How to Wear 2018’s Trickiest Trend

That doesn't require chaps or spurs

Words by Emma Tiernan
May 3rd, 2018

You may have noticed that this season is all about the return of the Western trend. Designers such as Versace, Chloé, Dior and Coach have all been inspired by the Wild West. And, of course, who can forget Calvin Klein’s campaign with the Kardashian klan modelling in both Calvin Klein underwear and western-inspired denim?

photo: Calvin Klein

The western trend can definitely be a tricky one to pull off. However, there are a few ways to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe this season without looking like you have walked off the set of Westworld. The easiest way to include this style into your wardrobe is, of course, one piece at a time.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on designer pieces either, because let’s be honest, will this trend stand the test of time? Nevertheless, the high street has caught onto this trend with all your favourites getting in on the action, meaning you can still have a little fun with this trend, without the designer price tag.

Cowboy boots are definitely the most popular way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe. The cowboy boot has stomped its way all over Instagram and it is not just worn to Coachella anymore. You can keep it simple with an all-black pair or go a bit more daring with the trend and rock some white or even red boots.

Lucy Williams in the Maryse ankle boots by Ganni
Maison Margiela at Net-a-Porter

If boots are not your thing, there are other ways to add a piece of western to your wardrobe such as a Rodeo style shirt or a fringe jacket. Keep it simple and pair it with a pair of straight legged jeans or an A-line skirt. What makes this trend tricky is finding a way of not looking like you are in fancy dress, but also intentional enough for people to realise you are wearing it on purpose and not just because western has been your go-to wardrobe since 1985.

Avoid wearing more than one piece of the trend at a time and make sure you modernize for a 2018 take on this notoriously tricky trend.

Floral and Spot Print Shirt by Topshop
Colourblock Western Shirt by Topshop

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