So you just moved to the capital of Texas—isn’t that honky-tonk flair contagious? While you make your transition into becoming a true Texan, it’s time to grab some local garb so you can look the part.
The classic cowboy look typically includes a trusty pair of boots, blue jeans so starched they can stand on their own, a colorful button-down, a brimmed hat suited to your taste and a vest if you’re feeling formal.
‘Round these parts, you’re unlikely to see someone wearing the full getup all at once. However, each element has its place in your wardrobe and can be used to add a little bit of country sparkle to almost any outfit.
If you need some help getting started, here are some trusted outfitters that will take care of you.
Tecovas, 1333 S Congress Ave. and 11701 Domain Blvd.
Possibly the most essential Texan garment, a good pair of boots will last you for years if properly taken care of but they will cost you a pretty penny. A quality pair is likely to cost you at least $200 but prices can reach the thousands, so make sure you’re ready to wear those boots for the long haul.
This Austin-based company makes its boots completely by hand, each set with over 200 steps, in León, Mexico. Tecovas takes a classic approach to boots, with the aim that the pair you buy will be “as in style today as they will be 30 years from now.” A pair of Tecovas tends to hover in the $200-$600 range, with options for every price range, and also sells clothing so you can nail down the whole look in one place.
Allen’s Boots, 1522 South Congress Ave. and 1051 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd.
An Austin staple since 1977, Allen’s Boots offers a touch more color and variety than the latter brand. Located along South Congress, Allen’s carries everything from the traditional cowboy shape to booties, from neutral colors to a rainbow of different leathers. Allen’s boots may cost a bit more on average than a pair of Tecovas, but the sales—oftentimes 50% off or more on certain styles—can’t be beaten. Make sure to check out Allen’s “Wall of Fame” when you stop by to catch a glimpse of its more famous customers, including George Strait, Faith Hill and Sam Elliott.
Texas Standard, Several boutique locations
From the classic Texas check sport shirt to the winter-friendly flannel to the summery guayabera, Texas Standard stocks western-wear essentials. With a passion for outfitting the “Texas Gentleman,” the clothing brand also sells western-cut jeans and accessories to boot. Plus, there’s a size for everyone with a range from small to XXXL. As a proudly Texan brand, the brand gives 10% of its proceeds to local charity organizations.
Tiny’s Western Wear, 8403 Research Blvd.
Hooking residents up with western clothing and specialty Hispanic-styled items since 1958, Tiny’s is the place to look for all your 10-gallon hat-wearing, bolo tie-donning and belt-buckling needs. In addition to the well-known Stetson, Tiny’s carries desert hats and straw hats to choose from. This is a great place to find leather purses, wallets and kids clothing as well.
Callahan’s General Store, 501 S. Highway 183
This old-timey shop carries a healthy selection of boots, Stetsons, jeans and a wide array of accessories for any aesthetic. This shop doesn’t just sell western-themed garb—it’s a full boutique of country caboodles—you can find home decor, gifts, skincare products, gardening tools, feed and animal supplies for your ranch, and hardware on top of that.
Get along now, ye hear?
After a virtual year in 2020, Austin Fashion Week is coming back with in-person shows at The Domain on Friday afternoon.
The weekend will kick off with the first show at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and end with the final show at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, celebrating Austin’s up-and-coming high fashion scene with six runway shows, more than 50 designers, pop-up shops and coinciding Domain store sales.
After a lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer, this will be Brandy Hughes and Brandy Design Studio’s first time showing at AFW. Hughes returns to Austin as a designer’s apprentice after studying design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Austin is where she got her start in the bridal sphere.
“Austin's such a weird kind of place—It's very creative and there's a lot of artistic people here,” Hughes said. “I think that it's going to get bigger and the one thing that's really good about doing fashion in Austin is you have a little bit more freedom to do the things that you want to do and be as crazy as you want.”
Hughes is showing her most recent collection on Friday’s 1:30 p.m. show, which officially came out two months ago, and features simple silhouettes for the wedding march.
Meanwhile, hailing from Dallas, Phillip White of Phit Clothing is set to appear for the third time at AFW. Inspired to begin an exercise journey but disappointed by the lack of variety in plus-size men’s activewear, White took matters into his own hands.
“Every brand that I was seeing out there, the fit was not correct and a lot of it was just very basic black and gray,” White said. “I saw everybody was sort of making the same thing. I kind of came up with my own brand of how I wanted activewear to be and it's very colorful and still flattering.”
His featured collection is based around his love of the Spice Girls growing up, which inspired him to create women’s and unisex clothes on top of men’s fashion for the first time in his career.
“I want it to look good on all body types,” White said. “My vision of the Spice Girls kind of represents everybody. For me, this collection was the perfect bridge for me to introduce women's, men's and unisex—there are a lot of pieces that I think are gender fluid and anybody could wear them.”
Designers attending come from all over—not just Austin—including Canada, the Philippines and Egypt. Don’t go alone, take this guide with you to get the most out of your ticket. Tickets for individual runways start at $50 and $135 for the whole weekend.
Here's a breakdown of fashion week.
