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Embrace Your Inner Texan and Up Your Rodeo Fashion Game.

By Brittany on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Tomorrow, as we've already noted, is the Fourth of July. And few things are more inherently American --- or Texan -- than the rodeo.

Let's face it: Rodeo-inspired gear gets a bad rap. And maybe rightfully so. Too often, it's gaudy and over-the-top. And, somehow, we wonder where all the Texas stereotypes thrown Dallas' way come from.

Here's the thing, though: It's who we are. There's no need to run from it. Really, we should embrace it. Because, as anyone who's tried it knows, there's just nothing else quite like downing some fried food, rocking a sweet pair of shit kickers and checking out a raucous bull riding competition.

It's high time we got over ourselves and embraced rodeo fashion.

Because it doesn't have to be so drab all the time. Do it right, actually, and it can look downright fabulous.

So we grabbed America's Next Top Model, Cycle 16, contestant Hannah Jones, made our way out to the Mesquite Rodeo and, y'know, just bucked around a bit to prove our point.

Yippee ki yay.

(As always, for clothing info, click on the pictures and check the captions.)

Photographer: Johnathan Zizzo.
Model: Hannah Jones.
Stylist: Brittany Winter.
Hair and Makeup: Lorene Herrera.
Assistant Stylist: Oliva June Preuss.
Clothiers: Elements Boutique and VOD.

Vanessa Bruno chiffon and metal detail dress, VOD: ,195.

Isabel Marant ispo shorts, VOD: 5. Plateria horse bracelets, Elements: 5 and 8. Fringe vest

Rodeo Tee, Mesquite Rodeo: . Vintage Wrangler shorts, stylist

Denim button up, stylist

Preen scuba tee dress, VOD: 0. Cowboy boot purse and hat, stylist

Creatures of Comfort Georgia star jumpsuit, VOD: 0. Belt, stylist

Confetti necklace, Elements: . Preen Swizel skirt, VOD: 00. Suede bodysuit and Vintage Escada

Preen by Thorton Bregazzi yellow Taylor dress, VOD: ,575. Feather bent hoops, Elements: .

Badgley Mischka Mack & Jane pencil skirt, VOD: 6. White roper fringe shirt and hat, stylist