On trend, I am not a huge fan of this teeny phrase, it implies that we will somehow be untrendy at a particular point in the very near future. My aim with style is to always be just a little off kilter to nay major trends that come through each season and to give advice and tips to keep your own personal look feeling current, fresh and modern for as long as possible. With late summer now upon us, it’s a reasonably good time to look towards autumnal styles and ones which you can work into your existing wardrobe, I love transitional pieces as much as I love day to night pieces. One of the “trends” on the catwalks was  a revamp of the western look, but making a bit more open to your interpretation, as opposed to wearing it too literally, by going down the more edgy prairie route, with plenty of denim, puffed sleeves, ruffles and tiers. By being subtle in your approach to the westernization of your wardrobe, you can buy pieces now that will see you through season after season.

These are my finds of the week to keep your look youthful and ones that you can mix in with your current wardrobe treasures.

Lets all give a round of applause to Gap for this magnificent plaid blouse with puff sleeves. It has everything you need to update your denim and is an absolute steal at $48.00!! Also in red plaid.Dress down with white sneakers for day and add some slinky heels for a twist on night time glam.

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This rich chocolate hued dress from And Other Stories ($119.00) is a more grown up way to tap into the prairie girl look. The fabric has a metallic sheen and a jacquard plaid design. The midi length makes it perfect for dressed up or dressed down looks. Either give an edge with sneakers or ankle boots, or add a touch of sophistication with heeled sandals, but steer clear of being tempted to wear a wedge with this dress, the trick to giving this a modern feel is to keep it looking sleek and elegant.

www.stories.com

Denim gets the utility treatment by 7 For All Mankind with these dark rinse wash, high waisted jeans  with a wide, straight leg($229.00).Give them a feminine look with coloured suede point toe heels, or flat mules.

www.7forallmankind.com

How wide do you dare? These super wide palazzo , high waist jeans by Frame ($260.00) are easier to wear than you think, keep the top half lean and either wear  a more fitted, shorter length jacket with a puff shoulder to elongate and balance out the width, or keep your tops tucked until the weather cools for layering.

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This See By Chloe mini “Joan” crossbody bag ($295.00) gives just enough of a  hint towards a western theme, but stays perfectly on the peripheral to ensure it won’t date.

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White leather point toe booties by Sigerson Morrison ($350.00) are a step away from the cowboy look, wear with tailored pants and midi skirts to give a stylish edge.

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The punk element of these Toga cut out point toe pumps ($393.00) makes them easy to work into so many looks. Yes, there are western style factors at play here, but it wouldn’t be overkill to wear with denim, or plaid. These would look fantastic worn with a slim, (faux) leather pant and a white, victoriana blouse.

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The perfect blouse by WARM ($395.00) with a rich, Bordeaux  hue as the backdrop for the more folksy print. The flounce hemline and full sleeves  with a pussy bow collar give it a 70’s/80’s twist.Surprisingly, I all for this collar, somehow the colour and style of the blouse stops it being too prissy on someone older. Wear with denim, or (faux) leather.

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For me, this Paper London skirt ($398.00) is everything you need in a skirt . The below calf length, the high waist with the belt to really cinch you in, the gold button and contrast stitch  are giving all kinds of wearable options. Wear with the Gap plaid shirt (featured earlier) and sneakers,  a simple tee and cropped blazer (see the one featured below), or go all out for evening glam with silver metallic point toe stilettos and a silk cami. I could go on, because this skirt is giving me 30’s,40’s,50’s and 70’s vibes.

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The perfect paid blazer. by Smythe ($695.00), so flattering with the cut away front, the one button fastening and those  wide lapels alongside the puffed up shoulders. This is the shape to go for to amp up your jacket game and because of the cut and shape, to will work with dresses, skirts, slim and wide leg pants and denim . A worthy investment.

www.shopsmythe.com

Happy Friday and hope you have enjoyed my take on western styling. Keep crushing those ageist style boundaries.

Max.x

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