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Breaking in your cowboy boots is perhaps the most important part in ownership. After surfing the web, we found a number of crazy ways to break in boots. Hot water, baby powder, cooking oil, rubbing alcohol… What is going on out there???

Although there are many “creative” ways to breaking in boots, we recommend these safe methods to minimize risk of damage.

1. Wear Them.

Yes. It’s that simple. Just wear them. However don’t wear them for an extended period of time in a single day. Wear them around the house and let them adjust to your feet.

2. Wear Them With A Comfortable Sock

Putting on a pair of socks will help stretch your boots out and help prevent blisters from happening. Again, wear your boots for short periods of time throughout the day.

3. Increase The Amount Time Worn

After a few days of walking around in your boots, increase the length of time you wear them by an hour every week.

4. Professional Boot Stretching

If you have no time to spare at all, then we recommend taking them to a professional boot cobbler. There is less risk in damaging your new boots when taking them to a professional.

Have any tips of your own? Leave them in the comments below!

 

Every Country Girl needs a good pair of cowboy boots, and even if you’ve lived in a town where cows out number people, anyone can still use some pointers on how to buy boots.

  1. Comfort matters!  If you feel like your foot is being strangled by an anaconda then you’ve got the wrong pair on. Your feet should always feel comfortable no matter what. Yes, the leather will break in, but don’t commit yourself to a very uncomfortable pair just because they look good. The most important factor is wearing a pair of boots that are comfortable.
  2. Are your toes being obliterated? Can’t feel your feet? Are your toes turning purple? That’s never a good sign. Toss that pair of boots into the trash can immediately. Always make sure your toes have a decent amount of wiggle room. Boots should not land you in the hospital.
  3. Buy a pair of boots that reflect your true style. On what occasions will you be wearing these boots? A wedding, Friday night at the Broken Spoke, a backyard barbecue? Boots are an investment piece. Make sure to purchase a pair that can be good for a variety of occasions.
  4. Ask for a second opinion. Be sure to ask around for specific styles or features that other friends look for in boots. This will help you better decide what type of boots are right for you.
  5. Don’t be afraid! Boots are meant to be worn with pride. Coordinate your outfits to compliment your boots. Remember to make them a staple piece in your wardrobe and never hide the fact that you’re a Country Girl at heart.

Country Girls of all kinds love Fall. Whether it’s back to school, hunting season, or perfect temperatures for enjoying the outdoors, there’s something for everyone to fall for! Our CG Girls are no exception. See why Annie, Charley, Etta, and Jane love Autumn, and see what they’re wearing this season!

Annie

Annie is our girly-girl, but she’s sharp as a tack. Annie loves back-to-school shopping, and organizing both her locker and her closet.

Annie’s pick:

Rhinestones, angel wings, pink, and paisley – Annie is all over it. Annie pairs her pick with a cute denim mini, and boots, of course.

Charley

Charley is our hardworking tomboy, and a sharpshooting hunter in the Fall. She keeps her style simple and practical, but effortlessly cool.

Charley’s pick:

Charley is rarely found not wearing jeans and boots. She’s all about Fall staples, and this outfit is no exception.

Etta

Etta is our boho Country Girl. She’s in tune with nature, so she loves all the changing colors of Fall. Etta can be found horseback riding through fields or collecting leaves.

Etta’s pick:

Sunflower and script over a rich purple and a cool style, this hooded 3/4 sleeve is perfect for Etta. Etta pairs this top with a flowy maxi skirt and her trademark long, wavy hair.

Jane

Jane loves Autumn air. With Halloween, and campfires for scary stories and Truth or Dare, Fall is perfect for this wild child.

Jane’s pick:

Jane adores the comfy fit and sporty style of this fleece sweatshirt. She would pair it with her favorite destroyed denim and cowboy boots.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

1. Set The Tone


Your first day outfit is a sample of who you will be for the whole year. If you’re going into a new school, or know you’ll be meeting a lot of new people for the first time, think about what your clothes are saying about you. While your personality is what really matters, clothes are the quickest and most obvious way to show that to your potential new BFFs.

