So you've bought yourself a new ranch shirt. Congratulations — you've just taken the first step to adopting a fashion-driven version of the rural lifestyle.
But if just buying a great article of rural clothing was all it took to adopt the t-shirt style of a fashionable modern farmer, everyone out there would adopt this look. You need to learn how to style this great new article of clothing so that everyone understands that you mean business.
With so many fashionable options available these days — how are you supposed to go about this?
This article will walk you through 7 tips for styling ranch shirts to make sure you look great.
1. Get A Great Pair of Jeans
There's no better way to make a t-shirt shine than with a great pair of jeans. Jeans and t-shirts go together like rice and beans — they just work. The right pair of jeans will contrast your rancher shirt, showcase it, and bring the whole contemporary cowboy look together.
Wrangler jeans are the classic cut for this style. They're firm, sturdy, and iconic. However, you don't need to give yourself completely over to the cliche.
Find yourself the cut of jeans that works for your particular shirt. Maybe a red YNOT shirt would look good with a pair of boot-cut jeans; you might find that our Eat More Beef works with a look that's more slim-fit. Go in the direction that the shirt calls you.
2. Rock a Belt
One of the best ways to wear a t-shirt with jeans is to tuck your shirt into a stylish belt. This elevates a casual outfit into something that you could wear to a fun night out.
While ranchers don't follow standard fashion trends, it's encouraging to know that big belts are in right now. Find yourself a great over-the-top western belt, and rock it to complete your rugged look.
You can also go with a more traditional black belt. A black belt might not scream "country" the way a western belt does, but when paired with the right jeans and shirt, it can be just as effective.
3. Wear Some Boots
We're not telling you you have to go out and find yourself an over-the-top pair of cowboy boots. We are, saying, however, that they look great with rancher shirts.
There's no better way to show off your rancher pride than to show the world you're not afraid to get your hands a little dirty.
There are also more subtle styles of cowboy boots available now, such as old west boots and ramblers. These will give you just the right amount of flair to make a splash — while not getting lost in the flash of more opulent cowboy boots.
4. Get a Great Flannel
A flannel is the one article of clothing that never seems to go out of style. A perfect way to enhance your ranch shirt-tucked-into-jeans look is to throw a flannel over the top. (Don't forget to roll up those sleeves!)
Flannels come in a ton of shapes, patterns, and colors, so it'll be easy to find one that's right for you.
While we say flannel in this item on this list, it's more about the spirit of the flannel. Feel free to replace a literal "flannel" with any type of heavier shirt that can keep you warm and enhance your style. Heck, you can even treat a light leather jacket this way, turning a t-shirt into a fashion statement.
5. Buy a Variety of Shirts
The more cancer shirts you buy, the more options you have. If you buy the same type of shirt in several colors — or even several styles of shirt — you have more opportunities to pick the color combination that will work just right.
When you buy a variety of shirts, you can find out whether a certain one will work out with boots and another will work with jeans. You can also mix and match certain t-shirts with certain pairs of jeans to create combinations that you won't soon forget.
6. Nail the Accessories
Sometimes it's the little things that make an outfit come together. Adding a necklace to take up some space on your t-shirt and some bracelets to add color underneath the flannel could be all you need to turn a casual outfit into a fashion masterpiece.
Accessories are all about balancing space on your body — using as much space as possible to become fashionable while not overwhelming the eye.
If you're able to rock it, we also recommend buying a hat. You can go with a big old-school cowboy hat or a more contemporary cap option. Go with a rancher cap and you'll pull together a great outfit worthy of a dreamy star in a country music video.
7. Stay Laid Back
At the end of the day, the best way to stay fashionable in a ranch t-shirt is to adapt the ranch t-shirt mindset. Stay laid back and relaxed in every style choice you make — never look like you're trying too hard.
This send of rancher-relaxation/cattleslinging cool is the perfect way to make sure that your style is always relevant. You could have the best clothes in the world, but it won't mean anything if you can't make them all come together in a fashionable way.'
Rock Some Ranch Shirts
If you want to make your ranch shirts stand out and look like a fantastic fashion statement, you're going to have to know how to style it right. Wear a great pair of jeans with it, rock a wonderful belt, get some boots in the mix, throw a flannel over it, vary up your style, nail down those accessories, and always stay laid back, and you're far more likely to succeed.
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