Trendspotting | Winter Cowgirl

Led by Chanel’s Western-inspired 2014 pre-fall collection, the fall/winter runway was filled with inklings of the cowgirl style, the most obvious item being the fedora hat. Thanks to Pharrell Williams, a loyal fan of the fedora (besides his other bizarre hats), this Indiana Jones piece with a pinch at the front was revived and became the statement topper for a handful of runway shows.

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1. Antonio Marras Pre-AW14 | 2. Burberry Prorsum AW14 | 3. Chanel Pre-AW14
4. Apu Jan AW14 | 5. Emilio Pucci AW14

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6. Jean Charles de Castelbajac Pre-AW14 | 7. Philipp Plein AW14
8. Zeynep Tosun AW14 | 9. Barbara Bui AW14 | 10. Etro AW14

This winter, we see denim, leather and suede continue to shine in shades of white, blue, brown and camel, while fringe and shearling come in as subtle detailing. Plaids, Western embroidery and Nordic prints are mixed with sharply tailored jackets, wide-leg pants, pencil dresses and shirtdresses for an upscale look. Meanwhile, knit capes and cowboy boots keep their places as one of the most coveted cowgirl items for winter.

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11. Au Jour le Jour Pre-AW14 | 12. Coach AW14 | 13. Tommy Hilfiger AW14
14. Antipodium AW14 | 15. Alexander Wang Pre-AW14

I’ve picked 12 cowgirl pieces that might work with a capsule wardrobe. Unless you’re attending a Texas-themed party, a music festival or a country fair, I wouldn’t recommend you wear them all at once – you may end up looking too vintage and out of place. Try one item or maybe two at most each time, and blend them well with your pea coat, silk blouses, cigarette pants or brogues.

Fedora Hat

The hat! It’s the essence of the winter’s cowgirl apparel and gives a mysterious feel without being too overwhelming. This matte black one comes with felt feather accents embellished by a vintage medallion, instantly boosting your style index.

Fringed Scarf

Scarves? I can never get enough of them. Wearing scarves is one of the easiest ways to pull off prints and colors. It also adds volume but not weight. I love the earthy colors, wintry print and comfy texture of this one.

Knit Poncho

This bold red poncho is something you probably would not wear every day. I chose it because it’s soft and Christmassy – perfect for home parties or when you want to brighten up your days with a little holiday flair.

Open Front Cape

Open-front outerwear is all in this winter. This cape looks effortless with its natural draping and felt-like texture. Throw on a thin leather belt and keep the rest of your outfit sleek and tailored for volume contrast.

Plaid Shirt

Versatile enough to channel grunge or cowgirl, red plaid is also a good choice for Christmas. Wear dark jeans and black Chelsea boots to run errands in style.

Embroidered Chambray Shirt

Here’s another dress-down option for fall. Wear it solo for autumn and throw a long cardigan on top during winter. Preppy or prairie, it’s all up to you.

Shirtdress

The good thing about shirts or shirtdresses is that they can serve as the base, the middle or the outer layer. A denim or crisp white shirtdress with a woven belt, fedora hat and cowboy boots are all you need to channel a minimalistic cowgirl look.

Crocheted White Dress

This ethereal piece exudes country style without literally borrowing from grandma’s closet. The white goes well with butterscotch boots or moccasins.

Frayed Denim Skirt

Avoid wearing denims from top to bottom. Pair this denim skirt with a white blouse and leather boots for a foolproof look. Leggings are not recommended unless you choose to wear a really short skirt.

Skinny White Jeans

I’ve always wondered what magic is behind my Korean colleagues’ fashion success. After weeks of observation, I finally realized that they’re wearing skinny white jeans – a staple so subtle yet utterly easy to match and suitable for winter.

Fringed Bag

Fringes may be a bit annoying, hair-wise and garment-wise. A fringed bag allows you to tap into the fringe trend without getting all tangled with similar details on your clothes and shoes.

Belted Boots

Though cowboy boots are supposed to be on this list, they often look too lavish or playful. I love these strappy boots for their lug outsoles and mid-calf length. Try tasseled loafers for a more dressy style.