It’s no secret that Westernwear is impeccably stylish and truly timeless, but this season, even the top fashion designers are starting to take notice. At fashion weeks spanning from New York City all the way to Paris and Milan, designers incorporated things like cowboy boots, wide-brim hats, cowhide skirts and other recognizably Western influences into their current lines. These types of heritage pieces are always favorites of country music fans, horseback riders and others with a laid-back, American style, but now they’re even used by fashion houses worldwide.

Americana influences were found in collections from Alexander Wang, Chanel and Tommy Hilfiger in the past few seasons, appearing in the form of suede jackets with intricate embroidery and denim just about everywhere. Many collections also included cowboy boots and equestrian-style riding boots, which are some of the more accessible ways to wear the Western runway trend in real life. 

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If you want to take a cue from the fashion industry’s hottest designers while still staying true to your country roots, investing in a great pair of boots is the best way to do it. Pair a classic cowboy boot from Ariat or Laredo with a dress or suede skirt to give the timeless look a bit of a high fashion edge, or go a bit more rock n’ roll-inspired with square toe boots with gleaming silver hardware. Fringe was also very popular on the runways this year, and an eye-catching pair of fringe cowboy boots is a great way to pull off the designer look in your everyday life. You may not be strutting your stuff on the runway at Paris Fashion Week, but you’ll feel just as stylish as a supermodel in a great pair of Western boots at your next country concert or night out with friends.

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