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, cowboy, or Texas chic attire has made a name for itself in the party-planning world. The question is, what should you wear when the invitation calls for a little western flair?
How to Dress Western - The Best Cowboy Chic Attire for You
Western Chic for Her
Ladies first! Depending on the destination and event time, you can go two routes – classic or rustic.
Women’s Western Chic Cowboy Boots
Let’s start with the boots. For a classier affair, exotic cowboy boots are always more formal than your plain jane smooth leather options. Try caiman crocodile, full-quill ostrich or lizard cowgirl boots 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 some classic cowboy boots in traditional goat or calf leather, or a fun fashion boot with embroidery or studs.
Cowboy Chic Attire for Women
Next up, when choosing an outfit – classic or rustic – there are three main elements of women’s western wear to consider that can take you from everyday 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 a formal western chic 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 dress 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 chic 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, western jewelry is a must, especially turquoise accessories,jewelry, belts, or 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 an average Joe into a true gentleman cowboy.
Men’s Western Chic Cowboy Boots
For a more formal occasion, exotic cowboy boots are the way to go. American alligator, caiman crocodile or full-quill ostrich cowboy boots for men 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 casual boot style that looks good with your old blue jeans. Try a lighter color pair of classic cowboy boots in a smooth leather like goat or calf.
Cowboy Chic Attire for Men
Other than cowboy boots, there are a few more essential components of chic western wear for men.
First, we have western men’s sport coats. What makes them western you ask? As far as quality and fit, they're not much different than what you might find at your local men’s shop, but a western chic 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 Scully leather jacket.
Next up, the shirt. There’s two ways to go here. For a more traditional look, shop for premium men’s western shirts like our private label collection available in solids, stripes and checks. If this is more of a “tucked-out” kind of shindig, check out Ryan Michael western shirts. And we can’t let the shirt section go without mentioning Scully western shirts…perfect for those who really want to go western.
Lastly, there are cufflinks, bolo ties, and belt buckles for men. 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.
Let Pinto Ranch Help You Dress Western Chic!
If you’re still feeling stumped, give us a call for personal shopping over the phone, or visit one of our western stores near you for a little one-on-one styling. In the end, dressing western chic is all about expressing your style while incorporating one of these classic cowboy looks. We’d love to see what you come up with! Share you look on Instagram with #pintoranch.