Western dressing has been floating in the fashion world for almost two years now. Ever since Raf Simons took over at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, he’s been championing Western flair as part of his vision of Americana. Phoebe Philo’s Celine — that bastion of taste — showed black western boots Fall 2017 and revisited the trend again in Spring 2018. Fendi and Isabel Marant have also embraced cowboy boots as the new status shoe. It’s helped by the rise of Prairie dressing, as seen at Danish favorite Ganni, where the #GanniGirls wear blousy dresses with bold cowboy boots. But now there’s a new sheriff in town – metaphorically at least.
Enter Yeehaw. It’s not new, it’s just the flashy, fun sister to the Western trend that is skyrocketing in popularity. The woman who coined the term is Bri Malandro, who runs the instagram The Yeehaw Agenda, which showcases black cowboys and cowgirls in pop culture. From Destiny’s Child in cowboy hats on TRL to Solange Knowles covered in cowboy hats to Texas-native Megan Thee Stallion, it’s the campy sister to the Western trend to watch. In “Old Town Road,” the new song sweeping the internet, Lil Nas X sings, “Bull ridin’ and boobies/ Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty.” He’s not wrong – Gucci did show a white cowboy hat for Spring 2019. Yeehaw.
Full-on cowboy is a bit of an intimidating look, and full on yeehaw even more so. But it doesn’t have to be. We’ve rounded up 24 best ways to embrace the trend without looking like an extra in Westworld.
A big buckle can change the entire vibe of your outfit.
Whether it’s all-out embroidery or just a simple pearl snap, the Western shirt is all about the details. Pick your favorite below.
The most important part of any Western look. So many brands have done iterations on cowboy boots that it’s easy to find ones that feel chic and not corny. Pair them with a prairie dress or wide-leg jeans for an effortless look — no horse required.
Jackets and shawls are paramount in the wild, wild West (it gets cold at night for a cowpoke.) Go for a leather jacket, an embroidered piece, or a cozy poncho.
The Finishing Touches
If there’s one thing a cowboy loves, it’s accessories. Seriously: John Wayne was always kitted out in a hat, scarf, vest, and badge. (Sure, it was a sheriff’s badge, but still!) Any of these will add intrigue to any look. And bolos are back, so dive on in.
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