No need to fear the ‘Western’ dress code on a party invite. Here’s how to dress western stylish!
Whether it’s The Calgary Stampede or a friend’s theme party, many of us have (I’m sure) been in a situation where the dress code is Western. Of course, we still want to look cute and not like we’re rockin’ a costume! I have a few ideas for you and some things to keep in mind when mastering the western look in a stylish way.
When I hosted The Jasper PJ Party at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in 2018, the theme was ‘western’ and the special guest was Country Music Star, Terri Clark. The vibe was fresh, and I knew going in my outfit planning would be a whole new ballgame from previous years I had hosted. If you’re unfamiliar with the Jasper PJ Party, here’s everything you need to know!
Tips for Dressing Western Stylish
- Avoid tacky and keep it classy. Try not to look like you’re wearing a costume. Just because the dress code is themed, doesn’t mean you should look gimmicky.
- Denim is your friend, but instead of just pairing jeans with a plaid shirt, consider rockin’ a denim jumper, romper, or dress.
- Work current trends to your western look to avoid dating yourself. Pair a kimono with jeans, wooden heel booties, and a cowboy hat.
- Accessorize with boho-style jewellery and statement pieces. If cash is a concern, pick up a plaid bandana from The Dollar Store and use it as a neck-tie with a denim dress.
- If a legit cowboy hat and boots aren’t in your budget, you can spend on one and splurge on the other. Lucky Brand and Anthropologie carry fabulous rancher-style hats and you can wear wooden heeled boots, shoeties, or peep-toes instead of dropping hundreds on for-real cowboy boots.
Cowgirl’s Closet: Items to Look For
- wooden heeled shoes
- tassel shirts, bags, and jewellery
- fringe dresses, purses, and earrings
- feather necklaces
- denim rompers, jumpers, dresses, and cropped jackets
- plaid shirts
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