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Denim Trends in Western Fashion for Men and Women


December 6, 2021

Cowboy and cowgirls posing in denim

In today’s fashion frontier, the Western style has galloped into the minds and hearts of those who yearn for the Wild West style. Denim’s versatility, durability, and timeless style make it a must-have item to complete any cowboy or country gal look.

Paired with a cowboy hat, embroidered shirt, and breathable workwear pieces, denim can bring together your look with its rugged and sleek aesthetic. Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to wear denim? Explore these denim trends to elevate your Western style.

The Rise of Western Fashion

Western girls dancing in denim jeans

Originally designed to handle the work environment of the Wild West and the harsh trek toward the California Gold Rush, western wear such as wide-brim hats, vests with pockets, chaps, and cowboy boots were more functional than stylish.

Over time, Western fashion has grown to mythic proportions due to Western movies popularized in the 1950s, country music, and, of course, Western-inspired fashion that keeps the tradition alive. As trends have come and gone, denim has remained a constant.

The Western trend has caught fire in runways and Instagram feeds of musicians, celebrities, and influencers like Lil Nas X, Lady Gaga, and Gigi Hadid. Think fringe suede jackets, cowboy boots, prairie dresses, and cowboy hats.

Americana-inspired fashion has taken over, and you, too, can tap into the rodeo fever with Western-inspired silhouettes, fabrics, and prints. A rugged and stylish denim item such as a denim jacket or straight-cut jeans are essential to complete the look.

Denim Trends for Western Style

Denim is a strong fabric made of cotton, popularized as workwear and now a staple in most closets. For modern cowboys, the material is functional and stylish. Whether you are out on the farm or on a coffee run, this fabric can make the ultimate casual piece.

In modern Western fashion, denim can be subtle or bold, muted or bright, and form-fitting or loose. There are so many ways to style your Western ensemble. Keeping up with the latest trends can keep your look fresh and exciting.

Flared Denim

Flared denim is a classic choice that has endured evolving trends over time. Striking and bold, flared jeans are a loud and proud statement item. Its daring hemline and wider pant leg can pair well with your cowboy boots and a tucked-in, slim-cut shirt.

Rock and Roll Cowgirl High Wash Charcoal Wash Flare Leg Jeans, WHN4145

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Rock and Roll Cowgirl Ladies Bargain Bell Mid-Rise Flare Pull On Dark Wash Denim, W1P6102

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Rock and Roll Cowgirl Ladies Pecan Brown Bargain Bell High Rise Flare, WPH1709

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Rock and Roll Cowgirl Ladies Light Wash High Rise Flare Jeans, WHN8194

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Bootcut

Bootcut jeans are not quite as wide or large as flared ones but provide a slight flare from the ankle and below. The classic bootcut can be paired with a tucked-in, plain white tee and a wide-brim hat.

Ariat Ladies R.E.A.L. Mid Rise Arrow Fit Stretch Shayla Boot Cut Jean, 10030259

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Wrangler Ladies' Mid-Rise Boot Cut Jeans, 09MWZDO

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Ariat Men's Rebar Fashion M4 Lowrise Boot Cut Jeans, 10016221

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Wrangler Men's Retro Slim Fit Bootcut Jeans, 77MWZ

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Straight Leg

Straight-leg jeans are seeing a resurgence in popularity. They are flattering on any body type and provide a sharp silhouette over most body shapes. While they are not as easy to get over cowboy boots like flared jeans, they can with a bit more work.

Wrangler Ladies' Mid-Rise Straight Leg Jeans, 09MWTMS

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Ariat Ladies R.E.A.L. Mid Rise Stretch Ivy Stackable Straight Leg Jean, 10024300

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Ariat Men's M5 Straight Carson Stackable Jean, 10032318

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Ariat Men's M5 Legacy Slim Straight Jeans, 10022784

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Barrel Jeans

Barrel jeans provide a cool and smart silhouette for Western clothing. Barrel jeans feature a higher-than-normal rise, cropped pant legs, and a wide cut. Elevate a pair of barrel jeans with some cowboy boots to embrace your inner rodeo girl, and switch out with your combat boots when you are looking for a bit of an edge.

High-Rise and Mid-Rise

Mid-rise and high-rise jeans are making a comeback and can be worn throughout the year to keep your Western look intact. Also known as “mom jeans,” high-rise jeans work for everyday wear with a tucked-in top. Add a cute Western belt to your high-rise fit.

Mid-rise jeans sit between your waist and hips, not up by your belly button like high-rise jeans. Mid-rise jeans are a flattering option to pair with your denim jacket and other Western-inspired pieces in your wardrobe.

Washes

Girls fashionably wearing denim jeans

Choosing the right type of denim wash can help you bring your style together. Denim can be left untreated to maintain a dark color or be washed several times to produce a faded look. Light washes are trending, but any wash can work for this style.

Dark wash, also known as raw denim, is an untreated and relatively stiff option, commonly found in straight-cut jeans. Dark denim is an excellent piece of workwear apparel that can keep you warm in the cold and stand up to some wear and tear.

Medium-wash denim has a lighter hue and is the perfect tone of blue that can be paired with various colors, styles, and textures for a casual look.

A light wash denim has a pale blue hue that is not quite as light as bleached denim. It is a perfect casual fit found in shirts, jackets, and pants. Jazz up your light denim items with some raw hems and looser pant cuts. Lighter denim can work well with darker denim to create a striking contrast

Raw Hemline

Give your Western look an even more relaxed vibe with the raw hemline trend. Raw hems provide a casual fray at the bottom of a piece of denim. Whether you are going with a light wash jean for an ultra-casual look or an elevated pair of black jeans for a sleek and timeless look, a raw hemline adds a bit of texture to the fabric.

Extra Stretch

If your lifestyle requires a lot of movement and flexibility, the extra-stretch denim trend can provide a compromise between durability and comfort without sacrificing quality.

Jeans with an extra bit of stretch can provide superior comfort and flexibility without losing their shape over time. Denim can be made using an elastic and synthetic fiber such as spandex.

How to Embrace the Western Fashion Trend

Ultimately, trends come and go, but the western style is here to stay. Go all-in on the Western trend and make it your own with a personal flair.

If you want to wear the Western look, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Cowboy Boots

Tuck in skinny jeans inside your boots, or wear a looser cut such as a flared bottom to give your boots plenty of room to breathe. Cowboy boots are a necessary piece of ranchwear that can be paired with complementary colors and textures.

Cowboy Hat

A cowboy hat can add an Americana flair to any outfit. If you do not want to go overboard with the Western look, keep the rest of your ensemble simple. A white t-shirt, a flannel shirt, and your favorite work boots can do just the trick.

Fringe Jackets

A fringe jacket can be a statement piece for your cowboy attire. Tap into your inner Dolly Parton with fringe jackets in whatever color suits your fancy. Go black for a timeless choice or white for a minimalist feel. Brown suede is synonymous with Western wear.

Shop Wilco Farm Stores for All Your Denim Needs

Complete your Western look at Wilco Farm Stores. We have a wide range of Western-inspired tops, bottoms, boots, hats and accessories to complete your look. Bolo ties, cowboy hats, and denim everything. Shop for a variety of denim wear from classic designers like Wrangler, Kimes Ranch, Ariat, and Rock and Roll.

Show us your denim style, use #mywilcolife on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and tag Wilco stores.

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