Cowgirls have made their mark in a man’s world since the 1800’s. If you grew up with a love for classic Western movies, you would be familiar with Dorothy Page “the Singing Cowgirl”, Dale Evans and Dolly Parton – all influential leading ladies who proved women had more than just a place in the kitchen. And while the role of a cowgirl has come a long way since the days of the side saddle, so too have the clothes which define the woman. Gone are the days of the traditional checker blouse and double denim. Today’s cowgirls are rocking white wash jeans and lace detailed tops.
And while every closet needs a freshening up once in a while, there are few basics you shouldn’t mess with. We’ve come up with country outfit ideas for the cowgirl essentials list.
Jeans – Straight leg or Boot Cut. Boyfriend or High Rise. Whether your jeans are designed to shape and flatten or lift and slim. Go with the style that suits your body type best. Variations that also work include denim shorts or cut off jeans.
Boots – The most distinguishing and distinctive part of your look. Traditionally made of leather, nowadays boots come in every colour, material and style. Your boots are there to make a statement so don’t be afraid to choose bright bold colours like turquoise and red. Round toe, pointy toe, boots with bling! Cowgirl boots are fit from field to catwalk any day.
Cowgirl Hat – Did you know the cowgirl hat evolved from the Mexican sombrero? The modern day cowgirl hat has pretty much remained unchanged in its design and significance. It was built to be rugged and withstand reckless conditions in the Wild West and to this day still fits the brief. Your cowgirl hat will make or break your outfit, so make sure you wear it with a smile.
Once you have your basics down pact, let’s talk skirts and dresses. Modern day cowgirl is bohemian meets Western. Long or short flowing skirts. Tulle and lace with a denim jacket. Frills and layers or crochet. Don’t be afraid to show your girlie side.
Another great way of up styling on a budget is to accessorise. What cowgirl look is complete without a great belt? Go for something that is thick with an embellished buckle. Or try using a scarf or some ribbon for a modern day look. Jewellery is another great way to add chic to country. Think bangles, earrings and anything shiny. Use coloured accessories to brighten your image.
Renewing your look doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune either. It’s all about recycling and rejuvenating what you already have and then purchasing a few new items to make your look. Don’t throw out that old thin and faded pair of jeans you love. With a few tools you have around the house you can turn them into fashionable distressed “boyfriend” denim. Upcycle your husband’s old plaid shirt into a stylish and funky blouse. (Have a look at our Pinterest page for details how)
The cowgirl look is all about looking great and staying true to your roots without compromising comfort. Check out Abler’s Pinterest page for stylish ideas on how to update your cowgirl look.