How to add western flair to your wardrobe even if you're a city slicker
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Cowboy boots are a staple in some cities (hello, Nashville!) but as a Brooklynite transplant originally from the American South, I noticed they really took off in popularity here over the last couple of years.
The trend, though, extends well beyond the confines of the footwear staple and has expanded in some sartorial circles to embrace the embroidery, embellishment, and shapes that country-western troubadours and other cowpoke types have been rocking for decades. It's a highly intentional, chic look when worn correctly and with respect to its originators, so we've chosen a few pieces that work across all walks of life – yes, even born-and-raised city folks.
Keep reading to see which tops, dresses, boots, and more will fit nicely into the aesthetic you're looking to embrace, or simply complement your usual style with an extra bit of flair.
With a sleek 13-inch embroidered shaft, sharp snipped toes, and a flattering but walkable heel, these boots are made for walking, dancing, and whatever else you can wrangle up on a date night when you pair them with a flouncy dress or skirt. The all-black color lends versatility and chicness to this choice, making it an easy way to incorporate a bit of western flair without going full-on just yet – but we'll get there.
Take it from a Southerner: "This ain't my first rodeo" is a phrase that mutates into something wildly useful as time and life changes necessitate its use. Wear it like a badge of honor with this oversized cropped tee that'll feel airy and light in the heat this summer.
For a more subtle nod to country-western aesthetics, tie this silky scarf around your neck or on a bag so hint at the trend without diving in head-first. The "Honky Tonk Heart" lettering around the inside border is adorable!
The stitching is pure western goodness, reminiscent of a less opulent Nudie suit or similarly flamboyant garment in that style. The black-and-white color scheme makes it versatile, as does the simple shape. Pair with jeans and boots for a casual daytime look or wear with your favorite black mini skirt to knock back a couple of beers at the local watering hole.
There is no simpler or more fun outfit to throw together than a denim dress and cowboy boots. Try an update on the classic style with this bleached version from River Island, and add a white handbag or accessories to really make the abstract portions pop.
You can't get back in the saddle without the right jeans, and Wrangler knows just how to make them. Enjoy the sleek lines of these dark, boot-cut riding jeans and revel in the fact that they've been designed to eliminate that pesky gap in the back.
This one's a little goth, a little western, and it has a lot of attitude. Style it to fit your preference with tight black pants, a long skirt and boots, or even over a little black bikini for an overcast day on the beach.
If you only want to make a small investment and plan to use the trend sparingly, try these Western-style ankle boots in the very trendy-right-now white. Nasty Gal even reached out to let us in on a little secret: Festival season this year saw Google searches for white cowboy boots surge 138%, making them 50x more popular than the more common black boots for the first time ever.