If you pay much attention to fashion shows and the latest collections from top designers, you may have noticed an uptick in Western designs. Yoked shirts, cowboy boots, fringe details, puff sleeves, and full skirts all harken back to the distinct and practical style of the American Wild West. The comeback started with an Americana-inspired collection from Raf Simons at Calvin Klein that debuted in February 2017. Western wear has made a reappearance every season since then, with different designers putting their own twist on the trend.
Western styles are nostalgic, playful, eye-catching, and a little rebellious — and it isn’t hard to see why they’ve become so popular.
The Clothes Are Super Versatile
Western styles tend to be not only comfortable but also versatile. You don’t have to look like you work on a ranch or just stepped out of an old Western movie. You can wear Western pieces in bright colors or muted tones, depending on your preference, and they pair well with other styles.
If you want to incorporate some Western flair into your wardrobe, look for the following elements:
- Puff sleeves
- Yoked shirts
- Flannel and corduroy
- Button-up shirts
- Plaid and buffalo check
- Wide-brimmed hats
- Decorative belt buckles
- Pointed-toe boots
- Cow print
- Chain stitching
Several fashion sites have offered examples of how to wear Western styles without looking like a cowgirl.
The Boots Make a Statement
Among the most eye-catching pieces of Western wear are the boots. Adding a pair of Western-style boots to your closet is an easy way to get in on the trend. You can choose boots in a neutral tone that will pair well with a variety of outfits, or you can make a statement with boots that reflect your bold personality. Some boots are embellished with vibrant colors, glitter inlay, cut-out designs, or elaborate embroidery. The wide selection of boots available from top brands gives you the perfect opportunity to show off your unique sense of style.
The Accessories Are Fun and Chic
Speaking of style, the Western trend brings with it a fun array of accessories. Native American jewelry pairs well with the look — especially turquoise pieces. You can also look for snakeskin and cowhide prints, leather, fringe, and embroidery. If your outfit calls for a belt, look for something leather with a shiny buckle. Add a scarf in buffalo check, paisley, or a Native American print. The best part is that these details can be paired with modern styles or used to complement other Western pieces.
These Styles Are Easy to Find
Western wear has become so popular that you can find versions of it in almost any store, from high-end retailers and department stores to small specialized boutiques. That means this style can fit into any budget. Chances are, your favorites brands have already added a few Western-style pieces to their collections. If not, get creative. Many pieces that aren’t marketed as Western wear can create the same vibe when paired with the right accessories or a pair of cowgirl boots.
With the right styling tips, Western-style fashion can be incorporated into even the most upscale wardrobes. We can’t wait to see how you wear yours!