Splurge, Steal, or Something Original: Urban Cowboy

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Fringed suede, metallics, rhinestones, fur, feathers and leather–the Spring 2011 Ralph Lauren Collection (you can see their ads in magazines) was all about urban cowboy. How to lasso the trend for yourself in an original fashion? Read on. Click on the images for a full view!

The Pants

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On the left, Siwy Jeans Hannah Skinny in Blackstorm, $218, available at and image courtesy of Siwy. On the right, Siwy Sequine Hannah Slim Crop Pants, $198, available at and image courtesy of ShopBop.

Steal

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On the left, Roxy Nine Days Denim, on sale for $65, image courtesy of RevolveClothing, and item available at Bluefly. On the right, Metallic Animal Print Legging, $48, image courtesy of and item available at Armani Exchange.

The Jacket

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On the left, Robert Rodriguez silk sequin blazer, $235, image courtesy of and item available at Yoox. On the right, Oasis Soft Stripe Faux Fur Coat, on sale for $121, image courtesy of ASOS.

Steal

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On the left, Warehouse Metallic Blazer, on sale for $176, image courtesy of ASOS. On the right, Andrea Behar Faux-Fur Beaded Jacket, on sale for $87, image courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

Make the Trend Your Own: The Original

I’m from Texas, so I’m in a unique position to help you westernize without commercializing. Did you know that people who compete in western showmanship competitions (on horses!) actually dress like the models in Ralph Lauren’s Spring campaign? Check out these stores for authentic westernwear, and while you’re at it try to find a horse and wear some of your purchases riding—it will lend a touch of authenticity to your look.

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Check out this Black Rainbow Glitz Blouse from Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle, $140.

If you go to the Ralph Lauren Collection and scroll through the runway images you’ll see tons of models wearing fringed leather jackets just like this, except way more expensive! This boar suede leather jacket with beaded fringe and nappa hand lacing from Gray Horse Trading Company.

Cavenders is the ultimate western-wear emporium where I’m from. There’s a Cavenders in every important Texas city, and also in lots of tiny cities. Cavenders would be a great place to accessorize your urban cowboy look or purchase just a touch of cowboy if you feel intimidated by the full-on trendy look. Check out the belt buckle and the floral boots. Floral patterns are absolutely in this spring–double trend whammy!

Ride ’em Cowgirl/boy! See ya next week!

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