A European cowgirl, right? What the heck is that? I can hear the doubt, after all there’s nothing more American than the western/southern/cowboy phenomena. But when I stumbled upon King Ranch Saddle Shop – which cannot be more Southern American I guess 🙂 -, I just had to write my own post about what I think, and how I imagine an European cowgirl. Because I love the whole thing, it’s a part of my aesthetic and my everyday wardrobe (the proof is coming later! :)). Of course – as I’m not a Texan, moreover I’m not an American – I created this post based on my own taste and style. My European taste and style. Well, my Eastern- European taste and style :). And now here you have this mix which is a part from here and there and I couldn’t love it more.
The American cowboy and cowgirl as we know them with the inevitable cowboy hats and boots.
The Hungarian Cowboys
To understand my attraction better, I have to admit that I’m a Sagittarius and if we believe in such things like astrology – just for the sake of argument -, I (and every Sagittarius) like everything which is unique, a bit extraordinary and characteristic. Like the minimal Scandinavian, the punk British, the ‘je ne sais quoi’ French, the oriental Japanese and the Southern/Western American style. Stereotypes, right? Maybe, but these are the good ones. As a Hungarian, a petite but pretty unique nation we don’t really have any. And you know what? I’m kinda missing it. But as you know at this point (at least if you read my previous post :)) we have something similar as a (used to be) nation of horses – like a ‘csikós’ who guarded the horses and ‘gulyás’, the traditional mounted cattle-herdsman.
The ‘Magyar Puszta’ aka the Hungarian Prairie with the ‘Gémes-kút’ (well) and the csikósok (horse herds). They are also pretty cool, have wide brimmed hats, boots, horses and a cattle but that’s the end of the similarities.
Lets face it, this whole Hungarian “cowboy” thing is kinda cool, but the clothes are not too fashionable, say at least, so I’d rather take something from here and there, especially if that something includes unique, cool, a bit edgy and comfy markers. After all, I’m not just Hungarian anymore. Although, I’m still proud of being Hungarian (and European), when I started learning and using English and eventually left my fatherland, I slowly become the child of the whole world, where are no boarders and no limits anymore. And well, the non stop broadband internet connection didn’t hurt either…
So when I became this don’t-forget-my roots-but-yet-so-international person why would’ve I stop there? Why couldn’t be the western or southern American style a part of me as well? Or the part of anybody else? If you like it, rock it.
The Elements of The Look
When I imagine the true unique western style in front of me what instantly comes to my mind, that’s the accessories like western style booties, wider belts with big buckles, bandannas and cowboy hats. All of them are truly unique, which actually had its practical purpose, when practicality was more important than fashion. The boots’ pointed toes helped guide the foot into the stirrup and the high heels kept the foot from slipping through the stirrup. The bandanna was multi functional: they used it from mopping up sweat to masking the face from dust storms or bank robbing :). And the cowboy hats which protected its wearer from the sun, overhanging brush, and the elements overall.
If you want the modern cowboy look you’ll need a good pair of cowboy boots, belt and denim.
My favorite are the boots which are so easy to build in to an everyday look without being too much. A good pair of boots or shoes can do all the difference and elevate the look the the next level. But I guess this is not a surprise anymore as I’ve always been an accessories-make-the-look kind of girl and don’t think that would ever change.
Inspirations From Runway To Street Style
While at the southern part of the US these clothes and accessories are still the parts of traditional and practical everyday wear, on the other parts of the world they have become the part of classic but edgy style. No wonder, that certain elements are used so much in the world of fashion. Over and over again. Think about Chanel, Isabel Marant, Chloe, Acne Studios and recently Vetements – just to name a few.
Vetements, Isabel Marant and the Chanel western inspired collections.
But models and bloggers (like me) love western influence too. Model Erin Wasson and blogger Jane Aldridge couldn’t be more Texan I guess, but they are quite different when it comes to styling these pieces. While Erin has an edgy, tomboyish style, Jane has a more girly and kinda fearless attitude, which means she likes to mix and match everything she finds nice (just look at that turquoise belt buckle in the montage below).
Also, there are no Texans and no Americans who can pull the look effortlessly like Swedish Elin Kling, Aussie Miranda Kerr and British Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. If you need proof, just look at the following pictures.
Everyone can pull these accessories off without looking like a real cowboy. 🙂
And this is what I like the most in these cowboyish accessories. They’ve elevated into world wide classics. Just one nice quality item can add that instant cool factor to any outfit without any effort. And this very item paired with the simplest girly or minimalist pieces can result a perfect trendy look without looking like a real cowboy from Texas, USA. Which is not a bad thing if you want to achieve that or you are real Texan Erin Wasson for example, but for a true European girl (like me), it would be way too much without being authentic. But when it comes to mixing styles, I’m in. Without a question.
So when I got the chance to write this very post, it wasn’t really difficult to make some outfits from my own existing wardrobe either. Moreover my mind had instantly started running and I came up with three different casual outfits in a moment. But more about those later when I’m gonna show them and analyze the reasons of my choices a bit more. Are you interested? 🙂 If yes, check back later on the week!
And tell me what do you think, do you like to experiment with cowboy looks?
Sources: wikipedia.org, vogue.co.uk and many others 🙂