hug your curves. Love them!
Wrangler Q-Baby Tuff Buck Relaxed Fit Jean $39.98 Wow! Ultimate Riding Jeans – These fit any woman’s body shape. No gap waistband, minimal seam on inside of leg to reduce friction against the saddle.
Cowgirl Tuff Dark Don’t Fence Me In Jeans $74.98 Modern Styling on a cowgirl jean – designed by a barrel racer these jeans look amazing and are comfortable in the saddle. Rise is a bit lower than the previous 2 jeans.
Top picks for Mens western jeans for horseback riding:
All of the Kids Jeans featured on our site from Wrangler, Cinch and Cowgirl Tuff are excellent for riding.
Cowboy Boots – There are so many choices for cowboy boots out there, but you want your feet to be happy on a vacation, so here are some based on comfort, safety and cowboy boot style.
Tony Lama Men’s Chocolate Vintage Smooth Ostrich Cowboy Boots $239.88 Handsome, supple leather, Made in USA. Square toe – Classy cowboy style.
Lucchese Cowgirl Collection Black Smooth Ostrich Boots $379.98 This high quality super comfy crepe sole boot features a bucking bronco for true cowgirl spirit. Pamper yourself in these handmade beauties.
Ariat Cowboy Boots – Overall, for those new to the game, Ariat is an excellent choice for your first cowboy boot. They are a very versatile boot and most have rubber soles designed to help keep your feet in the stirrups. Choices for under $90.
Buckaroo Cowboy Boots – These authentic cowboy boots are the trademark of a true cowboy or cowgirl. Buckaroo boots are popular with those spending all day in the saddle. Definite riding boots but bring casual footwear for walking, etc.
Kids Cowboy Boots in all colors and styles from infant to youth, choices under $40.
Western Accessories – Don’t forget western accessories to complete your look! Many of these western accessories double with your regular wardrobe and look great! I’ve also included some “must haves” for your Dude Ranch trip like stampede strings.
Thanks for reading this article and browsing the choices for western wear, cowboy boots and western accessories for your Dude Ranch getaway or western vacation. These items are tested and tried by real cowboys and cowgirls and I’m sure you will like them for yourself. If you are not sure about the fit and style of western wear, please see the Western Wear Sizing Center to help determine what size clothing, cowboy hat or cowboy boots to get. To find a Dude Ranch or pick out the perfect western vacation visit the Dude Ranch Association website. RCC Western Stores is prepared to outfit you for your western vacation – Visit the Dude Ranchers page to find approved western wear and cowboy boots as well as outerwear and casual shoes. Happy Trails!