Dress Like a Real Cowboy With This Fashion Guide

Posted by Jackson's Western Store on Oct 3rd 2023

Whether you’re a genuine southern boy or gal or just like the western look, we have your guide to the staples you need to dress like a cowboy. From denim to must-have accessories, these are the western wear staples you need if you want to look like you’re ready to ride a bull or hang out in a saloon.

Cowboy Fashion Staples

While there are certainly a variety of different items that go into creating a “real” western look and feel, certain items in particular stand out and are essential. From the footwear to the hat, we cover the fundamentals below:

The Perfect Pair of Cowboy Boots

When it comes to western fashion, a good pair of cowboy boots is an absolute must-have. Cowboy boots are not only functional, providing support and comfort for long hours of riding and walking, but they also add a touch of classic Western style to any outfit.

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When choosing cowboy boots, look for a high-quality pair made from genuine leather, with a sturdy sole and a comfortable fit. Classic styles like the traditional cowboy boot with a pointed toe and a stacked heel are timeless and versatile, while more modern variations with intricate stitching, embossing, or unique color combinations can add a trendy twist to your western look.

One of our favorites is the Dan Post Men's Sturgis Python Western Cowboy Boot, a hand-crafted 13-inch boot featuring a genuine python foot and features that’ll ensure you’re ready for your night on the town.

And these Ariat Womens Martina Ole Tan Western Boot. Suede fringe adds a bit of sass to this ultra-versatile pair. With a walkable heel and supportive cushioning, these boots will take you from tailgate to stadium to honky tonk in comfort.

Authentic Western Hat

No western outfit is complete without an authentic Western hat. A cowboy hat is not only a practical accessory to protect your face and neck from the sun, but it also adds a touch of style and personality to your overall look.

There are various types of western hats available, including the classic cowboy hat with a wide brim and a tall crown, the gambler hat with a smaller brim and a rounded crown, and the flat-brimmed rodeo hat popular among bull riders.

When choosing a western hat, make sure it fits snugly on your head and complements the shape of your face for the best possible look.

This Resistol Ox Bow 6X Black George Strait Western Cowboy Hat is perfect for a night of dancing while this Resistol Ponderosa George Strait 6X Buckskin Fur Felt Cowboy Hat is mighty fancy.

Statement Belt Buckle

A statement belt buckle is another essential fashion staple for a cowboy or cowgirl. Western belt buckles come in various sizes, shapes, and designs, and they serve as a centerpiece for your outfit.

Look for a belt buckle that reflects your personal style and makes a statement, whether it's a classic silver buckle with intricate engraving, a colorful gemstone-studded buckle, or a custom-made buckle with your initials or a meaningful symbol. Pair your statement belt buckle with a high-quality leather belt that complements your boots and completes your western look.

These are some of our favorites:

  • Yellowstone Steer Skull: This glorious design takes inspiration from the open plains, taking in the magnificent wildlife and landscape around you.
  • Country Strong: If you’re a fan of country living like us, this is definitely a great choice. Rep your country and your lifestyle with this bold belt buckle.
  • Boundless Montana Legacy: This belt buckle celebrates Montana silversmiths with a striking southwestern design. The gold is sure to stand out.
  • Bronc Rider: Whether you’re a casual rider or a seasoned professional, this belt buckle pays homage to the cowboys before us who broke wild horses and created an entirely new way of living.

Western Shirts with Flair

Western shirts are a cornerstone of western fashion, and they come in a wide variety of styles, fabrics, and colors. When choosing a western shirt, look for one that fits well and flatters your body shape, with a nod to traditional western details like snap buttons, pointed yokes, and Western pockets.

To make a fashion statement, opt for shirts with flair, such as ones with bold patterns like plaid, paisley, or floral, or shirts with unique embellishments like embroidery or fringe. Don't be afraid to mix and match different patterns and textures for a truly eye-catching Western look.

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This button-up features a pretty unique pattern while this stylish long-sleeve is great for a formal event. For women, this wool blend Aztec print jacket is a great addition to your Fall wardrobe whether you are heading to the game or an evening bonfire with friends. We also love this summery take on a western shirt with a peach color and a floral lace pattern.

Denim, Denim, Denim

Denim is a quintessential fabric in western fashion and a must-have staple for any cowboy or cowgirl. Denim jeans are not only durable and comfortable for riding and working on the ranch, but they also add a rugged and authentic western vibe to your outfit.

Look for jeans with a straight or bootcut leg that fits well and flatters your body shape. Classic denim colors like indigo or black are versatile and timeless, while distressed or faded denim can add a trendy and worn-in look to your Western style. Don't forget to pair your denim jeans with a stylish western belt for an extra touch of country.

You can never go wrong with Wrangler. We have a whole collection of Wrangler jeans in a variety of washes and styles. Looking for a trendy Trouser jean or a classic bootcut, we have you covered. There’s also women’s jeans for function or fashion, heading out for a girl's night out, the show ring or an afternoon trail ride.

If you’re looking for these cowboy fashion staples, look no further! Here at Jackson’s English & Western Store we carry every fashion item you’d need to embrace the cowboy aesthetic, from cowboy boots in every style to a range of western hat options. We also have a friendly customer service team that can help you find the perfect fit for your preferred look!