The Western trend is nothing new. It’s been meandering in the fashion industry the last several years, but it’s become apparent from recent runway shows that we are in a full-blown ’80s Western trend revival.
I feel your hesitation. I echo your hesitation. I’m all for having fun getting dressed, but going full on Little House on the Prairie has just never been on my style wishlist. It wasn’t until I noticed I was falling for the details of Western wear that I realized there are ways to subtly wear these styles—and that I already have quite a few pieces in my wardrobe that work.
Trends aren’t necessarily meant to be taken literally and worn as they are on the runway. They can inspire and influence a style that you may not have otherwise given a chance. If you’re a bit hesitant to try the Western trend, read on for five easy ways to subtly incorporate it into your wardrobe.
Accessories are great way to test the waters of a new trend. Give a touch of Western flare to a neutral outfit with silver buckles, saddle bags, turquoise accents, or a horn necklace like the one Lucy is wearing.
2. On Your Feet
Perhaps one of the most obvious ways to try this trend is to rock a pair of cowboy-inspired boots. Go bold with fringe or buckles or understated with subtle stitch detailing. Fall is the perfect time to show off a pair of statement boots in a midi/maxi dress or cropped denim.
3. Maxi Shirt Dress
Speaking of dresses, midi and maxi dresses have been trending all year, so I know you have one in your closet. Cinch your dress with a silver buckle belt at the waist, add your favorite booties, and you’ll add a subtle Western vibe to your fall uniform.
4. Top It Off
You’ll nary see a cowboy without his hat! For the chicest way to finish your fall outfit with a Western twist, look for a hat with a wide brim and high crown. Bonus points for embroidery or belt detail!
5. All in The Details
Fringe, ruffles, and suede are characteristic of Western wear, and they can look thoroughly chic when suitably styled.
Welcome to a new weekly blog segment named Friday Favorites, where I will be sharing my favorite fashion- and style-related finds of the week! These favorites are images, articles, and moments that I love so much, I think you need to see them too!
Favorite Crossroads Find
How amazing is Morgan’s Nasty Gal dress that she found at Crossroads?! Use the hashtag #CrossroadsFinds on Instagram so we can see all your fab finds too!
Favorite Instagram Post
Lauren’s outfit is giving me all the fall vibes and has me very impatiently waiting for the temperatures to drop.
Favorite Instagram Trend
Leopard is the hottest print comeback, and leopard skirts are taking over Instagram style this season! The versatile print can be styled from casual to chic.
Favorite Celebrity Moment
The most chic celebrity family, The Beckhams, grace the September issue of British Vogue. Victoria shares her humorous side in this behind-the-scenes video and pokes fun at her Spice Girls history and style reputation. And yes—there are larger than life platform shoes and a Gucci dress.
Favorite YouTube Video
Beth Jones and Karen Blanchard collaborate in an East Coast versus West Coast vintage style challenge. Watch the video here and let us know who you think won!
Favorite Viral Moment
Over the weekend, Lindsay Lohan was spotted in an Instagram post dancing at the Lohan Beach House club in Mykonos. The video went viral after everyone began recreating the video and making memes. Lindsay joined in on the fun by coining #DoTheLilo.
Favorite Reality TV Show
Model Squad debuted on E! on September 4th and will continue to air every night during NYFW. Catch this limited series for behind-the-scenes model footage during NYFW and all the amazing fashion, from off-duty style to runway looks.
Favorite Blog Post
The Zoe Report reported on everyone’s favorite aspect of fashion week: street style trend predictions. As you read this, we will be one day into NYFW Spring ’19 and see how well their predictions were forecasted!
This fall, it’s all about classic cuts in everyday neutral colors. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite new arrivals that are easy to mix and match all season long!
Cropped Olive Trouser ($42.50)
Shop these new arrivals and more this weekend at Crossroads!
September 7th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Lady Gaga’s Stuns in Valentino at the ‘A Star Is Born’ Premiere
The upcoming musical film A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival, and I cannot stop thinking about Lady Gaga’s dress. She wore a pink, feathered Valentino gown, aptly nicknamed “Flamingo,” and my jaw dropped upon seeing it. Bravo, Valentino. Bravo. Lady Gaga is no stranger to statement-making looks; how can anyone forget the meat dress she wore for the 2010 MTV VMA Awards? We’ve become accustomed to the style and shock she brings to red carpet events.
When I saw this dress, I felt like I should hate it. There is absolutely no shape, she looks like she’s drowning, and it’s just too much of everything. BUT… this dress is different. This Valentino is bold, confident, chic and somehow reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, which seems to be her look of choice for this press tour. If anyone else wore this, I would scoff and think how unnecessarily over-the-top it is (except for Rihanna—because let’s be honest, Rihanna can pull off literally anything). Whatever it is about this look, it makes me excited to see her upcoming choices for this movie’s premieres, and, inevitably, the award season.
Please, let’s take a moment to appreciate the stunning Lady Gaga and her Valentino dress at the A Star Is Born premiere. By the way, I hear the movie is getting rave reviews, and I cannot wait to see it!
The antiquated no-white-after-Labor-Day rule appears to have originated in the late 19th century, when white was considered only proper for summer vacation attire (before bare arms and legs were appropriate, color and fabric were often the only difference between seasonal clothing). After Labor Day became a federal holiday, it unofficially signaled the end of the summer and vacations, meaning there was no longer a need to wear vacation clothing—so all white clothing was put away until the next year. Darker color clothing was a signal for the end of summer and a return to work.
Thankfully, somewhere between then and now, this arbitrary fashion rule has become outdated. Fashion and lifestyle have evolved and there are many more ways to keep cool in the summer besides lightweight white pieces. Lucky for us, that means we get to wear our favorite white pieces year round. Take a look at some of the most chic ways to wear white after Labor Day this year!
When updating your fall wardrobe, pick up a cozy cable knit sweater in white or cream.
A white denim jacket brings a fresh perspective to a those gloomy fall days.
Blazers are the perfect transition piece. Dress down a white blazer by pairing it with jeans and sneakers.
Add a trendy pair of white wide-leg pants or denim into your fall wardrobe rotation.
Don’t pack away your silky slip dresses just yet. Layer a blazer or an oversized sweater to get more wear out of them.
Dare to wear an all-white outfit with dark accessories for a chic autumn look.
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