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What Is a Country Chic Dressing Style?

by Jennifer J. Petrini, studioD

Country girls are born for the great outdoors and dress in a casual fashion to complete their day-to-day routines. With their down-to-earth styles and attitudes, ladies from the plains have inspired what is known as the country chic look. Even city gals who dream of weekends spent on quieter fronts can wear these soft, romantic garments that speak of country roots and western style. Who says you have to work in the fields to be best dressed for a home on the range?

Farm Girl Fabulous

The ideal country chic outfit is a must-have pair of soft skinny jeans, distressed barn boots that cover the knees and a red plaid button-down blouse. Tuck your shirt in and complete the look with a western belt buckle. Add a touch of glamour with pearl snaps on the shirt buttons or a top cut with a secretary-style bowtie. If it’s a sunny day in the fields, toss on a straw cowgirl-style hat to finalize this farm girl ensemble.

Barnyard Beauty

The new barn jacket is not just meant to wear in the stables during the dewy early morning hours. Made of a quilted fabric, the cape-style barn jacket is a sleek piece in black, taupe or rust. Pair the Little Red Riding Hood-style garment with khaki riding pants and wedge-heeled boots.

The Sidesaddle Sophisticate

While most women opt not to ride sidesaddle these days, a plaid, tweed A-line maxi skirt is a perfect piece to evoke an equestrian charm. Complete this English countryside look with a denim or chambray button-down shirt, skinny leather belt and a pair of chic rain boots. Accessorize with a fringed suede saddlebag purse.

Sweetie Pies

If you’re a gal who prefers to bake peach pies and apple cobblers, a 1950s-style ruffled floral cotton dress or a red and white gingham romper are made for you. For kitchen activities, tie on a white frilly apron to keep your outfit free of cooking debris. Don’t forget to add a simple pair of ballet flats on your feet for a sweet but sensual look.

Cowgirl Chic

Cowgirls have a variety of clothing items to mix and match. Try a pair of cream lace shorts or a dress in a similar style. Wear either with brown cowboy boots for an evening of line-dancing and side-stepping. Accessorize with gold bangle bracelets, a denim jacket and maybe even your man’s cowboy hat for kicks.

About the Author

Jennifer J. Petrini has been a writer, stylist and fashion show producer since 2001, contributing to "Ceremony Magazine," "MANIAC" and various websites. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in creative/professional writing and drama.

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