1800s Western-Style Fashion

Let’s look at the Old West of the Victorian era. Follow the fashion of farm girls, gunslingers and cowboys in the wild, wild west.

Prairie Girl
Pair tiny floral prints, gingham and flannels with low lace-up ankle boots — dark stockings optional — and your best braided hairstyle to look totally bohemian — or totally sweet.

Miner Vibes
Levi Strauss made a mint selling blue jeans and denim overalls, which were much sturdier than the alternatives, to miners, farmers and other workmen in the 1800s. Roll the cuffs on your favorite pair of jeans and put on a button-down top to start this basic look — then add a trilby or newsboy hat and full hipster beard, if you dare.

Proper Lady
Today’s secretary blouse style owes its origins to this schoolmarm style: the visiting costume. Ignore the bustle — that look sure never came back around again — and focus on the juxtaposition of soft, feminine details with no-nonsense structure. Pair a high-necked blouse in sheer or lace fabric with skinny jeans and pointy boots, then add a heavily structured blazer with a riding jacket shape to mimic the original mix of power and beauty.

The Cowboy
Channel your inner cowboy with just a touch of Old West. Transform belted skinny pants and a button-down shirt or T-shirt with pointy boots, a neck bandana or bolero tie, a wide-brimmed hat and a great big belt buckle. Don’t go too conservative with color or fabric but make a bold statement, especially if you are also rocking a big cowboy mustache.


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