HOW TO WEAR: LAID-BACK WESTERNWEAR
By Lakeisha Goedluck, September 23, 2018
Alongside the rise of emergency orange and the ubiquity of the '90s Britpop aesthetic, westernwear was all over the FW18 catwalks. From Palm Angels to Haider Ackermann, style tropes from the Deep South came in strong. To get on board with the trend, here are some subtle ways to master it ahead of the new season...
When it comes to channeling the westernwear style in a less in-your-face fashion, it’s all about dissecting the key pieces and remixing them with items from your everyday arsenal. To add a touch of western flavor to your look, jump on the hype for snakeskin by going for a pair of slim-fit pants in the print.
To help the pattern on your pants stand out, go for simple cuts throughout the rest of your outfit. A graphic-print tee, short-sleeved shirt, shades and classic Nike Cortez should do the trick. Oh, and don’t forget that all-important western-inspired belt.
A key hallmark of the western look is the statement-print shirt. Opt for a long-sleeved option in a classic Aztec pattern to amp up your ensemble.
As for the rest of your ’fit, a jade green T-shirt and white raw-hem jeans ensure no attention is averted away from that shirt of yours. Sleek black loafers with long gray socks shift your get-up into smart-casual territory.
If you’re game to take the trend to the next level, try combining as many prints as possible. Start off with a printed shirt and layer up with an Aztec-patterned cardigan in fall colors.
Pop a camel-colored bucket hat on and choose a pair of shorts in a light cream shade (swap these out for slim-fit chinos if the weather is on the chillier side). The ever-popular sandals-and-socks combo will add an edge to your look, then throw in a two-tone backpack for a utilitarian finish.