7 Westerncore Outfit Essentials to Master the New Trend

7 Westerncore Outfit Essentials to Master the New Trend
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Well hot dog, western-style clothing has official become a ‘core.

That’s right guys and gals, westerncore has arrived.

Frankly, it’s not real different than the western fashion trend that’s existed for years, but I do love me a new ‘core.

Much like how the Netflix series Bridgerton catapulted regencycore to the top of your IG feed, so now has Yellowstone caused a surge in all things western. And thus, westerncore was born.👶

Tapping into the aesthetic can be as easy as pulling on a pair of western boots (which you’ve probably already been doing) or donning a snap-button shirt. So fear not, if cowboy hats aren’t your thing.

Here are 7 must-have items (plus fit ideas for each), so you too can channel the westerncore trend.

/ 7 | Western Belt

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Cinch your dress, jeans, shorts, or skirt with a western belt as a simple and subtle way to tap into the trend.

The bigger the buckle, the more westerncore the belt.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

COWBOY BOOTS | Melissa Shoes (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

PURSE | Sans Beast (current styles by Sans Beast)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Georgio Armani (similar by Georgio Armani)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

/ 7 | Jean Dress or Denim Shirt

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Go ’70s chic by pairing your denim dress with aviator shades or make like Britney Spears and go Canadian Tuxedo style with a jean button-up and matching jean shorts.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS – Jean Dress

HEELED SANDALS | Bershka (similar by Cult of Coquette)

PURSE | Sans Beast (current styles by Sans Beast)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

– OUTFIT DETAILS – Denim Shirt

HEELS | Matt & Nat (current styles by Matt & Nat)

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

All other outfit items purchased second-hand.

/ 7 | Blanket Jacket

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Nothing says giddy-up quite like a blanket jacket with a horse and cactus motif.

Style your tapestry blazer with a girly floral or vintage dress for cowgirl coolness.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS – Vintage Dress

COWBOY BOOTS | Melissa Shoes (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

BLANKET JACKET | vintage New Identity (find one on ebay)

PURSE | Baggu (shop similar here)

SUNGLASSES | Colibris

All other outfit items thrifted.

– OUTFIT DETAILS – Floral Dress

COWBOY BOOTS | Melissa Shoes (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

BLANKET JACKET | vintage New Identity (find one on ebay)

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

BELT | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Persol (current styles by Persol)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

/ 7 | Cowgirl Jean Skirt

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The great thing about a denim cowgirl skirt is that it’s almost as versatile to style as a pair of jeans. (Not to mention, this vintage style of skirt is the perfect item to add to your secondhand shopping list.)

Wear yours with dad sneakers for an unexpected twist.

– OUTFIT DETAILS –

WHITE DAD SNEAKERS | Rombaut

PURSE | Sans Beast (current styles by Sans Beast)

BELT | thrifted Mammut (similar by Arc’teryx)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Cole Haan (current styles by Cole Haan)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

/ 7 | Snap-Button Shirt

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Say howdy to the snap-button shirt, as this iconic top is a staple of westerncore.

Pair your western button-up with a pair of gas station sunglasses to go wild wild west.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

COWBOY BOOTS | Da Quy (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

PURSE | Angela Roi (current styles by Angela Roi)

BELT | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Adidas (current styles by Adidas)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

/ 7 | Faux Snakeskin Accessories

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If the idea of westerncore is a bit too much for you to handle, dip your toe into the trend by way of faux snakeskin accessories.

Boots, a bag, or belt are all easy avenues to add just a dash of yee-haw to the most unsuspecting of looks.

Style your faux exotic skins/vegan reptile prints with denim to make the pattern pop.

– OUTFIT DETAILS –

PURSE | Sans Beast (current styles by Sans Beast)

All other outfit items bought second-hand.

/ 7 | Cowboy boots

Arguably the easiest way to add some cowgirlcore to your fits is with a pair of trusty cowboy boots.

The styling possibilities for these hardworking boots are endless, but you can pull some inspiration from the five outfit ideas below.