The first day of school is a chance to create yourself. This year, will you be studious or fun-loving? Filled with school spirit, or march to the beat of your own drummer? Or, some combination of everything?


2. Be Comfortable


Day One is stressful – finding the right room, making sure you have the right books, remembering your locker combination, finding people to sit with at lunch. With all that, the last thing you need is to be worried about your clothes. Nobody wants to be fussing with straps or hems while speed-walking to make it before the bell.

Go with an outfit that fits well, stays put, and requires minimal maintenance throughout the day. If you’re a pro at walking in heels and that’s what you want to wear, go for it. But if you’re like a newborn deer and you’re just trying to impress somebody, maybe save it for week 2.


3. Show Off


Did you work out over the summer? Get a tan? New haircut? Flaunt it. Your friends will want to know what you did all summer, and that is a great jumping off point for that conversation. If you cut off six inches and went blonde, but hide it in a hat, you’ll get “wait, did you change your hair?” instead of “OMG I love your hair!” and let’s be real, that second one is a lot more fun.

What’s your perfect back to school look? Got any tips we missed? Let us know in the comments!

It’s getting to be that time of the summer where you start looking forward to fall. Bonfires, football season, all the cutest clothes, and back to school. If you’re moving into a new dorm room soon, here are some ideas for how you can make your place feel more rustic, fun, country, and like home. Of course, you could adapt these tips to any room!

1. Pallet Shoe Shelf

An old pallet is perfect for storage. It sits flat against the wall to save space, and shoes fit perfectly between the slats. Use the sides for bags, hats, scarves, or whatever else you may need to hang.

2. Clothesline Picture Hanging

Channel the sweet, simple life of hanging the laundry out to dry on a breezy summer day. Tie a string between two push pins, and use clothes pins to hang all your favorite pictures. You could also hang your ticket stubs, birthday cards, or anything else that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

3. Burlap Covered Head Board

A headboard just makes a bed look more put-together. That’s just fact. But it doesn’t have to be fancy, expensive, or even difficult. Check out this tutorial for how to make a covered headboard out of fabric and cardboard – no heavy tools required!

4.  Wood Crate Shelf

Wood crates make great shelves. Stack them however you like for cute, convenient cubbies. You could use them for shoes, books, or anything else you want to show off while you store it.

5. Loft Hammock

If you have the option, loft your bed. This gives you more space for your desk, shelves, an extra chair, or yes, even a hammock. Be VERY careful, and check with your RA first, but a hammock can be a great way to bring the country into your dorm room.

What do you get when you cross classic country with a free spirit? Fringe boots! This style staple is way cute, and surprisingly versatile.

Miley Cyrus (when she was still country) rocks her fringe boots with a casual and comfy outfit: denim cutoffs, white tee, brown jacket, hobo bag, statement necklace, and long-hair-don’t-care.


Go a little tougher with dark jeans, brown leather jacket, and a low ponytail.


Rock a tight dress with a loose shawl or kimono, statement necklace, and loose wavy hair.


Highlight the boots with simple black leggings and a longer tank top, then add simple but emphatic accessories.


Dare to go all white to contrast with your boots.


Pair with a short, simple dress.


A light, sheer, oversize sweater goes great with dark skinny jeans.


 

1. Anything.

Wear anything you want with Cowboy boots.


2. Anything.

Seriously cowboy boots go with every outfit.


3. Anything.

Play up your boots’ natural style by pairing them with literally anything.


4. Anything.

Every outfit can be improved with cowboy boots.


5. Anything.

Like, why aren’t you wearing cowboy boots right now?


6. Anything.

Plus there’s the added bonus of making any outfit country.


7. Anything.

Wear whatever you want, as long as you put cowboy boots with it.


8. Anything.

Cowboy boots look good no matter what and so will you.


9. Anything.

There is no wrong time to wear cowboy boots.


10. Anything.

Start every outfit with cowboy boots, the rest will just fall into place.

What’s your favorite thing to wear with cowboy boots?