Western style? In my book, it’s really more a movie genre than an outfit category. But even I can get onboard with a little Americana-inspired street style.
With Coachella looming and denim-on-denim exploding onto the scene yet again, western-esque looks are back with a vengeance. And if you’ve got the time and the place to break out the chunky silver jewelry, the boots and the hats, then go for it. But if you’re looking to integrate a few western elements into your look without looking your Stage Coach bound, well, I’ve got a few tips for you.
First and a foremost, the belt. Ever since B-Low the Belt introduced the double buckle belt—which Kendall Jenner and crew then made Instagram famous at Coachella last year—this type of waist accessory has practically made the slender waist belt all but irrelevant (temporarily). Now, while I adore the B-Low the Belt versions, which now come in silver, gold and a variety of other trendy buckles, they can range a bit on the pricey side—which is exactly why this similar River Island version is a friendly alternative, ringing in at just $31. For a not-so-hefty sum, it’s a great way to add a touch of the wild west into a sophisticated street style look.
Speaking of things Kendall Jenner (and her kickass stylist Monica Rose) have helped to bring back, the choker is another tried-and0true trend that’s resurfaced once more. Instead of sticking with a simple thin black version, opt for a woven one with a bolo tie-inspired knot. For me, that was this Brandy Melville gem. Now to throw in one last western element, I slipped on one of my all-time favorite jackets: an ultra comfy brown suede jacket, courtesy of BCBG.
Of course, a sexy pair of high-waisted skinny jeans helped in the making of this american outfit as well (these guys are 7 For All Mankind), and to offset any overwhelmingly western undertones, I opted for a sheer Ella Moss blouse and some sparkly cap-toed Steve Madden espadrilles.
While this may not be your average off-the-ranch getup, it is a great outfit for working in a bit of western flare without going full-blown rodeo-ready. And truthfully, it’s an outfit I’m not so opposed to be repeating.
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