STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Western Edge

Style Advice of the Week

Anyone else overloaded by the pastel frenzy taking over every spring trend breakdown? Frankly, there are only so many candy-colored crop tops and skater skirts I can take.

Now, before you start shaking your head and muttering, “All black…tell me something I don’t know”, let’s look at why this is such a perennial trend. Well, it’s all in the details. All black can be reinterpreted to be minimalist, grunge and even western, as evidenced by this Fashionista. Upon first glance, you may not see anything overtly western, but take a look at the details. Her button-down has killer shoulder detailing, and her silver jewelry adds definite western flair. See, western inspired doesn’t mean you have to look like you just left the rodeo.

Add a conch belt or a pair of silver statement earrings like this Fashionista does, and you’re doing what fashion does best: reinterpreting. The clash of two, or three often seemingly opposite (leather & lace, anyone?) inspirations is what makes fashion dynamite. Here, grunge and western come together like they were always meant to be soul mates.

Let’s talk about that grunge element. I resolved to start wearing bold lipstick after I chopped my hair off and went blonde (Can you tell I was craving a new look?). I made certain one of my first new acquisitions was a deep aubergine shade. It adds instant edge and is also surprisingly easy to wear. Splurge on Tom Ford’s Bruised Plum, or count on MAC for a more wallet-friendly option, Media.

Chanel brought western back in a big way for its pre-fall 2014 fashion show, itself an amalgamation of prairie-girl, military and Native American inspirations. And, it provides perfect supporting evidence to the fact that cowboy boots or a five gallon hat aren’t the only way to add a little western flavor to your wardrobe. Whether you choose to throw on miles of fringe or just pick out some new silver earrings, be sure to have fun with it darlin’.

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