The past few weeks I’ve seemed to have been in one of those moods where I couldn’t find anything in the shops that really appealed to me, apart from one dress I bought at Christmas. I don’t know what it is, but as soon as spring hit (in the stores, the weather has still very much felt like winter) I seem to have desired absolutely everything.
As much as I love snow, and have bought some amazing knitwear over the past few months, when it comes to style I really am more suited to the warmer seasons.
I’d probably describe my style as being quite floaty and bohemian, think Phoebe Bouffey meets Stevie Nicks and Florence Welsh. Which is why I have become a little bit obsessed with the new Western trend hitting the highstreet at the mo.
Boho style and florals come back every year for festival season, it’s pretty much a given, but as much as I adore it, year on year it is nice to be able to shake up those dresses in the wardrobe to make them a bit more current.
As soon as I started seeing western style clothing and accessories hitting the shelves, I knew I’d be able to have a little fun with it. Floral dresses have been reinvented in to old school prairie styles, if you’re old enough to remember, think Little House On The Prairie and seventies Laura Ashley frocks, if not definitely look them up because DREAMY!
I’ve had my eye on a few, but I fell head over heels in love with a ditsy sky blue number from Topshop, who btw have been killing it with this trend at the moment. I watched it everyday for about a month, eagerly awaiting pay day, and my size SOLD OUT just as I was about to buy it. After the heart break and checking the website multiple times a day, I managed to get hold of one! I did get it in a size bigger, but since it’s oversized in style anyway, it’s all cool!
It’s the perfect dress to pull out time and time again for through the day and for occasions too. I actually wore it to an awards ceremony when I bought it. I paired it with a pair of new fifties style sling backs, and a skinny black belt to cinch in the waist as I’m quite petite. I do want to get a western style cowboy belt which is a bit thicker which will hopefully make the look a little more badass and keep with the current trend, though I really did love the vintage vibes I was getting from the daintier accessories.
When wearing it through the day I’ll be pairing it will my trusty Chelsea ankle boots, and more than likely, a straw hat in the summer.
I really like that it’s just above the ankle, and adore the seventies tie neck detail which gives it a bit of a Stevie Nicks rock ‘n’ roll feel.
What’s great about this trend is that if you haven’t an awful lot of money you can just take out your trusty pair of jeans, or your staple floral dress, and accessorise it with themed belts and shoes. If you really love the trend and want to go all out, why not get some super cool cowboy boots (can’t believe I’m saying this I literally rinsed my boyfriend for wanting a pair last year) and pair them with a dress? They’ll add a fun edginess to any outfit.
I also invested in a cute af tee with embroidered horse detail and slogan because a) forever horsey gal and b) it’s just the cutest! It’s great for casual wear and looks awesome tucked in to some blue beat up jeans and ankle boots for a laid back American country vibe. I sort of feel like an 80s dad in the look, but I’m not mad about it.
I have to say I’m pretty enamoured by this new take on the boho trend and am certainly having fun playing around with it and reviving my old wardrobe faves.
That’s what’s great about this look, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to achieve it and you can be totally extra with it or simply accessorise for subtle nods to the trend.
I’ll definitely be looking out for some more country rodeo inspired items this Spring Summer, because I won’t lie, when I’m not in my jodhpurs, all I really want to wear is horse embroidered tee’s!