The Wild West took over the runway in a big way in recent months and stores all over the country are picking up on the trend. From suede to fringe, cowboy inspired accents are in for spring and here are a few ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe without looking like you are headed for a day on the farm.
Cowboy boots are a perennial classic and can be worn with virtually any outfit. Check your local thrift stores for the real deal or look for your favorite designer’s takes on the trend. Cowboy boots look great with skinny jeans and a t-shirt or throw them on with a flirty dress for an edgy take on a night on the town.
Suede is back in a big way and can be worked into any wardrobe. Feeling brave? Look for high wasted suede shorts; they look perfect paired with leggings and boots for the winter and with pointy toed flats come spring. For a more subtle take on the trend look for suede accessories like purses, boots and jackets.
Fun and flirty fringe is right on trend this coming spring. Look for shirts or purses with fringe accents or go big with a fringe layered mini skirt.
Believe it or not bolo ties are back in and getting a makeover. Designers are giving the accessory a modern update with cool geometric shapes and bold colors. Pair with a simple blouse or tank top, pairing these with western inspired shirts will look over done.
Warm and practical, the poncho is a great addition to a winter wardrobe. For a subtle approach choose a solid color. If you want to make a statement, look for Navajo inspired prints in red, yellow and blue.
Lots of designers are turning out cuffs, earing and necklaces with turquoise stones. They add a great splash of color to an otherwise plain outfit and are as appropriate for a day at the office as they are a night out. Check your local thrift stores and antique shops for vintage pieces if you don’t want to pay designer prices.
The perfect weekend wear, chambray shirts are another classic that will never go out of style. They can be worn in any season and to nearly any occasion and they’re comfortable making them one of the easiest pieces to try in the western trend.
You might not want to roll up in the office in a ten gallon hat but many designers, including Jessica Simpson, are turning out feminine designs based on the cowboy classic. Look for hats in classic materials like wool and angora but with a western twist.
Another great item for the thrift store hunter, leather belts with western details are hot this season. Look for belts with oversized buckles, imprinted designs or turquoise accents to add just a little country to a classic pair of jeans or wear with a long skirt and tucked in blouse.
Michael Young is the owner of DiscountWesternWear.com & Young’s Western Wear a 3rd generation western wear business in Valentine Nebraska.