What to Wear to a Barn Dance

Andie Rowe
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Barn dances are held on farms and ranches from coast to coast. A barn dance is the perfect outdoor adventure to enjoy with friends and family.

To dress up for a barn dance is a tradition. Whether you wear long dresses, cowboy hats or blue jeans, make sure your barn dance costume is comfortable, classic and stylish.

Here’s what to wear to a barn dance.

NameCategoryProduct
DJT Women’s Roll Up Long Sleeve Collared Button Down Plaid ShirtBest OverallDJT Women’s Roll Up Long Sleeve Collared Button Down Plaid Shirt
Western Belt Buckle Initial Letters ABCDEFG to Y-Cowboy Rodeo Gold Large Belt BuckleBudget PickWestern Belt Buckle Initial Letters ABCDEFG to Y-Cowboy Rodeo Gold Large Belt Buckle
Ariat Women's Darlin Work BootUpgrade PickAriat Women's Darlin Work Boot

1. DJT Women’s Roll Up Long Sleeve Collared Button Down Plaid Shirt

Our rating: 9 / 10

DJT Women’s Roll Up Long Sleeve Collared Button Down Plaid Shirt

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Pros:

  • Sharp look
  • Blend of plaid and flannel
  • Affordable price
  • Many color options available
  • Good button placement

Perfect for country dances, gatherings this shirt from DJT will have you looking cute and feeling cozy. It’s comfortable and easy to move around in, and best of all, you can wear it with jeans, a skirt, or even leggings. Featuring a blend of cotton and polyester, this plaid flannel shirt is soft textured and is both warm and breathable.

The shirt’s long sleeves allow for a versatile look that you can easily adjust according to the weather on the day of any given event. The shirt’s simple design features a shirt collar and front button closure, which helps give it a casual yet flattering aesthetic.

The shirt also features a flexible design that allows you to move freely without feeling restrained in any way. Its classic casual appearance will allow you to maintain your look, no matter how the music might make you want to move.

2. Roper Women's American Beauty Western Boot

Our rating: 8 / 10

Roper Women's American Beauty Western Boot

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Pros:

  • Made of high-quality leather
  • 5-inch heel
  • Price point is affordable for beginners

Cons:

  • Leather has to be treated to last
  • Sizing can be off

You can find this boot at most affordable prices, and a couple of accessories to make them look like they’re straight out of a Western movie.

3. Laredo Women's Spellbound Western Boot

Our rating: 8 / 10

Laredo Women's Spellbound Western Boot

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Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Good support
  • Stylish
  • Good stitching
  • Ideal for dancing and lounging around the house
  • Affordable

I know that getting any pair of boots to fit properly is a challenge, but a pair of dancing boots can be even more difficult. Many women have trouble finding a stretchy upper that gives you a little room to dance, but not so much room that they fall off during the night. Most women at a barn dance are looking for comfort, support, and style, but certainly not rugged durability.

The Laredo Women’s Spellbound Western Boot has what I consider the perfect mix of comfort, style, and durability. The soft leather of these Western boots contours to your foot right away, and the boots will stretch to fit most feet. The rubber sole is sturdy and will take a lot of abuse, and the rubber sole is particularly good with waterproof material, which is an asset for a barn dance in rainy Oregon.

Overall, these boots are a great choice for anyone looking for a stylish, casual boot to dance in for a night.

4. Lusm Silk Feeling Square Scarf

Our rating: 8 / 10

Lusm Silk Feeling Square Scarf

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Pros:

  • Nicely packed and shipped
  • Soft and comfortable material
  • Nice designs and color

Cons:

  • Some have complained of threads coming out after a few uses, but the manufacturer has been quick to respond and send replacements
  • Not recommended for hot or humid climates

This is a silky soft scarf that would make for a lovely gift or a nice addition to your personal collection. One thing that really stands out about this particular scarf is the uniqueness and design. We love the color, and it’s nice to see a pretty floral pattern on a scarf.

The stitching on it is reinforced, to ensure that the scarf holds its shape well while also minimizing any fraying from repeated washings. If you’re looking for something with a bit of sparkle, that isn’t going to break the bank, then this is a nice choice.

There are plenty of times when a scarf is perfect for adding a bit of color and a fun pattern to your outfit, and the best part is this scarf can be worn to work or a formal occasion as easily as it can be worn to a barn dance.

