Cowboy boots are fun to wear, but I recently discovered I’ve been wearing them wrong—all wrong. Fortunately, help is on the way. Some of the top designers including Calvin Klein and Fendi are about to send cowboy boots down the runway this spring and you know what that means; our sacred footwear is about to get a makeover.
- Don’t go for the costume-y look. If you’re wearing boots, avoid cowboy hats, ponchos, spurs, prairie dresses and overalls or you’ll end up looking ready for Halloween.
- Leave the accessories at home. (I think this means don’t wear your diamonds.)
- Avoid fringes and sequins (ruffled skirts, okay)
- You can’t go wrong with jeans (not the faded ones) and turtlenecks. If you’re brave or immune to stares, you can even wear boots with shorts.
- Pair cowboy boots with animal prints.
If you’ve been wearing your boots all wrong, chances are the same can be said for the guys in your life. According to fashion pundits, men should adhere to the following guidelines unless working on the range:
- Avoid dressing like Woody in Toy Story. Ditch the bolo tie and chaps.
- Forget the spurs (unless you’re playing a bad guy in a movie).
- Hats are okay if you going to a rodeo or rounding up cattle. Otherwise, leave at home.
- Avoid light colored jeans. Dark fitted jeans are best paired with cowboy boots.
- If you’re wearing a tux, only black cowboy boots will do (polished to a shine).
Men, if this is too much for you, don’t despair. Everyone loves Woody. As for the rest of us, Happy Halloween.
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