Finally got your head around the prairie dress trend? Well, hold your horses, because there’s a new western trend in town.
This summer, the floaty Laura Ashley-esque prairie dresses that captivated fashion girls from New York to Newcastle have given way to a slightly sexier and marginally more wearable mid-west aesthetic. Think saloon-girl style – with ruffles, puff sleeves and scooped necklines – or a more utilitarian cowgirl look – with press-stud shirt pockets, dark denim, pointed collars, yokes. Oh, and cowboy boots. With everything.
And there’s something attractive – and fun – about western-style dressing. The saloon girl look somehow combines sexy and sweet, and – if that sounds a little Daisy Duke for you – the fringing and cowboy details have the potential to transform a so-so jeans-and-shirt combo into something fashion-y, yet tomboy-ish and nonchalant.
So how to dip a toe in the Western trend without looking like a long-lost extra from Dr Quinn Medicine Woman?
“Keep it tailored,” says our shopping editor Tara Morris. “Think fitted silhouettes mixed with a frill.” Cowboy boots should be sleek and pointy rather than battered, she adds. Avoid rhinestones. Experiment with suede and corduroy. And if you’re going to brave a cowboy hat “don’t go the full Western” with the rest of your look. Easy there, cowgirl.