The thing with the Western trend is that it takes a delicate touch to pull it off. You don’t want to wear the look from head to toe, lest people think you’ve run away from the set of Bonanza. We recommend incorporating just one or two elements at a time—like turquoise jewelry and a peasant blouse—to keep your look grounded firmly in modern times. Take it from us it’s all about the mix. Adding a little bit of a Western vibe into your most basic fall and spring outfits (think jeans and sandals and pretty white dresses) is an easy way to look trendy without going overboard.
Ahead, we’ve shopped out six essential elements of the new way to wear Western, from suede to fringe, classic cowboy boots and more. If you ask us, the most essential piece of Western wear is, of course, denim. This season, a button-front or to-the-knee denim skirt is the most versatile update and will work for a city, suburban and off-the-grid dressing alike. (It doesn’t have to feel Western all the time.) Pair yours with a cozy sweater and tights this winter, and a wide brim felt hat for a truly Western reference.