Is there a right way to wear cowboy boots? It’s almost a trick question, because the answer is yes, there is a right way to wear cowboy boots— and no. Cowboy boots can be worn during any season, and with almost any style of clothing unless it’s ultra-formal, and even then you may be able to get by with it if you’ve got the right attitude (and a reputation for style).
The “right” way to wear cowboy boots consists of balancing your boots with your overall look, and wearing them with a certain attitude. Here are a few tips:
- Unless you’re outside feeding the hogs or cleaning up after the horses, it’s usually best not to tuck your jeans into your boots. If you’re wearing plain boots, or if you’re in a formal environment (such as your office or a restaurant with a dress code) wear them under your jeans.
- If you’re wearing a pair of boots with awesome embellishments, such as boots with black and tan stitching, then feel free to tuck your pants leg in — as long as you’re in a casual setting, such as your favorite Western bar. If you’re at the office or in an upscale environment, however, the boots-under-the-jeans rule still generally stands. On the plus side, when you sit down, you can always cross your knees and hitch up your hem so that people can admire that stitching after all.
- Cut-offs, torn and overly-faded jeans can take away from the beauty of your boots. Likewise, it’s best to avoid wider, flair-type hems, Instead, choose straight-leg or boot-cut hem styles; these will draw attention to and complement your boots.
- Wear your boots with an attitude. You don’t have to strut, but when you wear your boots, be proud of them. Don’t be afraid to show them off to admiring friends and colleagues. After all, they may become your signature look — if they aren’t already.
How often do you wear your cowboy boots — and where do you wear them?