Not everyone can pull off a cowboy hat — or the boots. But when you’re in the West, where national parks are constantly within throwing distance and local rodeos are held daily, it’s difficult for visitors not to look like tourists. When they try, instead of pulling off John Wayne they end up looking like Billy Crystal in City Slickers. After traveling the great state of Wyoming, talking with real-life rodeo stars and authentic cowboy-boot makers, we’ve compiled the essentials that will not only make you look like a bonafide cowboy, but will impress the local cowgirls, too.
Resistol Lovington ($106)
A hat that holds its form and keeps the elements at bay.
Cinch Grant Jeans ($85)
Cowboys don’t wear skinny jeans.
Lucchese Leadville ($595)
Square-toed boots that are handmade and stonewashed in Texas.
Lone Tree Leather Works Belts (wyomingbelts.com)
Beautiful, hand-carved or engraved belts made locally.
2015 Limited Edition Cheyenne Frontier Days Belt Buckle ($165)
With belt buckles, the bigger the better.
Copenhagen Snuff (~$9)
Because smoking killed the Marlboro man.
Ariat Solid Wrinkle Free Hoven Shirt ($70)
Rugged doesn’t mean wrinkled.
Levi’s Paisley Bandana ($14)
A classic that’s available in red, blue and black.
Dr. Marten’s Rugged Marl Sock ($14+)
Tough socks that’ll last the rodeo circuit.
Oakley Polarized Gascan Sunglasses ($160)
Polarized and meant to be worn with a cowboy hat.
Synthetic leather gloves with silicone gripping palms, for comfort and durability.