Western Wear for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Footwear
Quote of the day: “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra
As I’ve said time and time again, I always love a good challenge. So when a lovely reader named Janet, asked if I could style Western Wear, I thought I might as well go gung-ho and fashion an entire series around the subject.
My goal for this series was to try to put together the western pieces in a somewhat modern style. I didn’t want us to look like we were dressing up for a costume party (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). And considering that one of my favorite words in styling lately is dichotomy—I thought this might actually work.
So the toughest part of this challenge for me was to come up with three separate categories using what the three of us already had in our closets! And I’m sure many of you might think that since we live in Denver, Colorado (the wild, wild West) that we’d have a ton of western style items! Well, we really don’t. Denver is not the cow town that many imagine anymore. Certainly there still are those people that still own horses in the outlining suburbs, but with the growth that Denver has seen in the last 10 years, it’s less and less.
Thus my first thought when coming up with the Western Wear categories was footwear. Only because you know (if you’ve been reading awhile) how much I love my shoes!! And to add in variety, I made sure we didn’t all wear cowboy boots!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: First, the story behind these boots! They are probably 30 years old, and I fell in love with them one year in college! I can’t remember the specifics except that they were $50 (a lot of money at the time) and I vacillated for weeks before actually buying them. And as good as I am about purging clothing that I don’t wear anymore, I have hung onto these time and time again! You can see they are denim, with the pockets & belt loops included! I just think they are the most ingenious pair of boots ever!
I added my chambray shirt dress as a duster over my white shirt & jeans. The true reasoning behind this was the fact we were going out to eat, and I knew that the restaurant would be chilly! Especially since my new shirt that mom made is sleeveless!!
Dress as Duster: Banana Republic (similar here in a darker wash and here in a lighter wash but doesn’t button all the way down)~~Jeans: LOFT (here)~~Top: Mom made (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here with sparkles or here as an UGG)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy doesn’t have a pair of tall cowboy boots in her closet. However, she bought these ankle boots last winter and I thought they’d be perfect for variety sake of our Western Wear theme.
I paired them with her skinny jeans (rolled up to show off the boots better) and a colorful blouse. I picked this blouse because it had details of the darker brown in it. But from far away you certainly don’t pick up on that very easily. I might consider the boots a little too dark for this outfit now that I look back. What do you think?
Jeans: Chaps (similar here)~~Top: Lemon Grass (similar here)~~Boots: White Mountain (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here not as sparkly)~~Earrings: (similar here under $10)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Of course my mother still has her cowboy boots from 35 years ago when we traveled to New Mexico and visited the Dingo store. I even think I got a pair at the same time on that trip. However, since I wear a larger size now, they have been given away.
Mom’s fringe skirt was her first suggestion to pair with the boots. Did you see the post on how I made the skirt here? Even though I didn’t want us to appear too western, I thought the two looked fine together.
Jude (my blogette): I keep telling Jude she’s a natural for this fashion blogging thing—she has all the same categories that I’ve been publishing! Here she is in her print boots embracing the Western Wear theme!!
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Low or high—there are some interesting western wear footwear design available: