If you have been following our series on styling for cowgirl chic and loved the first two installments, we are sure this third and last part of the series will be a must read. Today, we tackle two more materials often found in ladies' western fashions: silver and silk.
Both of these materials have a long tradition in human history. They have been valued highly from the earliest cultures on, and many legends have been spun about the origins of both. From the story about a Chinese princess' cup of tea and the silk worm to the legend of Chief Namekagon's lost silver mine, different cultures and peoples have been fascinated by and enamored with these two materials.
So, how can you combine silver and silk in a fashion forward statement of cowgirl chic? Of course, wearing Native American silver jewelry is always in style, but we will show you some other ways you can bring silver and silk into your western wardrobe.
1. Silk and lace blouse by Scully; 2. Gianbattista Valli floral print silk chiffon maxi skirt; 3. Torin hat from Bailey Western; 4. Double heart belt buckle by Montana Silversmiths; 5. Navajo concho belt by Peter Nelson; 6. Silk paisley wild rag from Cattle Kate; 7. Silver wire knitted bracelet by hART Sense Design.
SILVER: Metal and Color - If you are trying to incorporate silver into your western style outfit, you are not limited only to silver the metal. Think also about including silvery shades of gray as part of your apparel and footwear. Many boot companies these days are branching out into creating designs in less traditional colors, such as the gorgeous silver Chandelier Boots by Rocketbuster in the image to the left. Also, consider a soft gray hat, gray silk tunic, or a silver colored prairie skirt.
When it comes to silver the metal, there are several options here as well. If your budget does not stretch enough to allow you to wear exclusively sterling silver jewelry, consider more affordable options such as silver plated pieces, or even silver tone ones (usually made from nickel silver or even aluminum). If you do have plenty of room in your budget but don't want to deal with tarnishing usually associated with sterling silver, try Argentium silver - an alloy of silver and germanium which is touted as "non-tarnishing" silver. Argentium silver does tarnish with time and exposure to elements, but it does so at a much slower rate than sterling silver. In addition, color of the tarnish on Argentium silver is not much darker than the metal itself, which makes it almost imperceptible.
SILK - Possibilities for incorporating silk into your western style wardrobe are virtually limitless. From classic western shirts made of silk charmeuse fabric, like the one by Ralph Lauren in our image, over silk vests, blouses, skirts to silk dresses - you can pick and choose the items that best suit your style. If you are worried about your silk garments being overly thin and see-through, try those made of silk velvet, like the short dress by Double D Ranch in the image on the bottom right. Not enough money in your budget for silk garments? Then by all means, splurge on a great silk wild rag, preferably with paisley design. They come in a wide variety of colors, and will definitely add that special something to your western style outfit. Try combining silk accents with more rugged materials such as denim and leather. Contrast between softness and shimmer of silk and hard-working ruggedness of those materials will work wonders for expressing your untamed western spirit.
This was the last part of our 3-part series on styling for cowgirl chic. If you have missed the previous two installments, you can find them here: Part 1 - Leather & Copper, and Part 2 - Turquoise & Lace. For more useful cowgirl style tips follow our Pinterest board.
What are your favorite western style materials? Do you have any styling tips to share? Please post in the comments below.
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