Today is going to be a fun, dynamic post featuring some of my best friends from college. Like every girl, I have had my ups and downs with my body and how to dress it. We all go through emotional battles learning to accept ourselves and be confident in the bodies we have while being our best, healthiest selves at the same time. No matter where you fall on the scale or the size on the label of your jeans, you can dress for success and today, I’m going to prove it.
The models in my photos today are all girls on the Iowa State University Rodeo Team. I hauled with them in the Great Plains region before I graduated and now they are in their final years to compete as well. As some of you know, I am a huge supporter of my school’s rodeo efforts and I specifically want to introduce you to some of my favorite cowgirls who know what it’s like to participate and put in the hard work to be involved in college rodeo, plus they sure clean up well!
Our first model is Hope Brotherson – a former ISU Rodeo Queen and barrel racer. She describes her personal style as being comfort oriented, but still cute. I wanted to combine Hope’s fun personality with a touch of elegance. I think she looked absolutely stunning in this floral maxi dress & lace duster. We topped off this look with a waist belt, snip toe boots and a three strand copper necklace.
For Hope’s second outfit, I wanted her to be comfortable but still putting her style forward. Of course I had to put her in a beautiful pair of army green bell bottoms from Lil Bees Bohemian! These denim looking bells come in sizes small through 3XL, so there is definitely a pair for you. P.S. you can get a discount on her website if you use my code, ANDREA10. (Shameless plug, I know)
I paired the bells with a beautiful floral top and a gray crochet cardigan. To finish everything off, we added a beautiful silver bead necklace with a cross pendant.
Next, we have Abbey Coleman – also a former ISU Rodeo Queen and barrel racer. She describes her personal style as being athletic and comfortable. Abbey is witty and full of sass, so naturally I had to channel it into her looks!
In this first outfit, Abbey is wearing a chambray denim button down with a Rhonda Stark wool vest. Paired with a burgundy pair of denim-looking bells, this look is office casual with a western twist. We kept the accessories simple with a statement bolo tie and concho earrings.
In Abbey’s second look, we stepped the sass up about 10 notches in bright red serape! She totally channeled a sassy senorita somewhere in the southwest and I was loving it. This strapless maxi dress was actually a Walmart find – but married to a beautiful serape duster, it sure looks like it was born into class! For accessories, Abbey sported a three strand copper bead necklace, a black western belt and red stone earrings.
My next model is Kaeli Sedlak – our newly crowned ISU Rodeo Queen! Kaeli has this carefree, laid back thing about her so I wanted to dress her in fun, free spirited looks. This first outfit was seriously to DIE for. A fringe suede skirt paired with a denim button down totally gave off a western vibe, especially paired with a squash blossom necklace, beaded earrings and vintage turquoise boots.
For Kaeli’s second look, we mixed some a casual graphic tank with a sophisticated pin stripe button down. We added the crochet fringe vest as a third layer which was totally her style! On the bottom, Kaeli is wearing floral embroidered jeans and black, strappy wedges. For accessories, we added a bolo and simple silver drop earrings. I think this look totally nailed her personality and she looked great modeling it!
Last but TOTALLY not least is the beautiful Emma Grotting – a barrel racer and president of the ISU rodeo club. She describes her personal style as simple and laid back, without a lot of frills. Emma is one of those girls that looks stunning in a tshirt and jeans, so I knew she could pull off something out of her comfort zone. And yes, she totally rocked it!
In this first outfit, Emma is wearing a graphic tee with a rose print blazer. The colors in the blazer were totally calling for these dramatic pink velvet bells and a statement necklace. I think she pulled off this western vagabond vibe something fierce!
For Emma’s second outfit, I made her a southwestern siren in a bright red, flowy dress accessorized with lots of layers. She totally rocked this beautiful royal blue cardigan with aztec details paired with layered necklaces and beaded earrings. What a babe, right?
I hope y’all enjoyed this (long) post and picked up some inspiration for yourself along the way! I picked these four friends of mine because of how different they all look, while still proving each one of them can be beautiful and confident. No matter if you are a size two, ten or eighteen, you can choose to love yourself, take care of yourself and thrive AS yourself.
Stay unique sisters!