Fall 2018 Trend Western Style

One of this season’s most pervasive looks, the western trend, is making a carry through to the Fall. The sentiment appeared everywhere from New York to Paris. After Isabel Marant’s Fall 2018 runway show in Paris, it was clear that designers want us to saddle up and go west.

In New York, Veronica Beard and Coach included western-style characteristics such as a fringe and shirts with cowboy yoke detailing. In London, designers also showed western wardrobe influences such as cap-toed boots and rustic metal belts.

Vuitton even got in on the trend with a handful of models boasting bolo ties. Fendi also featured chic neck scarves and cowboy boots, while Calvin Klein provided a futuristic look of the American West with plaid dresses and traditional western shirts.

Also included on the list of designers who paid tribute to the American Wester was Ralph Lauren, Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Etro, David Koma and DSquared2.

Ralph Lauren’s West by Southwest Collection has a more southwestern approach. “From the deserts of Santa Fe to the prairies of Oklahoma, iconic influences from the American West inspire a new frontier for autumn.” ~ Ralph Lauren

Veronica Beard Fall Ready-To-Wear 2018

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Veronica Beard fans are everywhere. Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard just opened a store in Dallas’s Highland Park Village and next week they’ll be on the West Coast to unveil another in Los Angeles.

The Beards call this collection their ode to Dallas with their own spin that included cowboy-style ankle boots with stiletto heels, strong-shouldered blazers, rhinestone “jean jacket” dickeys zipped into faux shearling. “The Veronicas aren’t the only designers feeling for the ‘80s and Western vibes this season, but as a brand rooted in feminine, modern staples, it’s a departure.”

Etro Fall/Winter 2018 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

Woman FW 2018 Etro
Woman FW 2018 Etro
Woman FW 2018 Etro

For this collection, Veronica Etro “found inspiration in the long shadows and dusty colourscapes of wide western landscapes wrapped up in the graphic Patterns range from graphic checkerboard detailing to sweeping mirage-like landscapes.”

Accessories reflected the arts and craft traditions and included fringed leather saddlebags with braided straps, adorned with needlepoint designs or patchwork velvet and felt.

The jewelry is chunky but restrained and incorporates turquoise, coral and tiger’s eye stones. Arrow brooches are pinned to lapels, boots are in soft calfskin leather or suede and shoulders are draped with blanket-like knit shawls with wide suede fringe as well as colorful ponchos.

DSQUARED2 Fall Ready-To-Wear 2018

Dsquared2 Fall 2018
Dsquared2 Fall 2018
Dsquared2 Fall 2018

Dsquared2’s Fall collection featured cowboy boots, layered beaded shirting, jodhpur combat pants, and wide-skirted saloon queen gowns.

Isabel Marant Fall Ready-To-Wear 2018

Isabel Marant Fall Ready-To-Wear 2018
Dsquared2 Fall 2018
Dsquared2 Fall 2018

This season, Isabel Marant’s collection was inspired by the American West. “Cowboys of every stripe have been on the fashion landscape lately, particularly among European designers. Marant picked up the thread of all the most distinctive Southwestern leitmotifs as far as clothing, with denim shirting, blanket coats, and chunky knits that riffed on Pendleton-inflected patterns. “

How to Dress Western Style 2018

Western-style may sound a little over the top for some people, but broken down into separate wardrobe components, it can provide an instant refresher to your look.

The designers take can feel a bit overwhelming in day-to-day life, but they do provide us with a good starting point where we can interpret the trends for ourselves.

It’s not necessary to avoid the Western look altogether. Rather, incorporate subtle elements such as pairing cowboy boots with a floral dress, or adding a western belt to suit trousers. Add accents with one or two pieces only.

The look can be easily be paired down with silver-buckled belts, indigo jewelry, and cowboy boots polished to perfection. Invest in a few key pieces such as a crisp over-stitch denim shirt and a pair of heavy silver hoops for quiet glamour that packs a punch.

“From tailored yokes to studs and statement detailing with a Wild West sensibility, the Western moment is happening everywhere. From the runways of Paris to Milan to New York City, Western-inspired fashion is having a major moment. With roots in the iconic looks worn by cowboys and the pioneering settlers of the Great Plains, the newest styles incorporate signature elements such as sharp tailoring, flowing silhouettes, and calico prints, giving them a luxe, modern update.” ~ Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing.

Prepare to take your style out West with fall’s big boot trend. If you have ever wanted to purchase a stunning pair of cowboy boots, this would be a perfect time. There will be western-style boots galore for fall, from buckles and fringe to streamlined and modern.

This season’s it bag has a sophisticated look straight out of Nashville with a leather saddle crossbody. Many have round silhouettes or tailored shapes with buckled shoulder straps, fine leather, and subtle stud details. Pair with other western-inspired pieces that exude a minimalist approach to this trend, and you’re off to the races.

Western Style Clothing & Accessories


Bobila, Maria. March 7, 2018. Designers Want You to Saddle Up and Go West for Fall 2018. Fashionista.

Vogue UK. 18 Ways to Take On The Western Trend.

Vogue. Etro Fall/Winter 2018 Women’s Collection – Milan Fashion Week. 

Leitch, Luke. Vogue. Milan, January 14,2018. DSQUARED2 Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear. 

Nnadi, Chioma. Paris, March 1,2018. Isabel Marant Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear. Vogue.

Farra, Emily. Vogue. Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear Veronica Beard. February 13, 2018. https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2018-ready-to-wear/veronica-beard

Nnadi, Chioma, February 13,2018. Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear Coach 1941. Vogue.