If the ten jillion times I heard “Old Town Road” played over the long holiday weekend is any indication, Lil Nas X’s genre-defying country-rap bop has officially moseyed into the “Song of Summer 2019” winner’s circle.
While it may not break streaming records like 2017’s SOSTM “Despacito” or have had the benefit of a viral dance challenge boosting its popularity like last year’s “In My Feelings,” it’s still true that “Old Town Road” is everywhere this summer. And with the social media-launched rapper coming out to celebrate the close of Pride Month, the song has gotten renewed attention and plays.
The rapper’s quirky style (and let’s be honest, lanky, model-esque build) has our whole team feeling the country western vibes for summer 2019. Sure, can’t nobody tell you nothing, but there’s no harm in trying a trend and seeing how you can incorporate elements into your regular wardrobe repertoire, even if your life isn’t a movie about bull ridin’ and boobies.
So go just a little bit country this summer. Below are the best country western-inspired styles to help you ride ’til you can’t no more.
Ariat Rambler Boot, $220
To truly nail a country western vibe, you’re going to need a pair of legit, honest-to-goodness cowboy boots. This pair from OG boot makers Ariat fits the bill for a city slicker who wants to take a walk on the country side (a customer’s comment on the site that there’s “not enough decorative stitching” serves as a roundabout co-sign as the perfect style for an urban cowpoke). Swap them in anytime you’d wear a Chelsea boot and they’ll become an easy go-to in your wardrobe with a simple outfit like black jeans, white T-shirt, and a denim trucker jacket. (Note: There is a more ornate version in black, in case you’re after that “hat is matte black, boots in black to match” aesthetic.)
Not all of your country western apparel needs to be blue denim. You can wear Gap’s black snap-button style just like your go-to chambray shirt. Think: literally everything from chinos to dressy sweats. And yes, it would even work with a pair of jeans...so long as they’re not black. Though, on second thought, that would be a very Lil Nas X move, going full Johnny Cash with the black on black. Honestly, you might want to try that first.
Like big barrel hats and shit-kicker boots, turquoise is practically synonymous with country western style, but consider introducing the semiprecious stone to your summer wardrobe in a way that’s more cool than culturally appropriating. This bracelet from Mikia is on sale right now on East Dane and will add just a hint of color at your wrist to any outfit.
I mean, if you don’t have a denim jacket by now, then I don’t even know what we’re doing here. Personally, I like a lighter wash, which feels like the perfect prefab way to achieve that broken-in vibe without having to actually break it in yourself. Slip yours on over a hoodie and athleisure shorts when the sun goes down for a light layer lewk for those cool summer nights.
It’s no cowboy hat from Gucci, but this Stetson style is still a true classic—and it’s more John Mayer than George Strait. Perfect for channeling some high-key western vibes this summer and providing an alternative to your trusty baseball cap, try pairing the hat with black jeans, suede Chelsea boots and a perfectly-fitted white T-shirt.
When I think cowhide, I think Cowboy Curtis (a.k.a. LAURENCE FREAKING FISHBURNE) from Pee Wee’s Playhouse. You don’t have to go full human cartoon to embrace the country western trend, though. Instead, opt for a stylish and well-crafted backpack in a black and white print for just a little “Yeehaw” in your life. To make the overall effect play more cool than cowboy, keep the rest of your outfit simple, and no hanging a lasso from the loops.
Look, you heard the man. This summer, it’s time to put some Wrangler on your booty. This slim pair is available at Macy’s and rings up at only $60. What are you waiting for?