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If you’re visiting Nashville or even a local like me, you probably have at least one pair of cowboy boots. In Nashville, cowboy boots are more of a fashion statement, and the crazier your boots look the better! If I’m being honest, I’ve owned cowboy boots but didn’t start wearing them until this past year. Seychelles, Dolce Vita, and Jeffrey Campbell released styles that turned this fashion lover’s heart into a puddle and I’ve been wearing these fun styles ever since. Even when I was in New York for fashion week a lot of the street style I saw were fun ways to style cowboy boots. So today, I thought I’d share with you a few tips on how to style your beloved cowboy boots for women.
How to Wear Cowboy Boots
Watch Your Denim Length
Jeans and boots are two classic things and they’re great when worn together! You can wear your jeans over or under your boots but beware of the denim length. Skinny jeans are always an obvious choice because they can be tucked in any boot and look great. Straight leg jeans might not fit over the boot and look bunchy when tucked in but would work with ankle boots. Cropped jeans are also a gamble because you don’t know how they’ll fall on the length of the boot. Wide flared-leg jeans might work as well if you’re not concerned about showing off your boots.
If you’re packing for a trip or planning an outfit, try your jeans on with your boots beforehand. Try several pairs and pick the cut jeans that make you feel the most confident and that look the best with your boots. You’ll find the right way after some trial and error.
Don’t Go Full Cowgirl If That’s Not Your Vibe
Yes, you’re wearing cowboy boots, but that doesn’t mean you have to go full cowgirl. Mix and match different styles and pieces. You could have leather boots or metallic or even velvet! You don’t have to wear denim, plaid, flannel, and fringe just because you have your boots on. I’ve styled boots with sundresses, skirts and a tee, shorts and a long sleeve floral bodysuit, a black mini dress, a slip dress, and more! Cowboy boots are a favorite of mine to throw on with an especially feminine or fancier dress. Boots can make anything look more casual and effortless.
Don’t Go Wild with Patterns and Colors
It takes a bold fashionista to rock cowboy boots and I salute you! But an easy way to mess up is to think it’s okay to wear patterned or over-the-top boots with an over-the-top outfit. Hear me out, if your boots are multi-colored and patterned, let the boots shine on their own. Pair a little black dress with your fabulous pattern or another neutral color (navy, brown, grey, beige, white, etc.) What’s the point of splurging on fab boots if your loud outfit doesn’t let them speak for themselves?! Also we want you to look fresh out of Vogue, not fresh out of the circus.
Now if your boots are plain neutral like black cowboy boots or brown, feel free to dress them up with a bright patterned dress or midi skirt! The whole idea is to compliment the boots
Dress It Up
While cowboy boots are seen as more casual shoes, dress them up! Throw on your oversized blazer and trench coat. Boots and suiting are such an unexpected pairing. Mix and match textures too if you have a neutral colored boot on! Add ruffles, silk, satin, velvet or leather for an elevated and polished finish that Vogue will want to copy. (Just don’t do sequins or fringe.)
Don’t Get too Country On Me
While I have paired my overalls with cowboy boots before, do as I say and not as I do. Don’t go for the obvious fashion choices like denim, florals, and too western. Grab an animal print or a sophisticated white button-up and blazer (very Ralph Lauren). Also, please don’t wear your cowboy boots with biker shorts or athleisure, it just doesn’t work.
Many designers from Fendi to Isabel Marant are designing western boots so don’t worry friend, you are definitely on-trend right now! The important thing is to make sure you’re comfortable and get the right size in your boots. Boots come in all sizes and widths so if you’re dropping a chunk of change, you can be picky about fit!
Yes, cowboy boots are still on trend and not going anywhere anytime soon.
100% yes! You need a protective barrier between you and the boots to absorb moisture and create a barrier to help with blisters.
Definitely size up. Socks can add up to 1/2 a size if they’re thick and you want the boots to be comfortable and not too tight.