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As we embark on a new season, here comes the boot craze that really matters. Even though we can’t recall a time of not loving ankle-boots, because they’re pretty much perfect for every season, AND - you can never have too many. You don’t have to wait for fall and winter to wear the boots we'll be slippin' into next. Cowboy boots are arguably the most fun to dress and style with any outfit. With a variety of mid-length to over-the-knee cowboy boots on the market, expect to add some new boot arsenals to add on your list. While fashion on the street had us lurking in the jungle with suede and leopard patterns, boot-lovers out there can expect a more polished version compared to it’s rugged past.
The western style trend has virtually come into yee-haw effect from the streets becoming a must try for our fashion girls out there. From niche prairie style midi’s and puffy sleeve dresses to denim on denim overalls with a ruffle or two. All things “Western” for Autumn-Winter boots have updated to metallic glam, pops of colour and embossed leather focusing more on knee-high lengths.
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Alternatively, If you have invested in cowboy boots or western-style boots, we’re also here to talk about how stylishly you can wear them and how to dress knee-high western boots. As specific as cowboy boots are, it’s important to style your outfits that won’t create conflict with it’s overall aesthetic - because worn with too many bold western pieces together, it could look like Halloween came early. Perhaps, you’re just a fashion lover on the hunt for cool outfit ideas. Ankle boots will always be an essential item to own, but if you’re like me and have bought a pair, here are some key ideas to style cowboy boots and all things western to look out for. No horses required.
Glam Women's Cowboy Boots
Western-style is just about everywhere - the key ways to wear cowboy boots is under skirts and dresses in bright and fun ways. The over-the-knee boot is the perfect shoe accessory to pair with OTT tailoring. Coincidentally, I was a girl who owned over-the-knee suede boots and as quickly as ankle-grazing boots were at the time, knee-length boots always made it’s comeback. But now, in a glamorous way. While knee length cowboy boots are nothing new, expect to find them in colorful metallics, covered in sparkles, chains and embroidery - you name it. Women’s cowboy boots are here to steal the spotlight that makes them fancier than any shoe alive. Totally perfect as temps drop, western style riding boots have become a little less prep and more street style.
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Cowboy Boot Outfit Ideas
The tricky thing about styling Americana-inspired cowboy boots is choosing the right pieces to pair with them. You don’t want to look like you dressed in the dark. Dresses and boots are the perfect match as you’ve seen street style influencers like Alexa Chung outfitting them at gusto and honing their cowboy-boot styling skills. You’ve probably seen a girl in your office donning a pair.
There are many different styles and materials of women’s cowboy boots to choose from, making them a wearable accessory to style with an outfit that’s perfect for you. You can also embrace ultra-feminine dresses and don’t be afraid to mix and match with other trends like the puffy sleeve dress. If in doubt, pair your western cowboy boots with classic wardrobe items like your denim pieces with a white shirt. Making it understated in your clothing, ensures that your boots will always be the star of the show.
How To Style Western Cowboy Boots
The chicest cowboy boots have materialized themselves out of rodeo’s and music festivals, causing an updated look for the office. When we say “cowboy boots” don't be fooled in thinking of the traditional western style. There are countless incarnations that have made a modern update finding pairs perfect for a sophisticated boot for the office. The best bit? Countless office outfit options. Try the western style trend and style your western cowboy boot in an all black ensemble paired with a tailored blazer, the go-to-outfit for cooler weather ahead. When you style your cowboy boot avoid other OTT western-inspired pieces, instead wear with modern polished wardrobe additions like a slip dress, or an on-trend trench coat making them the perfect bootie for work or a night out on the town.
A modern iteration for the office are croc-embossed versions giving it a subtle exotic touch to an outfit. Even though offices these days carry a much more relaxed dress-code, always style cowboy boots “office appropriate” by pairing with a classic wardrobe staple. A structured blazer paired with your work dress and cowboy boots make them the perfect in-between weather look that has us slipping into this fall. For casual workwear, pair cowboy boots with an oversized boyfriend collared shirt dress with a trusty classic blazer thrown on top. A stylist's trick to elevate staple wardrobe items in your wardrobe is upgrading your shoes. Culture of habit? You bet.
Whether your personal style is classic, edgy or fashion forward, there will always be a chic boot to find on the market. We’ve discovered that the western style trend this season with cowboy boots is a style that is actually versatile to wear. Don’t be intimidated, wear your cowboy boots with dresses and skirts to fall into the Wild, Wild, West vibe. Trust us, these outfit ideas won’t be looking like you parked your horse around the corner.