What Is Western Chic Attire?

Western chic is funky and fun-loving.

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Giddyup, cowgirl, in the latest Western chic trends. This funky little versatile style translates from a day out with the girls shopping to a hot and steamy night out dancing and having fun (perhaps your Western duds will inspire a ride on a mechanical bull). But before you can figure out how to incorporate Western chic into your personal wardrobe, you have to know what it is, so you can be sure to get this look right and avoid looking hokey or cliched.

What Is "Western Chic"

Western chic is characterized by simple pieces with a Western flair. It isn't hokey, but rather classic, the kind of pieces you may either already have in your wardrobe or staples that you probably need to add. Boot-cut jeans, button-down tops, simple T-shirts and frilly skirts are all part of the updated Western chic trend. Accessories lead the way in amping up the "chic" part of the look with chunky turquoise, requisite cowboy boots and belts with ornate buckles. The clothing may have a slightly rugged look to it, to give it that authentic, worn, cowboy flair.

What to Wear

Accomplish Western chic with an ankle-length cotton or denim skirt worn with a simple white T-shirt and your favorite straw hat. Add a statement necklace for flair and finish up with a pair of chocolate brown boots (cowboy or simple knee high leather) with a chunky heel. You can go even more casual with a pair of dark denim wash boot-cut jeans, matched up with a cropped denim jacket, simple white button down top and your most comfortable and worn pair of cowboy boots. Finish up with dazzling chunky turquoise jewelry and a fabulous belt. You can add some girlish style to your Western chic by subbing skinny jeans if you abhor boot-cut or a denim mini-skirt to add feminine flair to any one of these looks.

What NOT to Wear

Western chic doesn't mean sloppy, so your old jeans with tears at the knees probably won't work well with this trend. In fact, it's sort of the opposite, since Western chic is more about a clean appearance. The best way to think about it is an updated version of fashion Americana, subbing skinny or boot-cut jeans for boring straight leg and non-figure flattering options, for example. Also, don't be hokey about it; an elaborate dress shirt with fringe around the shoulders is not Western chic; in fact, there is nothing fabulous about this garment at all unless you are headed to a Western-themed Halloween party.

Additional Style Considerations

You don't have to go all out to incorporate this trend. You can mix it up when you're headed to the office, by adding a bandana-themed scarf to a simple red or blue shirt and skirt combo. Perhaps you are dressed in basic black skinny jeans and a black T-shirt and want to add just a bit of Western chic with your cowboy boots or elaborate belt with a jazzy buckle.

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