For even more fit ideas and my guide to the best vegan cowboy boots, give my vegan cowboy boots post a read.

Cowboy boots + sweater dress

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Show off your legs by pairing a borrowed-from-the-boys sweater (that wears like a dress) with western boots.

Add a little academia to your fit with a schoolboy satchel or go street-style-chic with a black bag that has whipstitched edges.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

COWBOY BOOTS | Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off

SCHOOLBOY BACKPACK | Will’s Vegan Store

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

All other outfit items bought second-hand.

Cowboy boots + cropped jeans + plaid blazer

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Jeans plus an oversized blazer always make the perfect pairing with cowboy boots.

Add a fun printed blouse underneath to give your OOTD an extra boost.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

COWBOY BOOTS | Melissa Shoes (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

BELT | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Georgio Armani (similar by Georgio Armani)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

Cowboy boots + lacy dress + ‘90s-style sweater

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A pair of blue velvet cowboy boots make this fit suitable for transitional weather and modernizes this ’90s-style sweater.

When the temperature rises, tie your sweater nonchalantly around your waist for westerncore meets boho vibes.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

COWBOY BOOTS | Da Quy (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

CLUTCH | Sans Beast (current styles by Sans Beast)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Georgio Armani (similar by Georgio Armani)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

Cowboy boots + suit + baseball hat

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Take some style inspo from Princess Diana by pairing your cowboy boots with an outsized blazer and sweats (or baggy suit like I’ve done) and a baseball cap.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

COWBOY BOOTS | Melissa Shoes (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Georgio Armani (similar by Georgio Armani)

CIRCULAR JAPANESE KNOT BAG | Made by me from old jeans

All other outfit items bought preloved.

Cowboy boots + camouflage

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The unlikely pairing of cowboy boots and camo print will make you Paris fashion week ready.

Add some neon for a welcome injection of color or go print-clash cool by styling your camouflage with florals.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS – With Jeans

COWBOY BOOTS | Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

SUNGLASSES | vintage Valentino (current styles by Valentino)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

– OUTFIT DETAILS – With Floral Dress

COWBOY BOOTS | Melissa Shoes (similar by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather use code HARMFREEFASHION for 20% off)

SUNGLASSES | thrifted Etnia Barcelona (current styles by Etnia Barcelona)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

Final Thoughts

Westerncore doesn’t necessarily mean cowboy hats and fringe faux leather jackets, so no need to book a trip to Texas to buy the pieces that encapsulate this trend.

Seek out any of the seven essentials I’ve featured above (all easily findable at your local thrift store) and you’ll be rockin’ this aesthetic faster than you can say howdy, partner.

Giddy-up, the westerncore trend awaits. 🐎

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FAQs

What are the outfit essentials for the westerncore trend?

The fashion must-haves to master the westerncore trend are western belts, jean dresses and denim shirts, blanket jackets, cowgirl jean skirts, snap-button shirts, faux snakeskin/exotic skins accessories, and cowboy boots.

Where can you buy authentic vegan cowboy boots?

Kat Mendenhall is the queen of vegan cowboy boots (Miley Cyrus is a fan) and her fully customizable and cruelty-free cowboy boots are made in Texas by Texans. It doesn’t get much more authentic than that!

Where can you buy men’s vegan cowboy boots?

These vegan brands offer vegan cowboy boots for men: Kat Mendenhall, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, and Will’s Vegan Store.

Where can you buy vegan cowboy boots or western boots?

All these vegan brands offer vegan cowboy boots: Kat Mendenhall, A Perfect Jane, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, Will’s Vegan Store, Melissa Shoes, Vegetarian Shoes, Minuit Sur Terre, Mireia Playà, and Momoc as well as these vegan online marketplaces: Immaculate Vegan, MooShoes, and Shop Like You Give a Damn.

Which brands offer vegan cowboy boots?

You’ll find vegan cowboy boots from all these vegan brands: Kat Mendenhall, A Perfect Jane, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, Will’s Vegan Store, Melissa Shoes, Vegetarian Shoes, Minuit Sur Terre, Mireia Playà, and Momoc.

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