It’s over a month now since we returned from Texas and while at times it can feel like a lifetime ago, what I do remember is the distinctive style. In Austin, there was a certain rockabilly feel what with the long stretch of vintage shops in SoCo (South Congress). San Antonio has a South American feel, which was enhanced by the colourful riverwalk and warm weather.
And while Alpine and Big Bends was definitely more influenced by practicality rather than fashion, the cowboy fashion of jeans, hat and shirt tucked in with a belt to pull it all together was undeniably a look we encountered more than once. So when the King Ranch Saddle Shop, a store in Texas (yes Texas!) got in touch with me to see if I was interested in doing a post about the charming style of the south, I thought, well why the hell not? Here are my thoughts on bringing a bit of Texas into your everyday wear.
- Cowboy boots
One of the easiest ways to bring some Southern charm into your everyday attire is through a pair of cowboy boots. Now if anyone has seen that How I Met Your Mother episode, don’t fret, I’m not talking red cowboy boots that make you stand out like a sore thumb but delicately embroidered footwear that enhance rather than distract from your usual outfit. And if you read my post on SS16 footwear styles, then you’ll know that these boots were made for walking in this season.
When it comes to casual wear nothing beats a pair of jeans that fit. Hardwearing and flattering, they work with just about anything – from smart shirt to t-shirt. Texas being cowboy country was all about Wranglers and Lee jeans but my absolute steal while I was out there was a pair of Levi jeans for less than $20.
- Embroidered gear
Alongside jeans and cowboy boots, another top buy is a piece of embroidered apparel. You could always go the whole hog and opt for a shirt but if this is too full-on a simple scarf will remind you of a time when you roamed around the Lone State on your travels.
- Quilted vest
You may not think of it as an essential in the desert but it can get quite cool out there after dark. A quilted vest will help stave off the chill and can also look stylish if you choose a lighter version.
- Knee-length tunic
Wear over leggings or a bikini at the beach a knee-length tunic is such an easy piece of clothing to wear and can be really flattering.
All images apart from the boots come from King Ranch Saddle Shop, Texas.
- Cowboy boots