How Not to Wear Cowboy Boots: 7 Western Fashion Mistakes

How Not to Wear Cowboy Boots: 7 Western Fashion Mistakes

You may have some ideas of how to wear cowboy boots (or cowgirl boots), but you should also know what NOT to wear with them. Avoid the mistakes by reading this.

Cowboy boots can be a great addition to any wardrobe. This unique shoe can take an outfit to the next level, but before you buy a pair, make sure you know how to wear them so that your outfit isn't a flop. 

Keep reading for a full guide on the do's and don't of how to wear cowboy boots. We will highlight possible fashion mistakes and also give outfit advice so that you can rock your boots the right way. 

1. Don't Overdo a Western Look

While going all out with your western outfit is great for specific events, such as a rodeo, you may want to avoid this all-out style for the every day. Cowboy boots can be worn with so many different outfits, adding a unique flair that is bold and fun. Rather than wearing your cowboy boots with overalls, consider taking some fun fashion risks for a stylish look. 

For the ladies, we love pairing cowboy boots with the unexpected. A trend we're loving is pairing cowboy boots with fashionable animal prints.

Consider pairing all black or white cowboy boots with a zebra printed maxi dress and finishing this look off with a black blazer. This outfit has elements of street style that are so popular during New York Fashion Week

This idea works with other prints as well, such as checkered prints, and of course solids. 

2. Don't Avoid Including Cowboy Boots in Elevated Looks

Don't limit your cowboy boots to only casual or fun outings. Incorporating cowboy boots into your more polished outfits can be a great way to make your look unique. Try pairing your boots with slick outfits, such as structured dresses and trench coats for a look that is totally chic. 

3. Don't Over Accessorize

When you're wearing a statement piece like cowboy boots, it's important that you let them get all the attention. You can do this by making sure you're not piling on unnecessary accessories, as the best outfits show that less is more. Avoid big accessories such as hats, or excessive jewelry.

Sometimes the best way to wear your cowboy boots is by making it a clean, simple, on the go outfit pairing. Consider pairing your boots with your favorite pair of denim and a white tee for a classic look that will always be cool. When wearing your cowboy boots as everyday wear, leave the cowboy hat and western jewelry at home.

4. Don't Be Afraid to Pair Your Boots With Feminine Pieces

Sometimes contrast is key in the perfect outfit. While pairing your boots with fringy western vests might be too much, pairing them with feminine pieces can be a great way to create some interest in your outfit.

Try pairing cowboy boots with a flowy, feminine floral maxi dress for a boho look that's perfect for spring. Playing with textures is also a great way to have fun with your cowboy boots. Try pairing your favorite boots with a pink satin dress for an edgy and daring finish to your look.

5. Don't Avoid Wearing Them with a Dress Shirt

This one is for the guys. When going out for events, you can be used to heading straight for your uncomfortable dress shoes, but this doesn't have to be the case. Try pairing your cowboy boots with a dress shirt and nice denim for a casual elevated look.

While this look works with solid shirts, it also works great with printed pieces. Try pairing your favorite pair of tan cowboy boots with a nice dark washed pair of jeans, and our paisley printed button down for a look that will show everyone you're a stylish guy who's not afraid to take fashion risks. This look is great when polished with a nice leather watch.

6. Don't Be Afraid to Layer

While simplicity is typically key to an outfit, layering is a great way to take your outfit to the next level, and you can totally pull layering off with your cowboy boots. 

For a casual outfit, such as a white tee and denim, add a jean, leather or cargo jacket to this look. This is a great idea in the fall, as you can layer up and wear your cowboy boots to make a statement.

If you're wearing a dress, try layering with a cardigan, such as our tunic vest. This is the perfect way to do some light wear layering when necessary. Vests are a really versatile piece that can go with almost everything and looks great layered over your tee shirts and tank tops as well.

7. Don't Limit Yourself to Pairing Your Boots With Denim Alone

While denim seems the most obvious and easy paring when it comes to wearing your cowboy boots, it's also fun to change it up a little bit. There are tons of other pant options that can work for this look.

For the ladies, try pairing leather pants or leggings with your black or white cowboy boots for a little contrast. With camo making a comeback, we also love this print paired with your favorite tan cowboy boots. This look is especially great with a pair of camo printed skinny jeans, a white tee-shirt, and a cargo vest. 

How to Wear Cowboy Boots the Right Way 

If you are looking for new ways to wear cowboy boots, try some of these outfit ideas today. There are so many fun ways to wear cowboy boots in unique ways that can get you out of your fashion comfort zone.


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