Cowboy boots aren't just for those of you living out west, they can be for everyone when you learn fashionable ways to wear cowboy boots! Taylor Swift and Jessica Simpson are just two of the many Hollywood starlets who have sported these western kicks. From dresses to jeans and everything in between, cowboy boots make a great and stylish addition to most outfits! To prove my point further, here are 7 ways to wear cowboy boots.
1. Pair Them with a Dress
Out of this list of ways to wear cowboy boots, pairing them with a white sun dress has got to be my favorite outfit! Sporting this look perfectly is Taylor Swift, who is no stranger to cowboy boot outfits. Cowboy boots are great with dresses (especially plain ones) because they add a bit of pizzazz to an otherwise boring dress. If you want to make your look even more casual, try adding a fashion belt to your dress that matches the color of your boots. Pairing your cowboy boots with a plain dress will make them stand out more than any other outfit!
2. Worn over Skinny Jeans
For the cowboy boot newbie, this is probably the best look to start with. Simply wear your cowboy boots over your favorite pair of skinny jeans for a casual outfit. Then pair that with a slightly baggy shirt, and a big matching fashion necklace. It's the perfect look for the fall season and doesn't make your cowboy boots stand out too much if you're not comfortable pulling them off yet. Give them time, they'll grow on you!
3. The "Daisy Duke" Look
There's one trend within western fashion that always seems to reappear each Summer involving cowboy boots. I'm talking about the "Daisy Dukes" look that Jessica Simpson brought back to life in 2005 that's still hanging around today. This is a super sexy summer look that pairs your cowboy boots with some shorts. Wear a plaid shirt on top if you want to make this outfit a complete cowgirl look, but a simple black racer-back tank top will do just fine too.
4. With Leggings or Tights
Wearing cowboy boots with leggings or tights is a bit more daring than skinny jeans or a dress, but I think it can work really fabulously if you do it right and have the confidence to pull it off! Try wearing brightly colored tights or leggings under a plain pair of cowboy boots, paired with a simple dress or skirt. It's even better if you can match your boot color to your shirt or dress if you will be wearing different colored leggings or tights.
5. Match with Denim
Cowboy boots and denim go together as well as peanut butter and jelly! So if you're not already matching your boots with jeans, then try wearing them with a denim dress or jacket! The combination makes a perfect spring or fall outfit! With this look, be sure to have your accessories, like jewelry and bags, match the color of your cowboy boots.
6. Match with Plaid
The second best thing cowboy boots go best with is plaid! So pair your boots with a plaid button down shirt or a plaid tunic dress. Just resist the allure of tying your button down plaid shirt at the middle unless you want to look like an all out cowgirl. This can also happen if you attempt to wear a cowgirl hat. The best way to stay away from a completely western look is by pairing your plaid shirt with some black leggings instead of jeans.
7. Don't Be Afraid of Color
If you're a "How I Met Your Mother" addict, then you probably remember the episodes that referenced Ted's red cowboy boots and if he could pull them off. Well Ted wasn't totally wrong, as some colored cowboy boots can look adorable, especially when paired with a neutral or plain colored outfit! Even a colored design cowboy boot can be the perfect addition to any outfit! I mean, cowboy boots are already a fashion statement, so why not make them an even bigger one?
8. Try Fancy Patterns
While many pairs of cowboy boots come in a solid color, some are many colored. For example, several pairs I've seen have cutouts on the top portion of the boot with a different color peeking out from beneath. Choosing a multi-colored pair of boots gives you a range of options for pairing them with what's in your closet.
9. With a Leather Jacket
You might wonder how to pair leather and cowboy boots, but it isn't really that hard. You can easily take the edge off a leather jacket by pairing it with jeans and a fun pair of boots. You can absolutely mix these two styles in one oufit. No t only does it look fantastic, but you'll be a little bit rock star, a little bit country at the same time.
10. Under Jeans
Sure, wearing cowboy boots over jeans is a trendy way to wear them, but you can also tuck them under your pant legs. This is a great style choice if you prefer wider leg jeans and don't care for the skinny jean trend. Everyone will still get a glimpse of your boots so don't worry that you'll be hiding them away.
Something to remember about wearing cowboy boots is that they are better as a once-in-a-while thing. While you may love them like crazy, trade off with your other footwear to avoid being branded “that girl with the cowboy boots.” Also keep in mind that cowboy boots are a statement in and of themselves, so keep the colors in your outfit simple. What do you think of the cowboy boot trend? Love it or hate it?
This article written in collaboration with editor, Eliza Martinez