The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume

October 9, 2017


Photo by Misael Nevarez on Unsplash

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I adore western fashion. And I showcase this love every week by participating in #westernwednesday where I wear, yep you guessed it, western inspired clothing on Wednesday’s.

This season it appears that designers have caught on to my love of western fashion and themes of the Wild West are everywhere in the fall collections. Embroidery, fringe, suede, leather, studded details, ponchos, dusters, cowgirl hats, and of course, cowgirl boots, western clothing usually consists of statement pieces. It’s a style that is not for the timid gal.

This brought up a reader question:

“How can you do a western look without buying items that are going to be out of style in one season?

If you don’t want to date your outfits, and you want to make sure that what you buy can last beyond 1 season, then you have to consider how you will wear your new pieces. The secret to pulling off a western trend without looking like you’re wearing a costume is two-fold.

  1. Wear only 1 statement piece
  2. Pair the statement piece with subtle supporting acts

For example, in the photo at the top of this post, the model is wearing a cowgirl boot (statement piece) paired with a graphic printed t-shirt and skinny jeans (supporting acts). This outfit is on trend right now, and would look just as good 5 years from now because at the core of this look it’s just a t-shirt, boots, and jeans.

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Here’s another example. In this outfit from, the embroidered suede top (statement piece) is paired with fringe block heeled boots and a classic denim skirt (supporting acts). Once again this outfit is on trend, but it will also look good 5 years from now because at the core of this look it’s simply a nice top, denim skirt, and boots.

Trends move very quickly in the fashion industry. It’s part of what makes fashion fun! But it can also wreck havoc on your wardrobe. When you want to add a trend to your closet, but make it last, considering buying 1 statement piece at a time and pair it with classic supporting acts. This not only let’s the item shine, but it also keeps you from buying too many on trend items and quickly dating your wardrobe.

How do you make your trendy pieces last beyond 1 season?




  1. Hi Lisa. I agree that one should incorporate trends slowly and with intent. The idea of wearing a single statement piece with supporting acts is great advice.

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