Picture this: It’s August 2006, the weather is typical…. hot and muggy. The State Fair is in full force in Mid-Missouri and the girls are out “on the town” tonight. We are in our best capri jeans and *cringe* giant belts tied at our waist. I pray this look doesn’t come back. We were just having fun, walking around the fair when boom, there he is…
The hot eye doctor, that I had skipped out on my follow up visit bc I had such a terrible eye infection and it was unbearably embarrassing to see him again. But there he is. Surrounded by his friends. I don’t know what exactly came over me in the next few moments. All I know is that I came out of my shy cocoon, waltzed over to him and said…”those guys over there are bothering us, can you act like my boyfriend to make them buzz off“…. to which he answered so smoothly, “how much do you want me to act” and pulled me in close enough to give me a little kiss on the cheek… Seriously; swoon. I gave him my number and the rest is history.
12 State Fairs Later… we try to go every opening night together as date night and we’ve only missed one year. (Sometimes I have a real issue with crowds, I wasn’t feeling it that year) There have been a ton of outfit styles in these 12 years.
Here are some outfit ideas for you and a couple for your man too. It’s time to make a date night out of the fair guys!!
Levis that I live in. I sized up in these, normally I am in a 26/27 and these I am a 29 See them paired with other outfits here.
Striped Tee The softest most comfortable tee. I almost didn’t grab this because I thought it was a little young for me. It’s so comfortable, I don’t care. LOL I am almost 35 and rockin it.
Similar Shorts His are from the Buckle, in May. I could not find them online.
Shirt – Under Armour
Mix and match idea: All from the Buckle except the shoes! The red shorts are super flowy and so lightweight. The good vibes tee, is meant to be loose fitting.
Jeans Who else is a little excited that flare jeans are coming back in style!? They create curves on a body that has none. LOVE
Ribbed Tank Very flattering, so perfect for a date night. I sized up Medium
Booties I snagged these on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Love the color and the fit. They are comfortable to walk around for a few hours in. TTS
Jeans Under $40!
Button Down — or is it Button Up?? Vintage feel and look
Too hot to wear jeans? Dress up any cut off shorts with a detailed top like this one. Go for the typical boots and cut offs or switch it up with booties. Wear your hair up and show off them shoulders ladies 😂😍
Tank and shorts from the Buckle.
One thing to consider when making outfit choices for any state fair in the Midwest. Jeans during the day, are a bad idea, it’s way too hot. Save those for concert nights. Wedges, heels and anything too fancy are out. You will get them very dirty and you will trip.
While that may be funny for me who is sitting people watching, it is not funny for 17 year old me who thinks she needs to dress to the nines for the fair.
Boots, comfortable sandals or sneakers are always a safe bet. I am definitely not a fashion person, I will always choose comfort over trend. But these Nikes are both comfortable to walk in and trendy!
Stay tuned for a tips post including fair favorites from locals; food, drink and attractions. I’m headed out tonight to try out all the goodies.
Fair photos by Sara Cantrell Photography