While you’re reading this, I’m on a Vegas bound plane, but don’t you worry – I’ve got one last NFR advice post for you before we dive into the most anticipated rodeo of the year.
If you follow western fashion, you probably got an earful of opinions about what you need to be wearing during NFR. At first, I just thought it would be best to keep my opinions to myself – after all, they’re just opinions, right? Well, after a little more thought and some advice from good friends, I decided to share my fashion rules anyway. Here we go:
RULE 1: OWN THE SPOTLIGHT
That’s right – it’s the biggest week of the whole year for western fashion and everyone is pulling out all the stops, including you. So what are you waiting for? Jump in the spotlight and own your entrance to every performance and every party. You owe it to yourself to soak in the moment and enjoy it – viva Las Vegas, babe!
RULE 2: DON’T WORRY ABOUT TRENDS
But really, what’s a trend? I don’t care if coral was last season, or my vintage jacket is sooo 1986, Susan. You know how trends happen? Someone decides to do their own thing and it catches fire. I feel like that’s something to live by – others are inspired when you march to your own drummer, girlfriend! Light your passion on fire and run until everyone else catches it.
RULE 3: BE YOURSELF 100%
You weren’t put on this earth to fall in line behind everyone else. Be bold enough to showcase the person you are through your clothes and attitude. No one is cooler than when they embrace themselves totally, so what’s stopping you? Walk into Cowboy Christmas with a confident stride and believe that you’re enough, no matter who’s standing next to you.
RULE 4: LIFT UP THE GIRLS AROUND YOU
It’s a tough world out there for girls. We already face so many expectations in order to be valued and desired, why do we make it harder for each other? Make a conscious effort to compliment the girls around you and appreciate their style and how they express themselves. All of us put up fronts, and there’s no easier way to crumble them than to show positivity. Hint: this starts by loving yourself and knowing your own value.
RULE 5: BE GRATEFUL
Whether you’re experiencing NFR for two weeks or two days, LIVE IT UP! This is one of the most exciting events of the year in the rodeo industry and there’s so many girls who would jump at the chance to go to just one round. There’s too much fun to be had and not enough time to worry about your hair or how much your handbag cost. If you’re tempted to feel bad for yourself, remember how many girls at home would switch places with you in a heartbeat. Take a deep breath and be thankful that you’re here and bound to have an amazing time!
So obviously, this wasn’t the typical set of “rules” you were probably expecting, but I wanted to put some positivity back into the community that I love. I have no interest in addressing anyone’s opinions on who’s allowed to wear what to an event like the NFR – western fashion should be about the girls wearing the clothes, not the clothes themselves. Let’s all take a chance to lift each other up and appreciate our differences and our love for the western lifestyle.
I hope y’all are ready for the week – it’s going to be a blast! If you’re in Vegas and see me out, please come say hi, I’d love to meet you. If you’re watching on TV, make sure to check my social media for outfits, updates and a few surprises I have up my sleeve.
Stay unique, sisters!