Saddle up Cowgirls, it’s time to head West…

Trends come and go, but it is undeniable that western style has some serious staying power, finding its way into collections season after season. This season is no different, with designers bombarding us with Americana inspired pieces for AW18. Here at OTL, we want to show you how wearable this unique trend can be.

 

So, it’s time dust off your cowboy boots, as we’ve taken inspo from the sassiest street stylists that rock the all-American aesthetic and put together some top tips on how to wear it western.

Western fashion is frequently dominated by masculine, boxy shapes that give off cool, androgynous vibes. But don’t be afraid to soften the look by throwing in some feminine touches to refine and elevate your outfit. The traditional western shirt is a prominent player and obvious go-to for this trend, but for a modern spin on this classic, that’s more Rodeo Drive than rodeo cowgirl, select a structured shirt with contrast stitching and the intrinsic sharp, 1970’s collar. Boss a feminine twist and pair with a cute mini skirt, or add a belt to cinch in the waist like the street style pack, to achieve a feminine silhouette that collides western styling with utility tastes. 


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 Transform your look in a kick of the heel with a pair of chunky ankle boots to help achieve the quintessential western look. Opt for a contemporary take on this trend by choosing an ankle boot with a bold animal print, or stick to a classic cowboy-esque boot with recognisable buckle detailing to grunge up your outfit. Ankle boots are super versatile and a styling dream; by teaming boots with your trusty pair of classic blue jeans, you’ll give a subtle nod to the wild west, whilst being Sunday brunch ready.      


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If you want to win in western, dare to go all out with some statement accessories that pack a punch - and no, we don’t mean a whip or lasso. We get that the traditional bolero tie might be a touch too ‘yee-haw’ for you, so instead, throw on chunky earrings with a bold star design to infuse your look with all things USA. You can’t go wrong with a saddlebag to compliment your all-American look; we say pair with a leather biker jacket to serve a look that screams this town isn’t big enough for the both of us…


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We know you’re a star, so it’s only right that you dress like one! (or in them). Rock a sheriff worthy star print for a playful take on western styling. Keep it simple in stars and pair with a white tee for a casual yet playful look, or shoot for the stars like a fashionista and team your star print attire with statement, heeled boots that’ll give Daisy Duke a run for her money.


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It just wouldn’t be the western style we know and love if there wasn’t a healthy dose of tassels and fringing. No need to go overboard though as less is more with this trend - a touch of fringing can go a long way and give you some playful movement, without being OTT. Tackle the tassels and glam up your look with some subtle fringing by taking tips from the street style mavens and pair with structured pieces to achieve understated elegance. Choose wide trousers which will give your look an interesting edge and balance out the detailing up top. Complete your outfit with trusty dad trainers for casual Saturday shopping, or slip on a barely-there heel to lift your look and be date night ready.


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