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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 release styles that turned this fashion lover’s heart into a puddle and I’ve been wearing these fun styles ever since. So today, I thought I’d share with you a few tips on how to style your beloved cowboy boots.
How to Style Your 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. Cropped jeans are also a gamble because you don’t know how they’ll fall on the length of the boot. A 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 one that makes you feel the most confident and that looks the best with your boots.
Don’t Go Full Cowgirl
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 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
It takes a bold fashionista to rock cowboy boots and I salute you! But if your boots are multi-colored and patterned, let the boots shine on their own. Pair an all-black outfit 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.
Now if your boots are plain neutral like black or brown, feel free to dress them up with a bright patterned dress or skirt! The whole idea is to compliment the boots
Dress It Up
While cowboy boots are seen as more casual shoes, dress it up! Throw on your oversized blazer and trench coat. Boots and suiting are such an unexpected pairing. Mix and match textures too! 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 blzer (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 cowboy 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!