No matter what your stance is on the “core” aesthetics that have been unfolding on the fashion scene, it’s clear that they are arriving at a record speed as the trend cycle moves at a rapid pace. The latest among them: Westerncore. Call it the Yellowstone effect. This is one “core” aesthetic, however, that I expect to stick around since the items are rooted in iconic designs that also double as cool, foundational wardrobe pieces.
For several seasons, we’ve seen the rise of cowboy boots and denim button-down shirts as they have become staples in the fashion insider wardrobe. Brands including Khaite and Celine have been endorsing Western-inspired fashion with cool designer takes that reimagine heritage pieces with contemporary spins. More Western fashion pieces have entered the equation recently—from silver buckled belts to bags with whipstitched details—making a case that this isn’t just a “flash in the pan” trend. Ahead are the key items to add to your cart that embody the Western fashion trend.
New-to-the-scene brands including Dehanche and Silver Ostrich have some of the most covetable belts of the moment. The pieces—finished with silver-tipped hardware and elegantly engraved buckles—are the ultimate statement item to pair with everything from tailored trousers to vintage jeans.
Cowboy boots have been on the rise over recent years, thanks in part to designs such as the Dallas boots from Khaite that are finished with an architectural kitten heel and nipped-in square toes to put a modern spin on the iconic shoe. You also can’t go wrong by scooping up heritage pieces from brands including Lucchese, whose centuries-old handcrafted techniques have been refined since the brand was founded in 1883.
We already named whipstitched details as one of the micro-trends to have on your radar in 2023 and it is yet another item that is bubbling up in the fashion community. You can find this artisanal detail on everything from knits to bags to boots and every version is worthy of adding to your closet.
Bring on the fringe! Whether in the form of a leather jacket or a plaid wool coat, outerwear with fringe is picking up steam as a way to pull together a seasonal look. Just add jeans or nipped-in pants to the Western fashion staple.
We’re seeing a rise in the Canadian tuxedo look, which counts the denim shirt as an integral component. But you really can’t wear it the wrong way—no matter if you’re styling one with a coordinating pair of jeans or a maxi skirt.