5. LookbookStore Women's Mid Rise Frayed Ripped Raw Hem Denim Jean Shorts

Our rating: 8 / 10

LookbookStore Women's Mid Rise Frayed Ripped Raw Hem Denim Jean Shorts

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Pros:

  • Thick, high-quality denim material
  • Mid-rise; sits just right above belly button
  • Distressed details
  • Round hems
  • Thick, high-quality denim material
  • Mid-rise; sits just right above belly button
  • Cool back pocket design

Cons:

  • Black edge frayed style fades after multiple washes
  • Sizing runs small

This short comes from LookbookStore's "Denim Collection". The ripped detailed style is both trendy and stylish; perfect for a hazy summer evening.

This short features thick, high-quality denim material that makes it very soft to the touch. It's fantastic for a night out with friends and even better when paired with a cute pair of kicks. The denim material is so soft that you are also assured of maximum comfort for the entire day.

The LookbookStore Women's Mid Rise Frayed Ripped Raw Hem Denim Jean Shorts have a mid-rise waistline that measures just right to sit below your belly button, making you feel good about yourself.

6. TheMogan Vintage Distressed Washed Stretch Denim Skinny Jeans

Our rating: 8 / 10

TheMogan Vintage Distressed Washed Stretch Denim Skinny Jeans

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What to wear to a barn dance? Well, if you’re inspired to go or find yourself in need of some inspiration, you should consider wearing a pair of jeans. Specifically, my favorite brand of jeans is TheMogan, which is a denim brand for the modern cowgirl that also happens to be perfect for a barn dance.

Not only do TheMogan jeans have a high waist and are very flattering, but they also come in many different styles including cigarette, flare, pedal pusher, skinnies, and even boyfriends. They’re available in over 10 different styles and in more colors than you can imagine. What’s great is that as the denim ages over time, it takes on a vintage look and feel that you can’t achieve with store-bought jeans.

TheMogan jeans are a little different from your average jean. In fact, they’re hand-crafted by an individual creator. Each one is a slightly different. While they’re different, they’re consistent. Each pair is hand-crafted from raw denim to create a vintage look and feel with a very high-end, designer finish.

7. Western Belt Buckle Initial Letters ABCDEFG to Y-Cowboy Rodeo Gold Large Belt Buckle

Our rating: 8 / 10

Western Belt Buckle Initial Letters ABCDEFG to Y-Cowboy Rodeo Gold Large Belt Buckle

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Pros:

  • Adjustable and can be worn by both men and women
  • Engraving is of high quality and complements the belt buckle style well
  • It’s available in different sizes and styles
  • The belt buckle is nice and thick and can be worn with ease

Cons:

  • There doesn’t seem to be an option for choosing a letter
  • Initial looks as if engraved upside down
  • Belt buckle is not big enough to wear a belt

Buckle Size: 4.25 x 2 inches … Engraving Orientation : Up

If you’re searching for a belt buckle to reinforce your cowboy style, the ABC-Z belt buckle from Buckle-Down will do just that. This belt buckle is made of brass and has a great retro look that contributes just the right amount of flare to your attire.

The belt buckle is also available in a large size that is larger than 2 inches. This makes the belt buckle thicker than most and can give you the styling you’ve always dreamed of – perfect for showing off your assets or letting them breathe.

8. NENDFY Raisin' Hell

Our rating: 8 / 10

NENDFY Raisin' Hell

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Pros:

  • Great fit
  • Vibrant colors
  • Funny design

Neon tank top with a cool paisley design. Boobs and Cowboys, OH MY!

This tank top is a great addition to any country dance wardrobe. It features a catchy design with a funny sentiment. Who knew that going to a barn dance in your bare feet could be such a pain? Of course, you should only wear this to a real barn dance; a place of back-to-nature where people forgot emojis and pay phones and other technology for getting inspiration for their clothes.

The tank has neon colors of pink, green and blue with an overall white backdrop that makes the design pop. It is made of 100% cotton, which is very breathable.

9. Coevals Club Men's Western Plaid Pearl Snap Buttons Two Pockets Casual Long Sleeve Shirts

Our rating: 8 / 10

Coevals Club Men's Western Plaid Pearl Snap Buttons Two Pockets Casual Long Sleeve Shirts

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Pros:

  • Many Colors Available
  • Durable Construction
  • Affordable Price

What to Wear to a Barn Dance The Coevals Club Men's Western Plaid Plaid Shirt makes for a great addition to my best clothing for men list. I love plaid shirts for their subtle and old-school masculinity. They can be worn casually but still look great for a night out on the town and clubs.

The Club Western shirt will match all your favourite pair of jeans and it’s very versatile overall. You can wear it alone, with a tie or tucked into your pants or shorts.

