3 Refined Ways to Wear the Western Trend

Are you ready to put some wild west into your wardrobe? Western-style clothing is big for Fall 2018. From snakeskin and cowboy booties to fringe, saddle bags, and prairie dresses, it’s all things cowgirl that are cool right now. I’ve rounded up some of the latest looks for you with tips on how to wear the western trend without looking like you belong in a rodeo.

3 Refined Ways to Wear the Western Trend | Red and Black Blanket Wrap with black jeans and black cowboy booties and bucket bag styled by Fabulous After 40 | Deborah Boland

1. Mix Classic with Cowgirl 

Fall’s western trend isn’t about looking like a ranch hand in an oversized plaid shirt and dusty jeans. It’s about stepping up in the saddle in an urban cowgirl look that is refined, polished, and even a little bit edgy.

The best way to get this elevated Western look is to mix classic with cowgirl.  For example, start with a dramatic statement piece like this rustic blanket cardigan.  Edged in super chunky fringe with roll-up sleeves, it resembles a favorite vintage blanket.

You can layer this blanket topper with a plain, crisp white shirt, or take it a step further and go with a classic, white shirt with a ruffled yoke to emphasize the cowgirl vibe. Shiny, slick cowboy booties and a refined bucket bag keep the look classy not costumey.


3 Refined Ways to Wear the Western Trend | Cropped frayed edge jeans with rust sweater, scarf and white cowboy booties styled by Fabulous After 40 | Deborah Boland

2. Try a Western Accent Piece 

If you are not willing to go all the way and ride into the sunset in this look, then there are lots of ways to still have a bit of fun with the western trend.

Western-themed accessories are easy to add to your wardrobe and don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg if you shop around.  Look for things like western-inspired scarves, antique-looking jewelry, fringed bags, and the latest cowgirl booties. (White cowgirl booties are especially hot at the moment because they are an interesting mix of wild west and space age.)

You can wear a single western accessory or even a few depending on your style. Pair them with your favorite basics like cropped jeans and a chunky sweater. I love this ribbed-on in this earthy country color. 3 Refined Ways to Wear the Western Trend | Floral Print dress and black cowboy booties outfit styled by Fabulous After 40 | Deborah Boland

3. Give a Floral Dress an Edgy Western Look 

Another easy way to get fall’s western look is to take a floral dress and wear it with some vampy cowgirl pieces.  Here’s what I mean. Start with a floral dress – short or maxi, with a small to medium traditional floral print. Dark floral prints are especially popular at the moment and are a good starting point because a dark black background makes a floral print automatically more city-slicker.

Pair your floral dress with some sexy cowboy boots ( a pointy toe is always sexier than a round toe), and a minimalist tooled leather bag. That’s all you need to get the western vibe. Now giddy up and go get’em, cowgirl!

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2 thoughts on “3 Refined Ways to Wear the Western Trend

  1. I liked how you mentioned that you should mix classic with cowgirl to get an excellent Western look. My daughter is going to a Rodeo soon and wants to ensure that she looks appropriate for the occasion. I’ll tell her she should go for classic with cowgirl to get an excellent Western look.

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