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24 Easy Ways to Embrace the Rise of Western Wear

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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.

The Belt

A big buckle can change the entire vibe of your outfit.

ASOS Curve Elastic Western Waist Belt

Available in sizes 16–20.

Glamorous White Western Belt

Available in sizes S–L.

ASOS Design Leather Western Tipped Waist and Hip Belt In Old Gold

Available in sizes XXS–L.

The Shirt

Whether it’s all-out embroidery or just a simple pearl snap, the Western shirt is all about the details. Pick your favorite below.

Foxcroft Jena Faux Suede Shirt

Available in sizes 14W–24W.

Floral Flowy Shirt

Available in sizes 10–18.

Treasure & Bond Satin Western Shirt

Available in sizes XXS–XXL.

Chest-Pocket Check Shirt

Available in sizes 2–8.

Sanctuary Work Shirt

Available in sizes 1X–3X.

Calvin Klein Jeans EST. 1978 Denim Western Shirt

Available in sizes XS–M.

Divine Heritage Western Lace Blouse

Available in sizes P–L.

Nanushka Seymour Denim Shirt

Available in sizes XS–L.

The Boots

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.

Leather Cowboy Ankle Boots

Available in sizes 6–9.5.

Rebecca Minkoff Kaiegan Leather Cowboy Boots

Available in sizes 5–11.

Toga Pulla Western Boot in Beige

Available in sizes 6.5–8.

Isabel Marant Dawyna Western Leather Ankle Boot

Available in sizes 35 FR–41 FR.

The Outerwear

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.

Wool Blanket Poncho

One size.

ASOS Design Western Embroidered Jacket

Available in sizes 0–14.

Fringe Biker Jacket

Available in sizes XS–XL.

Leather Western Jacket by Boutique

Available in sizes 0–14.

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.

Petra Round Felt Hat
Braided Bolo Tie Necklace
Canvas Jewelry Lariat Necklace
See by Chloé Hana Mini Leather Saddle Bag
AllSaints Mori Leather Crossbody Bag

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24 Easy Ways to Embrace the Rise of Western Wear