How to Style the Western-Inspired Aesthetic for Fall

Embrace your inner cowgirl.

How to Style the Western-Inspired Aesthetic for Fall
Here’s how to wear the Western-inspired trend this fall. Emma Burleigh for Observer

Western-inspired fashion is nothing new, but there’s no denying that the trend has experienced a major resurgence as of late. The western aesthetic is absolutely everywhere, with cowboy boots, fringe jackets, prairie dresses and a whole lot of plaid spotted on runways and magazine covers, as well as all over Instagram and TikTok feeds, with plenty of street style moments. It makes sense that the look has become so widespread, since it’s a complementary offshoot of two other viral trends—namely, the horse girl aesthetic, with its penchant for ruffled white button-downs and all things denim and suede, and the cottagecore look, with its whimsical paisley prints and floral house dresses.

While Western-inspired fashion is plenty relevant in summer fashion, it’s perhaps even more fitting for fall, with all those suede coats, felt hats, leather boots and shackets. Sporting a full-on cowgirl look might feel like a tad much (that is, unless you’re into the idea of cowboy boots, a Stetson hat and a fringe jacket all at once, in which case: more power to you!), but you can still incorporate a bit of Western flair into your everyday wardrobe in a way that feels natural, and doesn’t leave you with an ensemble more suited for an early aughts Coachella moment.

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Accessorizing with an on-trend pair of cowboy boots instantly adds an Americana-inspired touch to your outfit, but a classic leather boot isn’t the only way to wear the style—a suede cowboy boot is softer way to try the trend, though you could also try an unexpected, brightly-colored pair. You can also switch up your outerwear to try the Western vibe, whether it’s with a suede fringed jacket or a cozy plaid shacket.

Fans of the cottagecore aesthetic will be pleased to note that your go-to prairie dress is stylish feminine option, especially when you add a pair of Western-inspired boots (a wood-soled suede shoe is an elegant alternative to cowboy boots), as is a flowy skirt, particularly if there’s any paisley involved. Denim is another easy way to try the look; think a timeless pair of straight-leg, blue jean pants, a chambray button-down or a Y2K-influenced denim midi skirt, though you could always go all out in a denim jumpsuit. Below, shop the essential pieces to achieve the Western-inspired trend right now.

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  • Karen Millen.

    Karen Millen Suede Eyelet Tassel Cropped Jacket

    A suede fringed jacket is one of those pieces that immediately adds a Western-inspired edge to any outfit, and we love that the unexpected Bordeaux hue of this slightly cropped version.

    $544, Shop Now
  • Outerknown.

    Outerknown Blanket Shirt Dress

    You can’t talk about Western fashion without acknowledging all things plaid, and while a button-down shirt is perhaps the most obvious way to include the cowboy-esque print in your wardrobe, consider switching it up with a comfy plaid minidress…which also happens to double as a long shirt.

    $168, Shop Now
  • Joe's Jeans.

    Joe's Jeans Maxine Skirt

    Longer denim skirts are making a serious comeback right now (just take a peek at Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid’s recent takes on the early aughts favorite), so embrace your inner cowgirl with this blue jean midi.

    $228, Shop Now
  • Ba&sh.

    Ba&sh Claurys Boots

    For a more subdued take on the traditional cowboy boot, try these brown suede shoes from French girl favorite Ba&sh—you can pair them with a breezy cottagecore frock or anything denim.

    $460, Shop Now
  • Hat Attack.

    Hat Attack Amelia

    If you’re not quite ready to go full cowboy with a true Stetson, test out the look with this ultra-wearable brown felt chapeau.

    $152, Shop Now
  • Couper.

    Couper Celia B Koussi Dress

    A high-necked, lace-trimmed ruffled mini adds a feminine, whimsical note to the Western aesthetic.

    $330, Shop Now
  • DL1961.

    DL1961 Holloway Jumpsuit

    Crisp jeans or a denim skirt are cute and all, but why not go all out with a stylish jumpsuit?

    $329, Shop Now
  • Saint Laurent.

    Saint Laurent Grace Fringed Shoulder Bag

    Test out the fringed look with this timeless suede Saint Laurent purse.

    $2,350, Shop Now
  • Mirth.

    Mirth Montrose Short Dress

    The stitching on this long-sleeved floral minidress is reminiscent of the classic cowboy shirt, but with a decidedly feminine twist.

    $228, Shop Now
  • Ancient Greek Sandals.

    Ancient Greek Sandals Classic Closed Clogs

    Clogs are having a moment right now, so give these suede shoes, complete with cowboy-approved gold stud accents, a go for fall.

    $515, Shop Now
  • Untuckit.

    Untuckit Cotton Western Kaitlin Shirt

    This comfy cream-colored Western-inspired shirt is a great seasonless staple.

    $88, Shop Now
  • Noize.

    Noize Raelynn Short Vegan Leather Coat

    For a cruelty-free shearling look, check out this vegan leather-and-sherpa coat, which would look adorable with straight-legged jeans and cowboy boots.

    $200, Shop Now
  • Ciao Lucia.

    Ciao Lucia Coretta Dress

    This pretty brown midi dress is a stylish twist on rodeowear.

    $425, Shop Now
  • Abercrombie.

    Abercrombie Vegan Suede Mini Skort

    Pair this soft, vegan suede skirt with a plaid button-down or a crisp white oxford.

    $60, Shop Now
  • Rouje.

    Rouje Yasna Top

    This cowgirl-meets-French girl collared blouse is so chic.

    $195, Shop Now
  • Miaou.

    Miaou Lou Pants

    What’s more cowgirl than a literal cow print? We we love that you can style these pants with everything from a simple tee to a full-on Western jacket getup.

    $265, Shop Now
  • Saint Laurent.

    Saint Laurent Western Buckle Leather Belt

    Saint Laurent’s Western-inspired belt has a more subdued buckle than some of the rather ornate options out there, so you can wear it as more of an everyday piece, or dress it up.

    $425, Shop Now
  • Overland.

    Overland Teton Crushable Wool Cowboy Hat

    A classic wool cowboy hat in on-trend olive green is more wearable than you’d think.

    $89, Shop Now
  • Wildfox.

    Wildfox Adobe Fringe Cardigan

    This cozy knit cardigan has it all—fringe detailing, earth tones and a Southwestern-inspired print.

    $120, Shop Now
How to Style the Western-Inspired Aesthetic for Fall