Western fashion is as classic as cowboy cinema. Styling your western pieces for the rodeo or barn dance is easy, but it can be harder to put together an outfit for daily wear, especially if you don’t want to look like you just walked off the set of a Clint Eastwood film. (If that is the look you’re going for, we love that too! This is for the people who want a more understated look.)
Here’s how to style your western wardrobe pieces for everyday wear.
Choose One Western Piece per Look
If you pair your suede fringed jacket with cowboy boots and a bigger-than-Texas belt buckle, you’re going to look like you just left the rodeo. If that’s not the look you’re going for, choose one western style piece to incorporate into your outfit.
The one exception to this is your trusty pair of boots. Feel free to wear them with any other western piece—they’re neutral and won’t overwhelm the look, especially if you wear flared jeans. Your bronco boots will make your fit western enough that your other western apparel won’t feel out of place.
Some great items to wear include a shirt with western embroidery, your best hat, or that aforementioned belt buckle.
Pay Attention to Materials
Cowboys lived off the land and wore clothing made of natural materials. For that reason, natural fabrics and materials are a huge part of western clothing. These include fabrics like denim, wool, cotton, leather, and suede. Sherpa can also work well if you live in a state with a colder climate.
A neutral piece like a plain denim shirt will read as western-inspired when paired with your boots and one statement piece. Their understated nature will ensure you don’t look like you’re wearing a costume.
A great pair of real leather boots has plenty of benefits and completes any western look. Choose a comfortable, dependable pair in a neutral color for everyday footwear. Save your flashy alligator skin boots for when you want to get really dressed up. (And yes, exotic skin boots count as your statement piece.)
Don’t Be Scared of Accessorizing
Western accessories can be a great way to add a more personalized touch to your outfit. There are limitless options here, so allow yourself to be creative! Leather goods, such as bracelets, wallets, and bags, are the most popular options. Look for items with decorative stitching for a more western feel.
Silver-tipped belts can add a discrete western flair without breaking out the giant belt buckle. Swapping a traditional tie with a bolo tie can give your fit a fun western touch.
Styling men’s western fashion for everyday wear can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to create outfits that give off the right amount of western flair without looking like a costume.
Keep in mind that fashion is fluid! These suggestions are just guidelines to get you started. Once you feel confident in your style, feel free to break these rules and put together even more creative outfits than before.