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How to Work the Western Look with These Country-Cool Pieces

Whether you’re channeling Lil Nas X or Luke Bryan, these hats, jackets and jeans will help you achieve a little bit (or a lot) of country

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Lil Nas X certainly isn’t the first to cross country music lines, but the “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” rapper is likely among the few to make a fashionable foray into western wear. After teaming with Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road” in 2019, the musician (né Montero Hill) quickly dropped a collaboration with Wrangler for fans looking to recreate their own version of cowboy-cool.

If you’re wondering how to work the western look (without going full giddy-up), there are plenty of options for channeling your inner cowpoke or country music star. Whether you’re going for a Nashville aesthetic, farmhand-inspired festival style, or a hip-hop cowboy look, we’ve rounded up a handful of stylish pieces for adding a western touch to your wardrobe — check out our fashionable favorites below.

1. Brixton x Fender Paycheck Cowboy Hat

Part of Fender’s collaboration with music-inspired brand Brixton, this wide brim felt hat (made from sustainable, cruelty-free wool) will top off any look with a bit of country twang. This gray topper has a debossed leather band with a logo pin, and it’s even got two handy spots inside the band for holding guitar picks during your next jam session.

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Buy: Brixton x Fender Paycheck Cowboy Hat at $129

2. Wrangler Men’s Contrast Trim Western Flap Pocket Shirt

You don’t have to hop on a horse to look cool in Wrangler’s cotton twill button-down shirt. The slim fit, western front yoke, buttoned chest pockets (aptly featuring a “W”-embroidered design), and contrast stitching all combine to create a modern rodeo-ready look that still feels casual for everyday wear.

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Buy: Wrangler Western Flap Pocket Shirt at $49

3. Polo Ralph Lauren Garrison Belt

If you’re looking for an elevated equine aesthetic, add an Americana finish to your outfit with Polo Ralph Lauren’s luxe leather belt. This cowhide piece has an antiqued texture and subtle western-inspired embroidery, and it’s finished with a sturdy two-prong metal buckle.

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Buy: Polo Ralph Lauren Garrison Belt at $85

4. Rails Felix Plaid Button-Down Flannel Shirt

Few pieces have attained regular rotation among musicians like the humble plaid flannel shirt, which has become a mainstay among country stars. This button-down by L.A.-based label Rails features a bold navy and red plaid print on soft cotton, and the classic fit gives wearers a cool and casual look. Wear it with rolled-up sleeves for a more relaxed aesthetic, or keep it buttoned up for laid-back days at the office.

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Buy: Rails Felix Plaid Flannel Shirt at $128

5. Filson Dry Tin Cloth Ranch Jacket

Filson’s outdoors-ready outerwear and durable goods have earned the heritage brand a rightful spot in every cowboy’s closet. This Dry Tin Cloth Ranch Jacket is constructed from the company’s signature cotton duck material sourced from England. This garment has an unwaxed, dry finish and DWR coating, so it feels sturdy and breathable while being resistant to water, stains, tears, and abrasions whether you’re out in the elements or running errands.

It’s lined with eight-ounce corduroy for warmth and comfort, you’ve got one chest pocket and two snap-closure cargo pockets and side compartments offer plenty of space for stowing away tools (or your phone, keys, and wallet).

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Buy: Filson Dry Tin Cloth Ranch Jacket at $225

6. Levi’s Oversize Type II Trucker Jacket

The Levi’s trucker jacket has achieved cult status for a reason. This oversized version of the San Francisco-based brand’s original Type II Trucker (from their Made & Crafted line) boasts double pleating on the front, tapered “V” stitching, flap-closure chest pockets, and sturdy metal hardware — all details that have made this a genre-bending closet staple for everyone from Keith Urban to the Haim sisters.

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Buy: Levi's Oversize Type II Trucker Jacket at $248

7. Ariat Circuit Reinsman Western Boot

Equestrians love Ariat’s tough-as-nails footwear, and the brand’s Circuit Reinsman western boots are made for walking in comfort. These full-grain lined leather boots are 10 inches tall and feature Ariat’s proprietary 4LR technology for all-day support and cushioning. They’re finished with a non-slip Duratread heel and durable outsole that resists damage from wear.

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Buy: Ariat Circuit Reinsman Western Boot at $170

8. Lee Men’s Regular Fit Straight Leg Jeans

If you’re going for a classic blue-collar look, try these straight-leg blue jeans by Lee. This denim pair has a slight stretch, so they have a regular fit that’s designed for comfort and movement. The five-pocket style also adds a casual touch.

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Buy: Lee Men's Regular Fit Straight Leg Jeans at $25+

9. Paige Federal Slim Straight Leg Jeans

For a more fitted silhouette, we’re fans of these slim straight leg denim pants by California-based label Paige. These jeans are tailored from the knee to the ankle and fit comfortably from the hip to the thigh, and the dark indigo makes them suitable for those dressier (but still casual) occasions.

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Buy: Paige Federal Slim Straight Leg Jeans at $209

10. Saint Laurent Straw Cowboy Hat

For a rockstar-meets-Wild West vibe, look to the iconic luxury label Saint Laurent to top off your look. In addition to edgy je ne sais quois from the French, creative director Anthony Vaccarello took inspiration from cowboy culture as well as Yves Saint Laurent’s own style. This black straw hat checks off the yeehaw and high-fashion boxes, thanks to the slightly curved brim, grosgrain band, and luxe silver hardware.

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Buy: Saint Laurent Straw Cowboy Hat at $1142

11. Rockmount Men’s Out of This World Shirt

Post Malone and Lil Nas X have been known to sport intricately embellished Nudie-inspired suits — but if you’re looking to make a decidedly more casual statement, opt for Rockmount’s authentic western shirts. (David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, and Elvis Presley all wore the Denver-based company.) This celestial-themed button-down has round pearl snap buttons, smile pockets with embroidered arrow detailing, shotgun cuffs, and contrast piping, and the outer space motif continues on the shirt’s embroidered back yoke. It’s made of gabardine cotton twill, so the quality feels substantial.

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Buy: Rockmount Out of This World Shirt at $162

12. Stetson Open Road Royal Deluxe Hat

No western-inspired wardrobe is complete without Stetson, the 1885-founded company that invented the cowboy hat as we know it. The brand’s iconic Open Road hat fuses the western spirit with city folk sensibilities, with felt fabric that offers flexibility and durability and classic touches like a grosgrain hatband. This topper has a satin lining for comfort and a Stetson pin for cowboy cred. (Though it’s worth noting that the company is no longer owned by the Stetson family and operates as a licensed name.)

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Buy: Stetson Open Road Royal Hat at $230

13. Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Color-Blocked Fitted Shirt

For a minimalist spin on western style, throw on this color-blocked shirt from Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, the American fashion brand’s runway collection that was helmed by Belgian creative director Raf Simons. (The company decided to shutter the collection in 2019, so this is your last chance to own a piece of the American West-inspired line.) This luxe navy button-down features light blue panels, two chest pockets, a classic collar, and a sleek fitted silhouette for a modern aesthetic.

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Buy: Calvin Klein Color-Blocked Shirt at $392

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