It’s a new year and in reflecting this was a crazy year for me. I moved from my home state of Utah to sunny Arizona, started a new job at a western apparel company and perhaps one of the most exciting was being part of the 2015 NFR.
For those who may not follow me on social media, I was honored to be one of the flag girls for the 2015 NFR and let me tell you it was an amazing experience. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity filled with fast horses and unforgettable people. Of those unforgettable people are the twenty girls that make up the “flag team”. Twenty different styles and personalities come together for 10 crazy nights in Las Vegas.
The National Finals is a whirl-win of activity. Behind the scenes, you see how many people it truly takes to pull-off an event of the WNFRs magnitude. As you can expect, ten days in Vegas gave me an eyeful of western fashion. Not just at the shopping venues and the rodeo but in the flag girl locker room. These ladies are some of the leaders and trendsetters in western fashion. The locker room is literally a fashion runway each night, with twenty different styles walking through the door. Here is a small sampling.
As has become a yearly tradition, here is my #2015WNFR Fashion Recap. You can read last year’s edition here.
For the third year running, Fallon Taylor was awarded the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award taking home $5,000 for her wild colored outfits. NFR new comer Sarah Rose McDonald took second place pocketing $1000 with Mary Walker rounding out the top 3 with $500 to her name. To read more on the award read this or this.
As for the many shopping venues and ring side at the rodeo, last year’s fashion of palazzo pants carried through to this year. Floppy hats were big especially this white semi structured number from Charlie 1 Horse. Cheaper floppy hat versions were showing up at several of the vendor booths as well. This was a trend that I discussed in length last year in this article.
The fringe lover in me was ecstatic to see the different variations of fringe. From boots to dresses there was a fringe frenzy and I was not complaining. I purchased a wonderful fringe and suede skirt from Woolies Western Wear at the South Point. A fringe skirt is my forecasted must have item for 2016.
As for footwear short boots or booties were paired with skinny jeans or a great dress to show off some leg. Old Gringo and Corral were some of the leaders on this trend. For the DIYers, revamped traditional boots were another option. I’m working on a tutorial so be sure to watch the EC page!
As always be sure to share your fashion finds and trends with me.
All the Best,