Trend Report: Return of the Cowboy

January 22, 2018
return of the cowboy boot trend

Another year, another reinvention of a trend, this year sees the return of the classic cowboy boot. The much-loved footwear style made an appearance at New York fashion week back in September 2017 and was seen on the catwalk for designers including; R13 and Calvin Klein, as well as style spotted on blogger Jan Quammie pre-show. 

Dubbed ‘the only shoe that matters by Maire Claire, STYLEetc discusses the return of the cowboy boot for 2018.

cowboy boot trend 2018

Return of the Cowboy

A versatile structure, even when daringly styled the cowboy boot manages to look cool, reducing chance of fashion faux pas and increasing wear for value.

Easily  paired with boot cut jeans, a multitude of skirts or a bohemian dress, the cowboy boot will become a staple for upcoming SS18 wear. 

The trend made its comeback at Hood by streetwear brand ‘Air’ last September where the brand presented a rather bizarre looking boot that faced forwards and backwards at the same time in mirror-like fashion. Later, Phoebe Philo (Celine) and Raf Simons (Calvin Klein) both latched on to the Texan trend with both reins to create their S/S 18 collections, bringing the shoe back to the forefront of design and seeing the eventual trickle effect down through to the high street.

Ways to Wear

  • Give your relaxed shirt and jeans style a western feel, perfect for those shopping trip days or a casual lunch with friends.
  • It’s almost time for festival season and events as such are the perfect place to let your inner bohemian goddess shine through. Pair your boots with boho inspired clothing, whether that’s a dress, skirt, shorts. Comfy and fashionable, you’ll be able to dance the day and night away.
  • With spring is swiftly on the way, we still have those cold, crisp days. Cowboy boots are the perfect accessory to give your transitional outfit a giddy up.
  • Nostalgic cinema always proves a trove for inspiration,  from 50s Hollywood films American Graffiti to being part of the ‘post-hippy aesthetic’ in the 70s. The cowboy boot was a symbol of female sexuality in the 90s/00s where they could be seen on Britney Spears, who wore them with a bikini and Kylie Minogue who wore them with just her underwear.
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So what for 2018?

Many designers have already incorporated cowboy boots into their shows as shown in New York fashion week, just a lick of things to come. We can certainly expect to see a lot of them this year, working there way into typically reworked boho aesthetic, but what excites us is the potential to mix genres and see styling re-imagined for a contemporary view. 

To be in on this trend fast you better get your boots walking to the nearest high street or online store to shop.

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