If the spring runway shows were any indication — with their parade of bolo ties, bandanas, fringe, big buckles, extreme button-ups, and yay-high cowboy boots — fashion is decidedly journeying into the Wild Wild West this season. Yep, it’s true: The Western trend is back, but this time, it’s more refined than it’s ever been.
Although some may argue that rodeo-inspired looks have always dominated music festivals, this season is all about adapting that cowgirl aesthetic to the streets. Fashion girls are seeking a more utilitarian and structured approach to modest dressing for the upcoming months, and luckily, there are myriad ways to giddy up in a cool, contemporary way.
For starters, we’re taking cues from leather accessories purveyor Frye. The heritage brand has pointed booties accented with silver hardware, luxe desert-toned bags, studded strap heels that are anything but dainty, and way more. Wrangle in these tough wares, and rock them with your favorite denim-on-denim ensemble or frilly prairie dress. You’ll be well on your way — westward, naturally.
An ankle mule with (nine!) silver conchos and a tuft of side fringe makes for a bolder take on the Western look.
Frye, $558, available at Frye
Take the ankle bootie up a notch with crisscrossed double buckles and intricately designed studs. Show ’em off with a pair of flowy culottes or rolled-up jeans.
Frye, $398, available at Frye
It’s the bag that can do both. Sling the strap over your shoulder like you would with a roomy, go-anywhere purse, or simply remove the strap, and consider it a clutch.
Frye, $198, available at Frye
Belt it like you mean it with a statement accessory that doubles up on the silver accoutrements.
Frye, $98, available at Frye
These calf-skimming Chelsea boots are perfect for anyone interested in flirting with a higher-rise version of the basic ankle bootie.
Frye, $358, available at Frye
It’s a fact that two ankle straps are better than one. Luckily, a hidden back zipper makes this buckled and studded sandal easy to get on and off.
Frye, $278, available at Frye
Imagine this ultra-luxe, cowboy-inspired boot — which, BTW, is made of buttery Italian leather — paired with all the flowy sundresses in your closet. Consider it your latest warm-weather uniform.
Frye, $548, available at Frye
For those who prefer slip-on footwear, take a gander at these belted mules. A pointy-toe shape lets you put a sassy foot forward while a chunky block heel keeps …read more