The countdown is on. The hottest hoedown in town, The Barn Party,  is this Saturday. Over 2,500 people will gather at the Polo Reserve in Littleton for a night of country fun. Guests will enjoy performances by headliner Canaan Smith and Blackjack Billy — along with dining, drinking, gambling and even mechanical bull riding. Still need to buy tickets? Click here and use then use promo code ‘303’ at checkout to get 10% off. 

Have you dusted your cowgirl boots off yet? Check out our tips on how to rock Western wear at the Barn Party. 


1. Cowboy Boots Are A Must Have 

Photo by Kyle Cooper

Photo by Kyle Cooper

It would be a sin to suggest wearing anything besides boots when it comes to footwear with any of the following outfits. If you are buying your first pair go with brown or black leather so they match with everything. Stiff leather boots are made to be worn snugly, so make sure to break them in before the party.   

Best places to buy cowboy boots in Denver
Boot Barn: 8500 East Orchard Road
Ghost Rider Boots: 890 Grape Street 
Cry Baby Ranch: 1421 Larimer Street

2. A White Cotton Dress is a Great Staple

Photo of Miss Colorado (Kelley Johnson) by Kyle Cooper.

Photo by Kyle Cooper.

Nothing screams Southern belle like a white dress. Whether cotton or lace you can’t go wrong. Pair a white dress with a pop of color like turquoise jewelry or red lipstick.  Warning: don’t expect a clean white dress to stay spotless after a night of line dancing at the Barn Party.

3. Trends to Try:  Off the Shoulder 

Photo by Kyle Cooper.

Miss Colorado 2015, Kelley Johnson. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

Cowboys will line up to be caught under a neon moon with cowgirls who rock this chic-casual off-the-shoulder look. There is something about the simplicity of a breathable dress’ relaxed fit that commands the attention in a room. Pro tip: Off-the-shoulder looks highlight the neckline already so skip wearing a necklace and stick with earrings and hand jewelry for this look. 

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4. Country Doesn’t Mean Plain—Go Bold and Mix & Match Prints & Fabrics. 

Photo by Kyle Cooper

Photo by Kyle Cooper

They go together likes Brooks and Dunn or Johnny and June. Pairing prints and fabrics like leather and denim or lace and suede are great options for a unique Western outfit. Even if you don’t think an outfit is necessarily “western” the right accessories like cowboy boots and a denim shirt can make even the most city look have a country vibe.  


5. If All Else Fails, Break out the Daisy Dukes 

Photo by Kyle Cooper

Miss Colorado 2015, Kelley Johson. Photo by Kyle Cooper

Daisy Dukes are tricky. There is a fine line between chic like Carrie Underwood and that girl throwing up in the bathroom at the Grizzly Rose. Class up short shorts with a long sleeve denim shirt like Miss Colorado (AKA Kelly Johnson) is wearing above.

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Does your cowboy need a little inspiration? Check out looks from the dapper men behind the Barn Party below.


Photo by Kyle Cooper

To learn more about the Barn Party click here. Stay tuned to 303’s social media for live event coverage. 

Miss Colorado, Kelley Johson’s Clothes provided by Neiman Marcus
Hair & Makeup by Elizabeth DiGiorgio

One Response

  1. Cindy Tesler

    Thanks for pointing out that for western wear, cowboy boots are a must have. You also mention that a white cotton dress for women is a staple. I think it’s a good idea to choose a company that uses materials that are durable so that they can be used season after season.


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