HOW TO WEAR: WESTERNWEAR
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 30 July 2018
From 90s Britpop steez to workwear two-pieces, the AW18 menswear season offered up some serious trends. But what really got the fashionable lot talking was the emergence of westernwear. Spotted at the likes of DSquared2, Palm Angels and Haider Ackermann, cowboy shirts, excessive hardware and suede boots are set to be big. So, to get in on the aesthetic early, here’s how to style the trend.
When you think of western style tropes, a belt with an ostentatious buckle instantly comes to mind. To try out the accessory, team it with fresh spring-ready cuts for a laid-back, up-to-date take on cowboy style.
Wear your belt with a pair of stone-coloured skater jeans to show you’re clued up when it comes to this season’s aesthetic. On your top half, go for a chilled graphic-print tee and finish off your getup with some snake-print sneaks in the same hue as your pants to keep your look understated.
If you’re after a more eccentric footwear choice, trade in your lace-ups and Chelsea boots for a pair of cowboy boots. Often available in high-quality leather or slick suede, the standout hardware that’s a defining feature of this type of shoe will ensure that you stride into spring in style.
As they make quite the statement on their own, it’s important to consider what you choose to match them with. Velour is generating a lot of hype at the moment, so team your boots with joggers made from the stuff; go for a pair in a deep shade in order to not overdo it down low. Up top, rock a retro open-collared shirt with a heritage check coat to give your ’fit a grandadcore edge.
Another fabric that’s worth adding to your new-season wardrobe is velvet. So, if you want your cowboy shirt to stand out but don't fancy wearing a bolo tie or metal collar tips, go for one made out of the material, as seen here.
Velvet is a pretty pronounced fabric, so select a dark-coloured shirt and wear it with a pair of indigo skater jeans to tone down your look. On foot, opt for brightly coloured kicks to prevent your outfit from appearing too uniform.