No matter the place, western themed events are becoming more and more popular. From ranch weddings to Boots and Bling or Denim and Diamonds galas, western chic or Texas chic attire has made a name for itself in the party-planning world. The question is, what to wear when the invitation calls for something with a little western flair?
Western Chic for Her
Ladies first! Depending on the destination and event time, you can go two routes – classic or rustic.
Let’s start with the boots. For a classier affair, an exotic cowboy boot is always more formal than your plain jane smooth leather options. Try a caiman crocodile, full-quill ostrich or lizard in glossy black. If you’re more of glam gal, go for the crystals. Old Gringo makes fabulous boots embellished with Swarovski crystals that will shine all night long.
Looking to go more casual? We recommend a traditional cowboy style in goat or calf leather or a fun fashion boot with embroidery or studs.
Next up, when choosing an outfit – classic or rustic – there are three main western style elements to consider that can take you from everyday chic to western chic.
- Embroidery in floral or Southwestern patterns, in colorful or tonal thread, is a beautiful accent that never goes out of style in the world of western fashion. One of our favorite designers, Vintage Collection, creates embroidered styles in classic silhouettes that are perfect for that more formal western-themed gathering. In dresses, tunics, skirts, and tops, you’ll find unique embroidery patterns in every color of the rainbow.
- Fringe is another style staple that always has a place in western fashion and has recently made a comeback on the mainstream runways. A great way to wear this trend is with a suede fringe skirt by Scully. This style comes in multiple colors that can match your black or brown boots. We also love Scully’s fringe maxi coat – for a western soiree in cooler temps, this piece is a no-brainer. If traditional fringe isn’t what you have in mind, try the silk Gigi Ruffle Dress. This versatile number looks great on just about anyone and comes in a variety of colors.
- Last, but not least, turquoise accessories in any form – jewelry, belts, and handbags. The blue-green hue adds a pop of color and a western element to any get-up.
Western Chic for Him
Now for the fellas. Westernizing an outfit for the guys can be as easy as throwing on a pair of boots. But let’s not get lazy. There are so many cool western style elements that turn a regular Joe into a true gentleman cowboy.
For a more formal occasion, an exotic cowboy boot is the way to go. American alligator, caiman crocodile or full-quill ostrich will take your look to the next level. If exotics are not your thing, a smooth leather boot in a dark color like black, black cherry or chocolate will do the trick.
If the event is more rugged than fancy, go for a causal boot style that looks good with your old blue jeans. Try a lighter color pair in a smooth leather like goat or calf.
Other than cowboy boots, there are a few more essentials to get your look western-ready.
- First, we have a western sport coat. What makes it western you ask? As far as quality and fit there is not much difference than what you find at your local men’s shop, but a western sport coat has scalloped pockets and a pointed western yoke in the back. We offer both wool and microfiber styles that can be paired with dress slacks or jeans. If leather is more your thing, try a genuine leather blazer by Scully.
- Next up, the shirt. There’s two ways to go here. For a more traditional dress look, choose a premium western button-down like our private label collection available in solids, stripes and checks. If this is more of a “tucked-out” kind of shindig, go with a modern western snap shirt by Ryan Michael. Alas we can’t let the shirt section go without mentioning our friend Scully… their vintage Gunfighter Snap Shirt is a must for those who really want to go western.
- Last, Buckles, Bolos and Cufflinks. Choose one or all, but most of all accessorize! Sterling silver buckles aren’t just for rodeo cowboys. From simple dress buckle sets to a full-on trophy buckle, there is something for every type of guy in our buckle collection. Next, a bolo tie is a true western statement. Today you’ll see hipsters sporting this style over their t-shirts, but a genuine sterling silver bolo tie can be the piece that ties your entire look together (literally). And finally, don’t miss the fine details with a pair of cufflinks. You can go with a classic Dime Star (our best-seller) or make a statement something more unique like Skulls, Arrowheads or Boots.
If you’re still feeling stumped, give us a call for personal shopping over the phone or visit one of our store locations for a little one-on-one western styling. In the end, western dressing is all about expressing your style while incorporating one of these classic western looks. We’d love to see what you come up with! Share you look on Instagram with #pintoranch.