Last month, we started our series on styling for cowgirl chic with tips on how to combine leather and copper to achieve a chic Western look. Today, we are adding two new materials that are often found in Western style, cowgirl chic outfits: turquoise and lace.
Lace has been a part of human tradition for many centuries. Used for women's garments, accessories, bed linens, and home decor, it seems like lace never really went out of fashion. This year, lace has even made it to the status of a trend. As for turquoise, apart from its permanent place in Native American tradition, popularity of turquoise has been waxing and waning over time to boldly come back in American West inspired collections of most major fashion designers this fall.
So, how can you combine these two latest trends into a timeless cowgirl chic style?
1.- Boot cut lace pocket jeans by Miss Me; 2.- Native Earth necklace by hART Sense Design; 3.- Lace and chambray shirt by Burda Style; 4.- Leather & lace boot bracelets by feathers2gether; 5.- Chickwish cutout satchel bag; 6.- Adorn by Sarah Lewis large filigree turquoise ring; 7.- Turquoise blue Cortez boots by Corral; 8.- Double D Saqui concho belt; 9.- Princess Jasmine cowgirl hat; 10.- Lace corset by Kis Kissay.
1. TURQUOISE: GEMSTONE & COLOR - When incorporating turquoise into your cowgirl chic style, you are not limited only to turquoise the gem. Although it should be prominent in your jewelry and to a smaller extent in accessories such as belt buckles, natural turquoise gemstone is not well suited for any other uses due to its softness and porousness. However, you can compensate by including turquoise colored items into your outfit. Turquoise colored leather boots are a good option, as are turquoise colored garments, bags, and other accessories. The trick is not to overdo it with this bright color. One accent piece or a couple of smaller ones would be quite enough.
2. LACE - Lacy, feminine garments combined with rougher textures such as denim and leather make up a staple of successful cowgirl chic style. Cowgirls are tough on the outside yet tender-hearted, and you would want to bring that dichotomy into your outward style as well. You will never go wrong by combining lace skirts, dresses, blouses, and corsets with leather jackets and boots, jeans, and denim shirts. Lacy textures can be used to give an element of the unexpected to belt buckles, bags, and even boots. One thing to remember is to avoid wearing too many lacy items all at once, or you will risk turning your would-be cowgirl outfit into something more suitable for a fairy tale character.
This was Part 2 of our 3-part Guide to Styling for Cowgirl Chic. Part 1 is available for viewing here http://www.hartsd.com/blog/how-to-style-for-cowgirl-chic-part-1-leather-copper, and Part 3 will be coming out soon. For a sneak peek into what the remaining part will be addressing, take a look here http://www.hartsd.com/blog/how-to-style-for-cowgirl-chic-free-guide.
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