I’m so excited to introduce to you Andrea, a fashion editor for none other than Cowboys and Indians Magazine! Growing up I always dreamed of being a fashion editor for a magazine, so meeting a sweet & humble Midwestern gal like Andrea is ridiculously rad for me. I can’t wait for you guys to learn all about her + hear her #WranglerNFR styling tips!

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𝐇𝐞𝐲 𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐲, 𝐬𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞...

✯𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚, 𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙚?

Andrea Thorp, The Rodeo Mrs. (but most now know me as the fashion editor for C&I), @the_rodeo_mrs

✯𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢?

I’m originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but now reside in Decatur, Texas with my husband, Marshall.

✯𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙪𝙨 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪. 𝙎𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡.

I’m a Midwestern girl who was swept up in love with horses and the Western way of life from a young age. I grew up riding bareback through corn fields all day long, before cell phones for your kids were a thing.

I attended my first PRCA rodeo when I was five, and became absolutely enamored with the sport. I spent the next two decades in the arena as a competitor, as well as behind the chutes as a part of Western media.

Growing up in the Midwest was an incredible blessing and it will always be home to me. I hope to represent Iowa’s agriculture and unique Western experiences, though they go overlooked by many looking for open spaces to explore.

When I’m not on the job, I love to spend time in the kitchen baking up desserts, designing (and redesigning) my home, and spending time exploring the West outdoors, especially horseback.

✯𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤?

I work with an awesome team who encourages me to take risks with creativity. I love to play with fashion concepts that showcase the versatility of Western attire while inspiring others to step outside their own style box. Having the privilege to share talented makers and brands with the C&I audience is such an amazing opportunity, and I feel so blessed to bring light to incredible, wearable artistry.

✯𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙜𝙤-𝙩𝙤 𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙛𝙞𝙩?

I describe my style as “Santa Fe Edge” - classic, high-end Western pieces paired with black, leather, and always a touch of mystery. My go-to outfit would be a pair of black leather joggers paired with a black turtleneck, a statement Western jacket, a custom felt, and tastefully done accessories. I’m addicted to custom bags and statement turquoise!

✯ 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙫𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜? 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙪𝙨 𝙨𝙤 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬 𝙖𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜.

I absolutely love what I do as a fashion editor, and hope to expand my influence with new projects in and beyond the editorial world, branching out into more artistic, avante garde styling. I also hope to help others achieve their personal style goals through style consulting and closet building.

✯ 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙥𝙞𝙚𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙪𝙨?

Don’t take rejection personally, whether it be your ideas, a job you applied for, or yourself as a person. Believe in your goals, commit to your “why” and keep experimenting even when others don’t understand your process. Sometimes you have to step out on your own to experience major personal growth!

✯ 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙮𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 #𝙒𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙉𝙁𝙍 ?

My best advice is to not overthink dressing for the NFR. Pack really great basics: well-fitting denim, neutral separates, and colors you frequently wear in classic shapes. Then, you can accent them with statement accessories, jackets, jewelry, etc. Take the pressure to create complicated outfits off of yourself, and leave it a little bit open ended. I guarantee you’ll change your mind on planned outfits when you actually go to get dressed!

Also, since the NFR is in Texas this year, I’m expecting to see fewer flashy ensembles (sequins, pattern mixing, ultra-bright colors) and more timeless denim, leathers, neutral felts. Fort Worth style has a refinement to it, and I believe NFR attendees will pick up on that!


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