Not everyone loves contemporary fashion. Some of us prefer to be dressed in a vintage way and rock the country style. When it comes to the looks of the past, country has enduring popularity. Celebrities like Taylor Swift and TV shows like Westworld have shown the public just how cool and feminine country style can be. This vintage style has even a special influence over high fashion. Michael Kors is just one of the latest designer names to fall in love and be inspired by country attire.
Although it originated in the Wild West, the iconic country style is right at home in the rugged and hot Australian environment. Plus, it also perfectly fits the uniquely fun and adventurous side that every Aussie girl has, don’t you agree? So, if you like the rugged yet classy appeal of country attire, here are some tips to help you pull it off.
Denim Is Your Friend
As far as fabrics go, nothing looks more country than denim does. Denim is hard-wearing and UV-resistant, and as such has always dominated traditional country wear. But denim is also a common part of contemporary style, so when wearing country-inspired denim clothing, you have a wonderful merge of the traditional and the new. From denim jackets and vests to jeans, skirts and shorts – there are plenty of ways to add denim to your outfit.
What’s more, dark denim can also look slimming and elongating, which makes it every girl’s best friend. To make the most of this effect, consider tucking a pair of dark skinny jeans into sleek black cowboy boots and see how your legs instantly elongate and you look much slimmer around the hips. But perhaps best of all – denim clothes are the perfect staple piece of a country-inspired outfit as they can be combined with almost every other clothing piece. For instance, you can give a simple floral summer dress a country vibe by matching it with a denim jacket or vest.
A Plaid Shirt for an Urban Country Vibe
Plaid shirts are one of the most recognizable elements of country wear. When you want to create an everyday country outfit that also has an urban vibe, a plaid shirt is the perfect element to centre your outfit around. Just by simply pairing it with denim jeans or a skirt, a plaid shirt gives you a modern country vibe. Plus, this ensemble also has a rocker-chick, edgy appeal. One of the chicest ways to rock a plaid shirt is to wear it unbuttoned over a simple white or black T-shirt and paired with jeans or black leather pants. But when wearing it with bell-bottom jeans, it looks best when tied around your waist or tucked in for definition.
Get Your Boots On
If there’s one piece that can label any outfit as country – it’s cowboy boots. While cowboy boots can go with almost any clothing piece, they seem to nail the country vibe best when paired with denim or a floral dress. When wearing cowboy boots with jeans, you can complete the look with any top you want – from a simple white T-shirt to a pullover sweater or a cute poncho for a lovely bohemian element.
Cowboy boots are available in a variety of styles. If you prefer a flashier look, you can find some dramatic pointy-toed leather boots with eye-catching embellishments such as beads, sparkles and similar details. Whereas, if you’re more into the casual and laid-back country vibe – there are square-toed varieties that are easy to match with all sorts of clothes and comfy to wear too. You can also find some elegant, classic cowboy boots that can perfectly go with more minimalist and sophisticated pieces, such as a little black dress.
Don’t Forget to Accessorize
The secret to accessorizing a country outfit is to put on at least one of the following: a cowboy hat or an Akubra, a scarf or a bandana tied around your neck, a western-style belt, a tasselled shoulder bag, some chunky jewellery or a bolo tie. When choosing a bandanna or a scarf to put around your neck, first consider the top you plan to wear. If it’s monochromatic, you can add a cute accent with a plaid bandanna that matches its colour. However, if the top itself is plaid, embroidered or has some other detail, going for a monochromatic bandanna or scarf will look best.
When it comes to belts, you want to pick one a big, flashy buckle that is adorned with some sort of Western motif. When it comes to handbags, leather designs that feature tassels or statement buckles work best for a country outfit. If you’re not a fan of genuine leather, you can always choose synthetic options which are also a lot more affordable. Bags with animal prints are also a popular option for accessorising a country outfit. As for jewellery, to give your look a genuine country vibe, consider wearing over-sized pieces like hoop earrings or bulky necklaces.