You don't need an invitation to a hoedown to work cowboy boots into your wardrobe. Available in various colors and designs, cowboy boots are a versatile footwear option that can be incorporated into an ensemble in different ways. Wear boots with easy separates or breezy dresses for cute ensembles that make a subtle Western-style statement.
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Denim is a neutral foundation for cowboy boots, whether they're a solid color or boast intricate designs. Dark wash, distressed or faded skinny jeans are a casual pairing for your boots -- just make sure your jeans are fitted. Tuck jeans into your cowboy boots to show off any embellishments or embroidery. Balance the slim fit of your jeans with a billowy tank or blouse. Stick with a solid color if your boots have a busy design, or choose a printed or embellished top for simple, solid-colored cowboy boots. Accessorize with a long pendant necklace and an armful of bangles.
A sundress in a delicate fabric balances the rugged aspect of cowboy boots -- think cotton or lace. Keep the focus on your boots and stick with soft pastel colors such as white, blush or ivory. Look for interesting details on your dress that will draw eyes toward your boots like a scalloped or asymmetrical hem. Define your waist with a braided leather belt and pair with chandelier earrings. Layer your dress with a denim jacket to add dimension to the look when temperatures drop.
Pair cowboy boots with denim shorts for an effortless summer ensemble. Opt for dark wash shorts with minimal rips to keep the look cute and less Daisy Duke. Wear your cutoffs with a plaid button-down and roll up the sleeves for a full-on Western vibe. If you prefer a subtle take on the trend, try an oversized V-neck t-shirt and half-tuck the hem for a carefree vibe. Accessorize plaid with braided and beaded bracelets or dress up a basic tee with a statement necklace.
Tights paired with cowboy boots and a tunic or fit-and-flare skirt offer coverage and warmth during cooler months. Experiment with layers and play with prints for a stylish mix. Layer an oversized sweater with your tunic or complement a skirt with a camisole and a cardigan. Colorful boots work with a printed skirt or tunic -- just make sure the color is running throughout the print to keep the look cohesive. If you prefer to wear solid clothing, opt for patterned tights and embellished cowboy boots to add visual interest. Reach for bold jewelry -- think a statement ring or large, chunky cuff.
Based in New York, Amanda Rumbalski embarked on a professional writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "Icon" magazine and on Entertainment-Central.com, and she has editorial and styling experience with "Women's Wear Daily," the "New York Daily News" and "Allure" magazine. Rumbalski holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
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