Pulling off the Modern Cowboy Look: What You Need in Your Wardrobe

Pulling off the Modern Cowboy Look: What You Need in Your Wardrobe

Pulling off the Modern Cowboy Look: What You Need in Your Wardrobe

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The modern cowboy look is, without a doubt, an incredibly stylish one. Dressing this way has become increasingly popular thanks to its rugged yet highly achievable look. 

You don’t need to have millions in the bank to pull off the modern cowboy look. All you need is a wardrobe that contains the essential garments. 


One of the most important parts of your cowboy toolkit, so to speak, is a pair of jeans. Whether your jeans are tailored, traditional denim jeans, tight or flared, they are essential. You simply cannot even begin to look like a modern cowboy if you don’t have a pair of jeans. 

While many people would point you in the direction of 501s, there are other brands of jeans that are just as good. Just make sure that you have at least three pairs if you want to carry off this look all of the time. 

Have one pair of jeans to wear, one being laundered, and another on standby when you need them. You may also want to consider wearing different colored jeans from time to time. Wear blue, black, faded jeans, torn jeans, and any color that you please. The more flexible your wardrobe is, the more looks you can pull off. 


When it comes to wearing cowboy-esque tops, a button-down shirt is the way to go. Ideally, your shirts will be plaid and slightly colorful. At least a few different colors can help your shirt to stand out. 

A plaid shirt can actually be quite a smart thing to wear. It can be good enough for important business meetings and first dates. In addition to this, plaid shirts can be as informal as you want them to be. 

Many shirts come with snap closures, embroidery, fringes, and so much more. You do not have to stick with wearing a regular western-style plaid button-down shirt unless you really want to. As soon as you start to research the different styles available, you’ll see there’s a lot more out there than you realize. 

If you want a good shirt that’s as warm as it is comfortable, try to opt for a cotton or cotton-mixed shirt. Not only will it be comfortable, but it’ll also be breathable. This is ideal for anyone who lives in a warm part of the country. 

Consider having approximately 10-12 different shirts to choose from. Ensure you buy them in a range of colors, so you have plenty to choose from. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles of cowboy shirts; there are some very handsome shirts out there. 


If you plan on wearing your modern cowboy outfit while you work or work out, you may need some eyewear. There are many different types of eyewear available such as sports glasses, aviator glasses, and regular shades. Each pair of glasses can be ideal for a different look that you want to pull off. 

Remember, you don’t always have to wear your new shades. They can merely be an accessory that you keep in or hooked over your shirt pocket. Shades can look good on you even when you’re not wearing them. 


It really goes without saying that a hat is one of the most important parts of any modern cowboy look. You don’t need to be working on a ranch under the hot sun to wear a cowboy hat. You can wear them as and when you want to. 

If you do plan on wearing a hat, try to buy some that will work with almost any outfit. You don’t want to limit yourself to having to wear one hat with one outfit. It’s ok to mix and match from time to time. In fact, doing so can help to keep your look fresh and appealing. 

These days, hats can come with UV resistance, and they can even be shower-proof. Of course, you may have to pay a little more for hats such as these, but they can be worth it. Just make sure you have enough hats so you can switch between them from time to time, so your look stays fresh. 


No modern cowboy outfit will be complete without the right type of footwear. Not every cowboy needs knee-high boots; you can have boots that reach the top of your ankles, should you wish to. However, when you wear some cowboy boots, you’re telling people that you’re serious about your look. 

There are many different brands of footwear around, and each can look quite different. For example, you can buy brown suede boots, shiny black boots, and everything in between. Weatherproof boots can be found, as can boots that have steel toes and are ideal for all kinds of work. 

Whatever combination of clothes you choose to wear, it’s fair to say that the modern cowboy look is a good one. It can be fresh and clean, rugged and comfortable, and just about anything you want. The only limit is your imagination.

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