On the Western Front

I think I loved my little white tasseled cowboy boots when I was 7 years old more than I love my Louboutins now. My mother was obsessed with Dale Evans. My favorite Madonna era was her “Ray of Light” album when she single-handedly brought back fitted Western shirts and faded boot-cut jeans. My part-Native American boyfriend spent much of his teenage years on a ranch in Wyoming (I have called him “my cowboy” since the day we met). And most relevantly, we just binged watched the first season & a half of Kevin Costner’s “Yellowstone” TV series in three days.

So it should come as no surprise that I am suddenly re-inspired by anything Western influenced. I am coveting anything leather, want all fitted jackets with strong shoulders and embroidery on the back, am drawn to any type of plaid, can’t stop looking for accessories with horse-bit motifs, am busting out all of my turquoise jewelry, and just browsed horsehair rugs for my dining room. Couple all this with the fact that one of the biggest trends for Fall is animal prints, you should have seen me nearly fall off my chair when I saw this crossbody handbag from See by Chloe. With a modern twist on a classic silhouette, a body of leopard-print calf hair and black leather, and gold hardware that looks like it was taken right off a saddle, this is, quite simply…my new dream bag. Its sturdy cross-body strap is removable to make this into a perfectly oversized clutch (swoon…!), and it works as such a beautiful, strong anchor for so many completely different looks. Throw on a brightly colored silk maxi dress with platform heels and a shrunken denim jacket with this as a clutch now, or try it with the long strap later in the fall with dark skinny jeans, an off-white bell-sleeved blouse, a furry vest and wedge-heeled boots.

And if you watch “Yellowstone,” just know the insanely Western-chic Beth Dutton character would be proud 😉

~ Alison.

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