If it’s western related, I’m down! Whether it’s a Clint Eastwood movie, some cowboy boots or a Mexican standoff. There’s something about that type of laid back style and use of raw materials that I’m drawn too. Effortlessly cool. For me it’s a fashion that won’t go out of date, you can always add elements of it into your daily style or go all out if the mood strikes. It tends to have a fairly neutral palette with some earthy tones, however I’m all about the monochrome look so I’ve gone for black and white. I took a very casual approach to western for today’s outfit – I like to think of it as James Dean meets modern cowgirl.
There are plenty of ways to go about incorporating themes of this trend into your style. The use of certain textures like denim, suede and leather are key; even adding fabrics such as pony leather and snake. Accessories play an important role too – details like fringe, studs and buckles help to convey that western feel. It can appear as quite a masculine style at times, however can very easily become feminine by adding a loose dress into the mix.
This is a very go-to outfit of mine, such a versatile look that can carry me through from day to night. Included are a few of my wardrobe staples, first on the checklist – leather jacket. I wear (overwear) my leather jacket a great deal but with just cause. Once you invest in a high quality, well fitting and beautiful piece why wouldn’t you get the most use out of it possible? The leather is incredibly soft and has sculpted perfectly to my body, the kind of jacket that will only improve with age. If I’m lucky enough in the future I plan on getting another or perhaps one in suede.
For the main body of the look I went simple and classic with a white tee and black jeans. May sound like nothing special but high quality basics are a must have in any wardrobe. A well made and good fitting (on me) pair of jeans were quite hard to come by until I discovered Dr Denim a couple of years back. This pair hug in all the right places, retain their stretch and are made to a high standard. Perfect. The white tee has a small rip detail and is incredibly soft – I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Now onto the western touches, I didn’t go too overboard with the styling as I wanted to keep it very laid back. These cowboy boots have a stitch detail and a reasonably high wooden heel which help to make me feel that little bit sassier. Another big contributor when choosing for me was that they came up slightly higher than most ankle boots, something I didn’t have in my collection already. There are many styles of the western belt around at the moment, this one features a simple buckle design and is made of real leather which helped sway my decision. Last but not least I would’ve worn my cowboy hat but unfortunately I left it at home, rookie error.