They come in many awesome colors — blue, grey, brown, yellow, and many more. Your guy will look great in any of them, and if he has a nice, defined physique he’ll have a lot of girls looking at him cheek to cheek.

10. TAM WARE Womens Casual Fit and Flare Floral Sleeveless Dress

Our rating: 8 / 10

TAM WARE Womens Casual Fit and Flare Floral Sleeveless Dress

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Pros:

  • Made with high-quality fabric
  • Comes in eight colors
  • Great for festivals and other special occasions
  • Great fit
  • Can be worn for casual and dance occasions
  • Easy to pack
  • Casual and modern look

If you’re looking to buy a dress to wear during the barn dance, you may want to consider this floral sleeveless gown by TamWare. It comes in eight different colors – black, navy, gold, white, light blue, brown, sage, and gold (the color of the model above).

Each gown comes with a gorgeous floral pattern, one made with red roses on a baby blue background. The gown is sleeveless and has a hollow scoop back.

The seams are also designed in such a way to complement the natural curves of the body, so it’s not only a great dress for barn dances, but you can also wear it to an outdoor festival.

11. ELY CATTLEMAN Women's Long Sleeve Western Shirt

Our rating: 8 / 10

ELY CATTLEMAN Women's Long Sleeve Western Shirt

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I wore this shirt to a barn dance and it was a hit! It’s a great design, with long sleeves and pleats in the back.

The brand suggests that you pair this shirt with jeans or leggings and cowboy boots.

And this is the end of this guide.

12. ONEYIM Women's Dress Summer Floral Long Sleeve Off Shoulder Casual Mini Dresses

Our rating: 7 / 10

ONEYIM Women's Dress Summer Floral Long Sleeve Off Shoulder Casual Mini Dresses

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Pros:

  • Unique design with appealing pattern
  • Solid fabric with quality stitching
  • Amazing customer service

Cons:

  • Fabric is thinner than expected
  • Sizing runs a bit small

What better way to show off your feminine style than with a nice country dress from OONEYIM? We predict that this dress is going to make you stand out from the crowd.

OUTNYIM carries an amazing range of clothing, but what I find most amazing is that the quality overcomes the modest price. The fabric used for the product is a bit thinner than expected, but it has been made of quality. The stitching is also top-notch.

There's no missing the unique design, either. The off the shoulders and the design of the skirt are eye-catching features that make this product quite appealing. If this is what you're looking for, it's an amazing choice.

13. Ariat Women's Darlin Work Boot

Our rating: 7 / 10

Ariat Women's Darlin Work Boot

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This is one of the most rugged work boots Ariat ever created. It’s made with a full-grain leather that is waterproof and treated to keep you protected from the elements. Despite the fact that it’s made to take a pounding, this shoe is still comfortable as it’s ergonomically molded.

This is a comfortable shoe that can handle any barn dance.

14. Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women's Mid-Rise Shorts

Our rating: 6 / 10

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women's Mid-Rise Shorts

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Pros:

  • Colorful and fun print
  • Smooth fabric
  • Stretchy and comfortable fit
  • Easy access pockets
  • Button closure instead of zipper
  • Kids clothing items match the adult ones
  • Shorts can be worn in different ways

Cons:

  • Waistline may be too high for some
  • Fabric can be see-through when stretched

OK, these are not real pants! The "Pant" is a foreign concept to me when going to a barn dance or any sort of country-inspired event. Instead, I stick with the more comfortable and stylish option – shorts. I wore these to a barn dance with my cowboy boots and it was great.

What I love about these shorts is that they are made of stretchy and comfortable fabric. The shorts are also made of soft fabric that doesn't irritate your skin. The inside of the shorts is a soft light-blue color and the outside has a fun crosshatch pattern.

I had no problem putting these shorts on, using a button closes instead of the typical zipper. The button closure made the attire more secure so I knew I wasn't going to end up showing my butt to the whole crowd. The buttons are also very cute in a way, adding to the overall style of these shorts.

15. Women's Regular Fit Washed High Waist Stretch Flared Bootcut Jeans

Our rating: 6 / 10

Women's Regular Fit Washed High Waist Stretch Flared Bootcut Jeans

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Pros:

  • Beautifully Comfortable Jeans
  • Fabulous Dark Wash
  • Perfect for any occasion

The only thing you’ll want to change when you try these jeans on is their name – they don’t feel like jeans at all!

The material is soft and luxurious, you can barely tell you’re wearing them. The high waistband is super flattering and they come with soft fabric tabs that allow you to adjust the fit.

