How to Rock Western Style

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How To Wear The Western Trend... Without Looking Costume-y

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The thing with the Western trend is that it takes a delicate touch to pull it off. You don't want to wear the look from head to toe, lest people think you've run away from the set of Bonanza. We recommend incorporating just one or two elements at a time—like turquoise jewelry and a peasant blouse—to keep your look grounded firmly in modern times. Take it from us it's all about the mix. Adding a little bit of a Western vibe into your most basic fall and spring outfits (think jeans and sandals and pretty white dresses) is an easy way to look trendy without going overboard.

Ahead, we've shopped out six essential elements of the new way to wear Western, from suede to fringe, classic cowboy boots and more.

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1. The Denim Skirt

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If you ask us, the most essential piece of Western wear is, of course, denim. This season, a button-front or to-the-knee denim skirt is the most versatile update, and will work for city, suburban and off-the-grid dressing alike. (It doesn't have to feel Western all the time.) Pair yours with a cozy sweater and tights this winter, and a wide brim felt hat for a truly Western reference.

Get the look: 7 For All Mankind braided denim skirt

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2. Classic Cowboy Boots

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Cowboy boots are the defining piece that labels your look distinctly "Western." But even within the cowboy boots category there is a huge range of style variation. For the flashier gals -- fashion forward country women and barrel racers especially -- pointy-toed boots are extremely popular. Traditionalists -- like lots of horse show people -- prefer square toed varieties (which are comfy and easy to ride in.)

The fashion cowboy boot category has exploded the past few years. High-end boot designers like Old Gringo have pioneered the genre with funky decorative styles and embellishment. At the more affordable end of the range are Corral or Laredo boots, which have similar looks. And for comfort, you can't been Ariat (the designers are former Nike employees.)

Get the look: Dan Post black boots

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3. Turquoise & Silver Jewelry

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When it comes to accessories and jewelry, cowgirls (and those of us who aspire to dress like one) opt for western wear classics: turquoise and silver. Find vintage native American pieces on eBay or Etsy, or shop for costume jewelry that gives the look at a fraction of the price. If you're in search of something more high end (and heirloom status), try designers like Pamela Love (above), Alexis Bittar and even Oscar de la Renta.

Get the look: Silver and turquoise jewelry, via Amazon

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4. A Suede or Shearling Jacket

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Outerwear is an important part of any great Western-influenced outfit. Seek out a vintage or new suede jacket—preferably with fringe. Saint Laurent comes to mind, but you can find more affordable options from shops like H&M, Madewell and Zara.

The great thing is that both shearling and suede look cool when paired with sleek modern pieces like black skinny pants, cashmere sweaters and leather ankle boots.

Get the look: Roaman's suede fringe jacket

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5. Feminine, Slightly-Exotic Embroidered Tops and Dresses

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Gingham western shirts a la Daisy Duke? Not in 2016. The modern cowgirl opts for, flowing, bohemian tops to offset masculine denim, leather and boots.

Popular western-inspired choices include embroidery, blouse-y silhouettes and plenty of white linen. Look for rouched necklines with delicate ties and colorful imagery of birds, flowers and Mexican or even Ukranian-influenced designs. Brands to keep an eye on include Isabel Marant, Anna Sui and Talitha, as well as Lucky Brand.

Get the look: H&M embroidered cotton blouse

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6. A Tooled Leather or Saddle-Style Bag

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Tooled leather is a definitive style trademark of the American West, so it's a natural pick if you want to infuse your wardrobe and accessories game with a bit of western style. This decorative look shows up in everything from handbags to belts to boots, so take your pick. (We're partial to handbags since they have a more timeless feel.)

Alternatively, a saddle bag has an equestrian vibe that can feel western or preppy depending on how you wear it!

Get the look: Patricia Nash bag