1:30 p.m. Show
- Anmarie Design
- Brandy Design Studio
- Cognition Apparel
- Loka Haus
- The National Bureau of Product Research
- Phit Clothing
- The Salt Nomad
3:30 p.m. Show
- Korto Momolu
- AL+LU Apparel
- Iris Gil Designs
- Jhay Lawson
- Kneaded Fashion
- Toshimi Pacumbala
- Unlikely Designs
First up in the morning bracket is Anmarie Design, showing a collection that is two years in the making, and Sewreffic will take the stage last with a ready-to-wear collection.
- AJ Designs
- Nine & Beyond
- Onyx d'Or
- SA Studio
- Shahira Lasheen
- Turtle Cay Island Wear
- Yoli & Co.
- Daniel Esquivel
- Any Old Iron
- Art Institute of Austin
- Camille Cannell
- Christina Ward
- Heirlume Couture
- Joseph Ledesma
- Kweens Royal Tees
- Brittany Allen
- Caycee Black
- Bosses in Style
- Chellie Friday
- Hello Kaiya
- Jen Ley Designs
- Vee Rodriguez
- Mysterious by NPN
- Art IV Play
- Diana Boch
- FiFi x Fashion House
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Austin FC players may be known for their bright Verde passion and on-field moments, but the club makes sure to keep fans on their toes off the pitch as well.
From McConaughey's Verde suit to Cascante's matchday drip, here's a look inside ATXFC's most fashionable moments:
First home match—Cecilio's cowboy era
Really, it’s perfection. pic.twitter.com/iVRzjdeb4h— Austin FC (@AustinFC) June 20, 2021
After seven weeks away, Austin FC returned to Texas—and Designated Player Cecilio Dominguez made sure to honor that with a rootin' tootin' cowboy look ahead of the club's first-ever home match.
The "Kings of Q2 Stadium" showed out with plenty of their best looks, from Jon Gallagher's sleek all-black ensemble to Stuver's off-white look. But I think we can all agree that Dominguez stole the show with this one.
The legendary Verde suit
Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey made sure not to be shown up by his Austin FC compadres and christened the pitch with a flashy Verde suit.
The suit that has now gone down in Verde legend was actually custom made over two years ago in England while filming "The Gentlemen."
"I got the swath of the trademark Verde that day," McConaughey said on Twitter Spaces. "I hadn't worn it because I was saving it for that night... and the only thing when I looked at it before I headed out to go to the stadium I was like, 'I hope the damn thing still fits.'"
McConaughey, a part-owner and full supporter of Austin FC who has repped the team on Jimmy Kimmel and several other public appearances, took to the pitch on June 19 with nothing but the suit and a bongo, which he used to rile up the crowd ahead of the first whistle.
Julio Cascante—Best dressed?
And of course, the Verde keeper kit
Yep. It’s here. Go get it‼️😉 pic.twitter.com/1xOXvNEHe2— Q2 Stadium (@Q2Stadium) May 17, 2021
Austin FC keeper Brad Stuver was the only person able to rep the Verde keeper kit for the first few months of the season—but fan Brad Tillery was determined to change that.
Tillery and his wife, Kerry, began a weeks-long campaign to get the revered light green kit, posting gifs and comedy skits every day for 53 days as their noble quest gained traction among the fanbase.
Tillery exchanged in a joyful yelling match over the Colorado Rapids post-match crowd between Stuver a few weeks into the campaign, so he had an inkling that the duo's quest would prove fruitful. And finally, two days before the official announcement, Austin's drippiest kit arrived in the Tillery mailbox.
Stuver himself let the public know that the kit had reached the Verde store on May 17, and the kit sold out in minutes. Now, light green mixes with the signature YETI jersey across Q2 Stadium stands every match. Job well done.
McConaughey loves Stuver's slicked back hair
Alongside his drippy keeper kit, Stuver has another signature look—his constantly slicked-back hair.
Stuver's hair is so iconic that it got a nod from McConaughey.
"Figured you'd be that tall," McConaughey said as he met Stuver. "Does his hair ever move?"
Stuver won't let anything—even a stray strand of hair—keep him from blocking that Verde goal.
Best fade—Fagundez reps that "LV"
Diego Fagundez is a man for the fans. He's proved it many times before—from repping the "LV" for fan club Los Verdes after Austin FC's first-ever goal on April 24 to literally getting the letters etched into his hair.
Austin's freshest fade ever has to go to Fagundez. He's a guy known for rocking outlandish hairstyles, including colorful Mohawks, but we think his bleach blonde cut takes the cake.
Best dad drip—Matt Besler and Alex Ring
Driussi Dior—best swagger
Honorable mention—Berhalter and Djitte
Austin's other infamous green shirt
Wolff was pointing at his verde shirt as he went around the stadium! pic.twitter.com/eW2l56GvKQ— Aries Silva (@silva_aries) August 22, 2021
While McConaughey immediately saw green for his first Austin FC appearance, it took Head Coach Josh Wolff a few months longer to add some Verde to his matchday wardrobe.
But it was well worth the wait. Wolff cheered alongside his team in a light, minty green number for the first time on August 21—the same day the team dominated the Portland Timbers in a 3-1 home win. He's now rocked it five times and seen a 2-3 record while wearing green (not great, but better than their 8-4-20 record overall.)
It may have been a request months in the making, but Wolff made up for it by gesturing at the shirt with a wide grin after the Portland match.
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