Other awesome features include back pockets that are large enough to hold a phone, a detail that few designers seem to consider. These jeans also come with a slightly flared bootcut that’s not too loose and not too tight, giving them the perfect slim-fit look.

16. BANGELY Country Music T Shirt Cowboys Beer That's Why I'm Here Tank Tops Women Letter Graphic Racerback Casual Drinking Tees

Our rating: 6 / 10

BANGELY Country Music T Shirt Cowboys Beer That's Why I'm Here Tank Tops Women Letter Graphic Racerback Casual Drinking Tees

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This one of a kind, hip and trendy design is a must have for you and your friends. Makes the perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, or any occasion. It's a unique gift idea for any man or woman. Wear it to the next party, festival or music event, and be sure to stand out from the crowd! It's also great for any drinking occasion, hangout or clubbing.

17. Women's Plus Size Denim Vest Sleeveless Cowboy Waistcoat Retro Ripped Gilet Jacket Top

Our rating: 4 / 10

Women's Plus Size Denim Vest Sleeveless Cowboy Waistcoat Retro Ripped Gilet Jacket Top

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Pros:

  • 100% denim fabric
  • Stylish, plus size gilet with denim collar
  • Stylish high-waisted hem
  • Two functional front pockets
  • Casual finishing with rips and tears
  • Offers a great fit to women with bigger bust and hips
  • This is a great idea for a gift for someone who likes to stay cool in the summertime; it's the perfect picnic accessory
  • The vest features a zipper on the side for the perfect fit and stylish detail that you can expect from this designer gilet.
  • You won't believe how good this garment is until you try it on. You can wear it as a utility jacket, a workwear piece, or wear it as an outer wear for either occasions downtown or during leisurely days in the park.

Some customers found the short length a little challenging to work with. The design is slightly fitted which means zipping and unzipping the velcro closure can be a challenge at times.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do ladies wear to a barn dance?

For ladies, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and clothing you can dance in! It’s also recommended that you bring a light jacket or sweater as these events tend to have a cooler temp.

What do you wear to a barn?

You could wear anything really, but there are a few things you should avoid. Skip the flip flops or sandals, and forget the jeans. Wear sneakers or boots, so you can dance, or sandals if you don’t like being barefoot. You probably don’t want to wear fancy shoes, because you’ll be walking around a lot. It’s also a good idea to wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. Wear something that’ll be comfortable, so you’re free to move around. Sheepskin close-toed slippers are good if you have them, because you can wear them inside the barn too if your feet get cold.

How should I dress for a swing dance?

The best way to dress for swing dance is to wear clothes that are loose and comfortable. Although you can wear whatever you like and be dressed perfectly fine, there are some outfit ideas that keep your dancing safe, comfortable, and stylish!

You’ll want to wear loose-fitting clothing made of a breathable fabric. Your shoes should be comfortable enough for you to move around in. There are many great examples of what to wear on the Internet, but to get the classic vintage swing look you’ll want to wear styles like simple dresses and skirts. However, if you are a guy, it is acceptable to wear pants and a button-up shirt.

What do you wear to dance?

When you think barn dance or barn party, you think old-school, country style fun. So, get ready to channel the part in all your clothing choices. Instead of the usual formal wear, you’ll want to dress in a more casual and relaxed style for this event. Skirts and pants of all types are appropriate, as well as dungarees or jeans. For tops, choose simple t-shirts, flowy blouses, or a sleeveless dress.

You may also want to accessorize with a vest or bolero jacket as a nod to the old-timey outfits that women would have worn in these sorts of situations. A western belt or bolo tie is also a great choice for a touch of flair. And, if you want to go with boots, find some with a heel instead of flats, for a little style. Orthopedic sandals are never a good choice for a social event.

Conclusion

When attending a barn dance you want to feel like you’re having fun and not putting too much effort or concern into what you wear. Even though you may not be wearing formal wear to the dance, you want to look nice. Casual dresses or blouses, casual pants, or jeans, and cowboy boots are commonly worn to them. No matter what you wear, make sure you are comfortable and that anything you wear is not too casual or too formal for the dance.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
DJT Women’s Roll Up Long Sleeve Collared Button Down Plaid ShirtBest OverallDJT Women’s Roll Up Long Sleeve Collared Button Down Plaid Shirt
Western Belt Buckle Initial Letters ABCDEFG to Y-Cowboy Rodeo Gold Large Belt BuckleBudget PickWestern Belt Buckle Initial Letters ABCDEFG to Y-Cowboy Rodeo Gold Large Belt Buckle
Ariat Women's Darlin Work BootUpgrade PickAriat Women's Darlin Work Boot