3 Outfits You Can Wear to a Barn Dance
With summer well under way, you might be trying to figure out how to make the most of America’s favorite Western pastime: barn dance season. Whether you reside in the country or simply head there on the weekends to get away, barn dances are a classic, all-American country tradition that gets everyone excited. Depending on the climate where you live, you could easily barn dance your way from Memorial Day all the way to Thanksgiving—not only are these events great for sweltering summer nights, they’re also a lot of fun when the weather cools off in the fall.
While men might be able to throw on a worn-in pair of Levis and a flannel and call it a day, we understand if you cowgirls want to jazz things up a bit, style-wise. Just because the dance is taking place way out in the sticks doesn’t mean you have to dress down.
In fact, barn dances are one of the best places to show off your great fashion sense—and maybe wrangle a cowboy of your own. If you’re not entirely sure how to balance comfort and style, consider some of these tried-and-true options. Country folk know how to throw a party, and it’s common knowledge that barn dances often turn into all-nighters—these outfits are guaranteed to turn heads and keep you cool from dusk ’til dawn.
Plaid Shirt, Daisy Dukes
It might sound like a simple ensemble, but there’s a reason it’s stood the test of time. Country women have shrugged on plaid blouses to hit up barn dances for decades, and it seems likely that they will continue to long into the future. There’s just something authentic and real about this look, especially when dressed up with a pair of chic cowboy boots.
Plaid is classic and sweet, but with the right pair of cut-off jean shorts, it can go from slouchy to sexy in the blink of an eye. Best of all, if you’ve been invited to a barn dance at the last minute and don’t know what to wear, plaid shirts are never too hard to find. Plus, no matter what tones look best on you, you can be sure to find a color that suits you. If you’re blonde, try a plaid shirt with blue undertones. If you’re a brunette, consider a deep burgundy.
For an added touch of youthful whimsy: add a headscarf.
Sun Dress, Jean Jacket, and Boots
There is no better combination for the sweet and fun-loving country girl. If you like to show off your femininity while also dancing ’til dawn out in the middle of nowhere, strike a balance with a light, breezy sun dress—we recommend either plain white or floral-patterned. Make sure the dress isn’t overly tight or structured; the key to this look is to look casual and earthy. If the dress is movable and breathable, you’ll know you’ve found the right one for a long night of barn dancing.
Throw on a jean jacket over top, and you’re set for the whole night. You’ll be grateful you have it when the sun goes down, and the ensemble will look more put together with a sharp blue denim jacket to tone down the elegant, soft appearance of the dress.
To take this look to the next level: add a large piece of silver statement jewelry. Earrings or a big necklace are always a great choice.
America the Beautiful
Since barn dances are synonymous with America, and the Fourth of July is quickly approaching, it makes sense that this look is so popular right now. You can either purchase a pair of shorts that are emblazoned with the flag we all know and love, or use your creativity to put together a unique red, white, and blue outfit from scratch.
Maybe you have an old bright red blouse in the back of your closet that you haven’t worn in years. Pair it with a cute pair of denim shorts and tie a white handkerchief around your neck—you’ll be comfortable all night long, and with a dash of patriotism to boot.
To celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave: top it off with a soft suede black hat.