Each season a few specific trends outshine all the others. Typically it’s because they are versatile, open to interpretation and individual adaptation and offer an alternative to trends of the recent past. For Fall 2018 one such trend is inspired by the American West. It’s not particularly new, but thanks to a few keys updates, it reflects a celebration of the country’s roots in a way that feels fresh. We’re breaking down how to pull it off.
While runway looks should always be taken with a pinch of salt (no one can actually pull off a head-to-toe theme without it looking like a costume), there are key pieces in each of these looks that should be noted. The Alberta Ferretti show featured slouchy suede boots—an ’80s interpretation of the cowboy-boot trend—and statement belts cinched around the waist. Gone are the skinny belts of seasons past, replaced instead by wide styles with gleaming buckles. Isabel Marant’s models strutted the runway draped in poncho-style knits paired with straight-leg denim and tapered cowboy boots, the perfect trifecta for a cool fall day. At Calvin Klein, models wore western shirts updated in unexpected color combinations. Whether tucked into a pencil skirt or wide-leg trousers, the effect is decidedly modern.
So, how to incorporate the trend into your everyday style? Relegate your standbys to the bench to give these key pieces a try. Give your skinny belts a rest in favor of a wider iteration. Instead of reaching for a leather jacket, opt for a draped knit to wear over your off-duty separates. Take it to the office by eschewing a traditional button up shirt for a western-inspired blouse. Finally, give your over-worn black booties a rest and move a buttery suede cowboy boot into heavy rotation. With these simple updates you’ll take the season in stride.