40+ woman in cowboy boots and dresses

Mixing Fantastic Styles with Cowboy Boots and Dresses

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Welcome, Cathie to our blog this week showing how she’s mixing styles with her cowboy boots and dresses. This week has concentrated on all kinds of boots paired with dresses, and these shorter cowboy boots, called ropers could even be classified as ankle boots.

Quote of the day: “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” Malcolm S. Forbes

If that quote doesn’t ring true for all of us at some time, I don’t know what does. I feel that we are continuously a masterpiece yet a work in progress. And that work in progress needs to be nurtured and given grace.
Too often we put ourselves down and think that others are better.

The only reason I bring this up with Cathie’s look today is twofold. One because if you check out her Instagram account, you will see that she constantly posts positive messages. It’s truly a mindset that we all need.
The second reason is that these shorter cowboy boots remind me of the shorter ankle boots, and many women worry about breaking up the leg line with footwear like this.

The other dresses and boot options we showcased this week:
1-Knee high boots
2-Over-the-knee boots

Roper version of cowboy boots and dresses

Dress: Lane Bryant-thrifted ~~ Jacket: Lane Bryant-thrifted~~ Boots: Label worn off-thrifted ~~ Earrings: from local market~~ Purse: no label-thrifted AND reversible

Cowboy Boots and Dresses

Boots are boots, aren’t they? It shouldn’t matter what height they are or their shape, because boots and dresses go together like peanut butter and jelly. You have a dress that needs footwear in the transition from winter to spring, and boots fill the bill perfectly.
You still get some warmth from the closed-toe footwear, yet you can bare a little leg because the chill isn’t as biting.

This isn’t the first time Cathie has joined us on the blog. You can see her in a black, pleated skirt here and wearing navy here. One reason that Cathie and I are such good friends is she appreciates thrifting as much (if not more) as I do.
You’ll notice that almost all of her clothing items are preloved.

Cathie is also wearing what I’d call a fit and flare dress for the day. Hers is a tad more flared with pleats than the one Charlotte wore. But it also ends right below the knee which is always an easy style to wear.
This burgundy red dress is also sleeveless like Charlotte’s but Cathie layered over it instead of under it. Yet with an opened jacket like this, you still get a column of color seen with the dress underneath.

Dark brown fringe jacket

Fringe Suede Jacket

While I love the cowboy boots and dresses, the jacket really adds such a fabulous vibe to this look. Fringe has been on the fashion scene for over 5 years now and still going strong. It has both a 70s vibe as well as a cowboy influence.
So on one hand you could say Cathie is mixing and matching styles with the cowboy boots and fringe depending on how you classify the fringe jacket.

The other great aspect about the jacket is how it ties in the dark brown of the boots into the entire outfit.
While the rule used to be you had to match your shoes to your purse, that idea is no longer important. Yet sometimes, we do feel more intentional when we repeat the color of our footwear elsewhere in the overall look.

Using Accessories to Add Charm

With long hair, you don’t always get to show off your earrings easily. That’s one of the reasons I think the bigger earrings are wonderful for women with long hair. Cathie pushed the hair behind her ear to showcase these adorable heart earrings that she purchased at a local market last year.
Wearing hearts may be obvious for Valentine’s day, but it’s also perfect for February for another reason that I talk about later in the next section.

Notice that Cathie’s necklace is also a small gold heart which is very subtle but a perfect length with the “v” of her neckline.

The cognac tote bag is a fabulous neutral that ties in with the brown boots and brown jacket. This specific tote is one that is reversible. You can see a bit of the blue on the inside.

Wearing cowboy boots and dresses for women over 40

Red Dress for Heart Health

We took these photos in February which happens to be American Heart Month. The concept is to try to bring awareness of the risks of heart disease and stroke with the goal of reducing the number of lives lost to its related illnesses.

During this month Cathie wears red or some shade of red (including pink) every day as she had 2 very good friends with heart conditions. If you don’t believe me, then check out her Instagram feed from the month.

Related posts with red:
Burgundy dress with a cardigan
Red with leopard
Red as a pop of color

Shorter cowboy boots

Roper Cowboy Boots and Dresses

Let’s talk about this shorter version of cowboy boots Cathie is wearing here. The original cowboy boots you normally see are taller and come up over the calf. These roper versions of cowboy boots are defined as having a shorter shaft, a more rounded toe, and a lower heel.

With wide calves, Cathie says that she likes this version of cowboy boots because they tend to fit easier. And now that the show “Yellowstone” has been such a big hit, you are seeing the Western trend more and more.

The similarity between these roper boots and ankle boots is the fact that there is more bare leg showing between the top of the boot and the bottom of the dress. Depending, of course on the length of the dress.

Styling a fringe jacket with cowboy boots and dresses
Dresses and boots for all ages

3 Different Boots with Dresses

You can see the differences with the different lengths of dresses and different heights of boots in the group photo.

Cowboy boots and dresses

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Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

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