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Your guide to western style

Your guide to western style

When you think of double denim, bootcut jeans, leather boots, and blanket jackets, it’s easy to conjure up images of a costumed man astride a horse, looking for the town sheriff. But in reality, the clothes synonymous with the ‘Wild West’ are a rich resource for style and an aesthetic worn by some of the coolest men throughout the 20th century. 

To help you get the styling just right, we spoke to menswear stylist Toby Standing (who, safe to say is quite the expert on western wear) on how to incorporate some cowboy staples into your everyday without looking, well, lost.

Start with the boots 

“Personally, my gateway into this style was the boots – side-zip, square-toed, grained black leather western boots that I found in a second hand shop. These fit seamlessly into my everyday wardrobe and have quickly become my most-worn shoe,” Toby says. “Following on from that, I picked up some bootcut jeans (Levi’s 517s, if you’re in the market), which then worked perfectly as the boots were being worn so often – it’s a slippery slope as you can see.”

Photographed: A.P.C. Denim Jacket (£210)

Don’t go head-to-toe western

Taking pieces in isolation is a great approach to incorporate the western aesthetic into your day-to-day style. “I’d warn against getting all the items at once; that’s how you end up looking like you’re in costume real quick.” For example, you don’t need to be wearing double denim, checks, boots, and a cowboy hat to match, because then you may as well have a lasso in hand to finish it off. Instead, find an item that you think will fit seamlessly into how you dress and bring it into your rotation. 

Look at the wardrobe you’ve already got

Without even realising it, loads of the pieces you probably already wear regularly are likely to have nods to classic western style. Buffalo checks, denim jackets, and even double-chest pocketed shirts all have origins in the kind of garments made famous by ranch hands and cowboys. 

 

Take cues from the ‘70s

Now this is always a good idea, but especially when it comes to western wear. Icons like John Travolta, Bob Dylan, and Ralph Lauren all nailed combining the aesthetic into more everyday styles by pairing quintessential western with more casual, contemporary staples. Take your inspiration from here and you’ll look the business in no time. 

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Photographed: Fat Face Bootcut Light Wash Jeans (£59)
Photographed: Arlen Bleached Indigo Denim Shirt (£59)
Photographed: Folk Blanket Check Shirt (£100)

Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Styling: Toby Standing