Barn-Casual Style

Look your best at the barn in comfortable, casual clothes that don’t scrimp on style.

We know: There are days at the barn that call for your oldest jeans, most tossable T-shirt, and the really (really) nasty muck boots. Like the days that you pull mats from your stalls. But there are other days when you go to ride, and you have other things to do after your saddle time—like picking the kids up from school, having coffee with a friend, or hitting the grocery store. Those days might call for more presentable (and less stained) attire.
We’re here to help you assemble barn looks that are comfortable (and washable) while still looking put-together. Here are nine tips for better barn dressing and examples to illustrate what to look for.

With a little thought, you can look nice at the barn! Read on for our nine tips, which are all demonstrated here. At left on her: jacket, RU Apparel performance jacket, $70.00; Spur Ridewear V-neck tank, $25.99; Kimes Ranch Apparel Sally jean, $99.00; hat, model’s own. On him: Ariat Tek polo, $34.95; Ariat M2 low-rise jeans, $64.95; hat, model’s own.

Where to Start

Here are a few basic pieces to build your barn-casual wardrobe and tips for what to look for when shopping. Remember: You can find all of these pieces at a variety of price points, from high-end to discount store—and even second-hand store.

Good denim. Find a pair of jeans that fit, and buy a few pair right then—you never know when a cut will change or be discontinued. If you prefer jeans that hold their shape, look for a 98-percent cotton/2-percent spandex denim. For more stretch, look for higher spandex or polyester content.

High-quality T-shirts and tanks. Colors, patterns, and designs give interest and help cover horse snot and arena dirt. Embellishments such as embroidery, rivets, and crystals let you express your personal style.

A cap you love. Style choices today are endless for headwear—mesh-back trucker-style caps, flexfit baseball caps, and cadet caps are great for covering barn or helmet hair.

Layers you can move in. A cute hoodie isn’t any good if it’s too small to accommodate your sleeves. Try on layers in the store to ensure that you have full range of motion when wearing them.

Performance tanks, tees, and jackets. If you ride in the sun and heat, choose fabrics with moisture-wicking qualities; some even offer SPF protection. If you look around, you’ll find these items in vibrant colors for interesting layering.

Brand Locator
Most of these items can be found in your local Western store. To shop online, visit the manufacturers’ Web sites, found below.

On top: Cruel Denim cotton-poly scoop-neck, raglan-sleeve burnout tee, featuring a boyfriend fit, vintage wash, contrast topstitch, and trendy Aztec-inspired chest and right-arm screen print; $39.95.
On bottom: Ariat Turquoise Shimmer Cross jeans in Loved wash, featuring hand-sanding, whiskering, and heavy abrasion; $89.95.
On top: Carhartt El Paso ripstop utility jacket in Honey Ginger with 10 pockets and mesh ventilation in the back; $95.00.
Top layer: Ariat Rodeo Girl cotton-blend hoodie with colorful embellishment. Bottom layer: Spur Ridewear 100-percent cotton Collegiate racerback tank; $25.99.
On top: Ariat Lindsay shell in bright melon with white floral embroidery; $39.95. On bottom: Wrangler Rock 47 over-dyed skinny jean with plain pockets and a higher back rise for coverage; $82.00.
On top: Cinch Athletic red-and-black color-blocked polo with logo embroidery; $44.99. Cap: Kimes Ranch Apparel mesh-back cap; $25.00.
Cap: Spur Ridewear flexfit cap; $29.99. On top: Wrangler 100-percent-cotton T-shirt; $18.00. On bottom: Wrangler limited-edition No. 33 denim with relaxed fit, straight leg, and lower rise in Geared wash; $54.
Cap: Cruel Denim mesh-back cap with contrast stitching, hardware, and Aztec-inspired screen print; $19.99. Top layer: Noble Outfitters Sierra hoodie in Blue Ribbon with thumbholes and UPF 50; $54.99. Bottom layer: Noble Outfitters Heartbreaker tank in Lime Punch with dropped back hem for extra coverage, princess seams for a feminine fit, and Opti-Dry technology; $22.99.
Hat: Model’s own. On top: Kimes Ranch Apparel red hockey hoodie with lace-up front; $70.00. On bottom: Kimes Ranch Apparel Watson 14-ounce-denim jeans; $99.00.

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