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Would You Wear.. a Western Button-Up Shirt?


Western Button Up Shirts
Photo Credits: 1, 2

Chances are, you’ve got a pair of cowboy boots in your closet. Whether your boots are well-worn and loved or rarely see the light of day, it’s safe to say you’ve tried the western trend at one point or another. One such trend, western button-up shirts, will be hot for Fall/Winter ’12, and is perfect to try right now!

The western look is big with designers: Isabel Marant recently sent numerous western shirts down her Fall/Winter ’12 runway, while True Religion and Ralph Lauren have based their entire brands on all-American style. Of course, designer western wear isn’t exactly practical: I can’t picture anyone who wears D&G or Isabel Marant wrangling calves in their fresh-of-the-runway designer duds. Leave the serious stuff to Stetson and Carhartt.

As a small town girl from the Midwest, I’m used to western wear. I love that cowgirl shirts are now cool, but the styles my Iowa friends wear will likely be very different than the ones my Los Angeles girls rock for a season or two. However, either camp can style these right – pairing a button-up with an A-line skirt or capris will give this backwoods look a fresh approach.

Western Button Up
Western tops shown on Isbabel Marant’s f/w 2012 runway and in street style looks. Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3

What are your thoughts on western button-up shirts?

Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts! Do you own any western button-ups?  If so, how do you wear them? What’s your favorite look above?

Posted on on March 20, 2012 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “Would You Wear.. a Western Button-Up Shirt?”

  1. 1
    March 20th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    No, definitely not my style.

  2. 2
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I was just thinking of getting one the other day, to add a bit of Firefly style to my wardrobe!

  3. 3
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I love western! I would definitely wear a western button-up shirt with jeans or a cute skirt. I would wear it line dancing, to a concert or even to work. If I were going dancing, I would also wear my favorite Bisadora hip purse (belt bag). I’d finish the look off with the perfect pair of boots or a real cut pair of wedges.

  4. 4
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    You know what? I don’t think I’d ever go ALL the way with western shirts (as in, I wouldn’t wear one with the stereotypical embroidery above the chest, like in the third picture). However, I do LOVE the fact that these shirts are more fitted (unlike the ‘boxy’ styles you can sometimes get!)

    So I think that if you style them right (roll up the sleeves, don’t button them up too high- maybe leave them halfway open with a tshirt underneath, like in the second picture?) then I would definitely get on this bandwagon! =]

  5. 5
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Definitely! I would definitely try them with the A-line skirt…I honestly don’t think they’re that horrible, I’d rock ‘em, like you said, for a season or two.

  6. 6
    March 20th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I like wearing them with something ultra-feminine to help balance out the outfit. I wear them with skirts. I also have paired them with some leather leggings and short boots for a night out, rocker sort of outfit.

  7. 7
    March 20th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Caitlyn, I read your fidm posts and would love to talk with you about your experience. I am a current high school senior and looking to apply (LATE i know!!) to fidm because my dream is in the fashion industry. I would love some personal insight from you to gain a better feel for the school and how it was for you! Also I read how you were an out of state student like me so your advice would be great. Thanks so much!!

  8. 8
    March 20th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I love this look!

  9. 9
    March 20th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Definitely! (And that’s not just because I’m a Texan…very few people in my city ever actually wear anything like this.) But they are nicely fitted, and the embroidery can be so feminine, delicate, and folk-y. I’d love one either in eyelet or with eyelet accents. I’d pair it with an A-line or floaty skirt, tights, and probably oxfords or my Victorian-esque lace up boots, but in either dark or pastel colors, so it didn’t go too bright and saloon-y with the vintagey boots.

  10. 10
    March 20th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    They’re really cute :) , but not really my style. Great post!

  11. 11
    March 20th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks everyone for all of the comments.. love hearing the feedback, as I’m totally considering purchasing one myself. : )

    Shannon, feel free to contact me at caitlyngordon at gmail dot com. I’m always happy to help share about my experiences at FIDM!


  12. 12
    March 21st, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I’m from the Midwest so I wouldn’t want to go too far with the cowboy shirt trend. I might try a cute, short-sleeved version though.

  13. 13
    March 21st, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I totally would! :D

  14. 14
    March 26th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Honestly…have they ever gone completely out of fashion? That’s like saying that the boho look is in or out. I don’t it will ever really be “out”. I’ve been consistently wearing western shirts for the last several years (and have had no issues finding them at your typical department stores). I’m especially fond of fitted, short-sleeved ones that are typically plaid.

    On the other hand…I’m not fond of long-sleeved western shirts and was considering getting rid of my bubblegum pink satin one just the other day. Hmmm…

  15. 15
    May 10th, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I have a theory denim shirt and find it hard to style. I wear it with black skinnies like this picture or I tie it 80s style with a skirt.

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