Trend Tutorial: Modern Western

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by Nica Dobles from THREAD PH

It’s the wild, wild best.

Calvin Klein made a splash last season with color blocked shirts and cowboy boots; with labels like Isabel Marant, Coach, and Chloé jumping in on the trend in their Fall 2018 collections, the Western aesthetic is having a moment.

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If you’re worried about it being too costume-y, 2018’s take on the cowboy movies of the ’50s and ’60s adds modern silhouettes, luxe textures, and playful details. Still iffy? To make it easy for you, we’ve outlined three easy outfit formulas to pull off cowboy chic.

Leather + Fringe

                                                             MANGO Fringed Jacket

                                                           MANGO Fringed Jacket

Fringe is a Western staple, but it can look a little tacky if you’re not careful. Pairing it with leather keeps it clean and modern, with the contrast in textures adding a futuristic twist. For an extra-sleek silhouette, go with a monochrome look.

 

Modern Yoke Front + Tan

                                                   ESPRIT Woven Long Sleeve Blouse

                                                 ESPRIT Woven Long Sleeve Blouse

The Western shirt is iconic for its pointed collar, stylized yoke, and colorblocking details. This season gives the piece a major style upgrade with feminine details like ruffles and embroidery, making it very chic. You’ll even see the shirt translated to other pieces like jackets and dresses. Match with something tan to maintain the rodeo look— bonus if it’s leather.

 

High Hemlines + Boots

                                               TOPSHOP Shirred Waist Flower Playsuit

                                             TOPSHOP Shirred Waist Flower Playsuit

Whether you go with the traditional cowboy style or a more versatile pair of brown leather boots, keep the look feasible for summer by wearing it with something short. A flowy romper is season-appropriate, and adds a hint of boho chic. Top off with a sleeveless vest for the ultimate modern cowboy look.

 

Finish The Look: Saddle Bags

                                                                FIORELLI Saddle Bag

                                                              FIORELLI Saddle Bag

Even if you don’t try the outfit ideas above, saddle bags are an easy and stylish way to incorporate the trend into your OOTD. They’re the perfect size to bring around your essentials, and current designs add fun details like color blocking and embroidery for a bag that’s the perfect amount of retro-chic.

 

Will you be rocking the Western trend? Let us know how you’re updating it for 2018 in the comments section! For more on the latest fashion trends, keep up with THREAD, or head on over to ZALORA Malaysia to shop the latest arrivals.