Mutton busting, bucking broncos and bull riding, oh my! Spring means it’s time to polish your boots and slip into your gear for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at Reliant Park and Stadium. But despite the Garth Brooks song, that doesn’t require chaps, a cowboy hat or spurs. Local handbag designer Mary Nichols Patton says there’s a modern way to do rodeo. “Rodeo and chic are two words you don’t tend to see together, but stylish Houstonians pull it off,” she explains. Her idea of the perfect ensemble for cowboys and cowgirls? Jeans in a dark wash, a chambray or plaid shirt, exotic-skin boots or bag, and statement turquoise jewelry like the to-die-for pieces from Past Era. “A Texas-inspired silk tie or a vintage Ralph Lauren concho belt will dress up your look while adding a little western,” she adds.
Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear
1717 Post Oak Boulevard
Shown is a sampling of the store’s more than 3,500 handmade cowboy boots—the largest inventory in the U.S.—with exotic skins, inlaid leathers and Swarovski crystals. Brands include Lucchese, Old Gringo and Rocketbuster. Boots, $410–$1,465
2015 West Gray Street
Like a perfect neutral, the Rebekah python envelope clutch in muted gold goes with everything and still stands out, thanks to the metallic sheen. It’s slim enough to fit comfortably under your arm, but large enough for your iPhone and makeup. $850
Past Era Fine Antique Jewelry
3433 West Alabama Street
An oversize piece with provenance will dress up anything, and you can find some of the best vintage bijoux at Past Era. Try a chunky cuff with a white T-shirt and jeans for head-turning results. Sterling silver and turquoise cuff, $495
5700 Richmond Avenue
Plaid or pinstripe, there’s nothing more luxurious than a hand-cut and -sewn shirt that’s tailored to fit like a glove. Hamilton’s casual shirt is rodeo wear at its best; pair with your favorite broken-in denim. Western plaid shirts, $295 each
Paris Texas Apparel Co.
Trade in traditional neckwear and celebrate what’s great about the Lone Star State with a tie that packs Texas flair. $75 each