Originally made for cowboys, cattle ranchers, and riders, cowboy boots came back in trends since the 1990s - 2000s but with evolved designs, elevated comfort, and high functionality. Just like tailored trousers, platform heels, and crop tops, cowboy boots, too, were adopted by millennials and Gen Z to uplift their wardrobe with the cool cowgirl aesthetics.
Cowboy boots are super fun and easy-to-wear and extremely dramatic to flaunt. These boots are not season-bound, they are super functional and versatile all year round. Cowboy boots deliver the right fashion statement when styled correctly. This blog is a style guideline to help you create chic looks with cowboy boots to express your individuality and make a style statement.
Cowboy Boots in Trends
Originating in the US as a western shoe style, cowboy boots gained recognition for their comfort, foot protection at the shaft, and unique and rugged design made with hide. Back in the 1880s, they were adapted by celebrities and rodeo performers besides riders, cattle ranchers, and herders.
In the mid 2000s, Selena Gomez was seen in cowboy boots while working on her Disney show, and Taylor Swift rocked them while she promoting her ‘Speak Now’ album. Rihanna was also seen flaunting them during the ‘Hope Rocks’ benefit concert, while Beyonce wore these chic boots during her performances and music videos, including her iconic "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" video in 2008. From Gigi Hadid to Kendall jenner, and Priyanka Chopra, most of the celebrities now comfortably style cowboy boots at different occasions. Most recently at Coachella 2023, Taylor Swift’s Eras tour, and Beyonce’s Renaissance tour, cowboy boots were seen in full glamour.
Cowboy boots dominate runways in almost every season. Back in 1970s, they glamorized the runway at Ralph Lauren and Givenchy’s SS ‘98. In 2017, cowboy boots were seen on the runway at Calvin Klein, Celine, and Ganni. And, the most recent at Chanel, Ganni, and Isabel Marant at AW23’.
How to Style Cowboy Boots - Summer Edition
Cowboy boots go with everything, from a blazer to a jeans or a shirt. They literally take minimal effort to look dressy and comfy at the same time. Cowboy boots add a fun and trendy style to each of your looks while keeping it minimal. Plus, they are not just for concerts (think coachella 2023 and Beyonce’s Renaissance tour 2023). Here are some chic styles you can create with cowboy boots. The boots here are from Bukela, a Danish shoe brand with trendy and minimal designs crafted with rugged leather to keep them durable for long.
Wearing Cowboy Boots with Dresses.
Cowboy boots, when styled with dresses creates a boho look that looks cute and cool at the same time. Just add some fringes and embellishments to the overall look and you are all set with a bohemian look. Experiment and try different combinations to come up with a style that you can call your own. Here are some chic ways to style different lengths of dresses with cowboy boots.
Maxi Dress with ‘Brooke’ Bukela Cowboy Boots
Styling cowboy boots with maxi dresses can add a touch of boho charm to your outfit. Opt for a maxi dress with a high-low hem or a side slit to allow the boots to peek through. This combination creates an interesting visual contrast and adds a unique flair to your ensemble. Take inspiration from the girl in the image below.
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Mini Dress with ‘New Kole’ High Western Boots
Pairing cowboy boots with a mini dress can create a trendy and youthful look. Opt for a dress that hits mid-thigh or higher. Consider wearing a flowy or A-line dress to create a contrast with the structured boots. You can also go for a ruffled dress like the girls in the images below.
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Midi Dress with ‘Bonderia’ Western Cowboy Boots
Midi dresses and cowboy boots are great for a chic and effortless look. Aim for a dress that hits just above or right at the top of the boots. This creates a stylish and balanced silhouette, as the dress and boots transition seamlessly. You can also add some accessories like a hat just as the girl in the image below.
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Another chic way to style cowboy boots with dresses is to layer them with other pieces. Go for a long cardigan, a long coat, denim jacket, or a leather jacket over your dress, which helps create a cohesive look by incorporating the boots into the overall ensemble.
Wearing Cowboy Boots with Jeans
Cowboy boots with jeans or trousers paired with a blazer is a perfect street-style aesthetic. While you can go super casual with this look, you can also keep it dressed up with the right choice of jeans and upper. Here are some ways to style these trendy boots with jeans.
Skinny Jeans with ‘New Kole’ Western Cowboy Boots
Pairing cowboy boots with skinny jeans is a popular and flattering option. Choose a pair of well-fitted skinny jeans that can be tucked into the boots. This style allows the boots to be the focal point of your outfit while creating a sleek and streamlined look. For the upper, you can go for any top, a shirt, or a ruffled top like the girl in the image below. Go cowgirl!
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Bootcut Jeans with ‘Marian’ Bukela Cowboy Boots
Designed to accommodate boots, bootcut jeans make for an ideal choice for styling cowboy boots. The slight flare at the bottom of the jeans allows the boots to sit comfortably underneath. Ensure that the jeans are the appropriate length, hitting the top of the heel or slightly longer. For the upper, you can go for a top, a graphic tee, or a shirt. You can also layer the look with a summer jacket.
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Cropped Jeans with ‘Lee Whiskey’ Bukela Cowboy Boots
If you prefer a more modern and trendy look, consider wearing cowboy boots with cropped jeans that hits anywhere from above the ankle to low-calf, allowing the boots to be fully visible. This combination creates a fashion-forward and slightly edgy ensemble. You can pair with a simple white tee, a graphic tee, or a blouse. Adding a belt will further enhance the look and add a touch of Western-inspired flair. Take inspiration from the girl below.
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Wearing Cowboy Boots with Skirts
Cowboy boots with skirt is a vibe. It helps create an effortlessly chic look that looks just as classy as comfortable and trendy. The boots are completely visible in most of the lengths of skirts and you can keep it minimal to look your best. Plus, with the right embellishments and accessories, you can also go boho. Here are some styles you can create with cowboy boots and skirts.
Mini Skirt with Bonderia Western Cowboy Boots
There are many ways to create chic looks with cowboy boots and a mini skirt. You can either dress up or dress down with this look. Pairing the mini skirt with a graphic tee will create a chic street-style look, while pairing a denim skirt with a top or shirt and layering it with a coat will help you create a casual-formal style with this look. This combination adds a touch of western-inspired flair to your outfit while maintaining a youthful and trendy vibe.
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Midi Skirt with Bonderia Western Cowboy Boots
Styling cowboy boots with midi skirts can result in a chic and on-trend ensemble. Denim skirts, are, by far the most stylish when it comes to midi skirts. However, you can also go for pleated or satin skirts. Aim for the length that falls below the knee, ideally hitting mid-calf. This length allows the boots to peek out while adding a touch of vintage charm to your outfit. Go for a chic upper like a corset top, a blouse, a graphic tee, or pair the look as a co-ord set like the girls below.
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Maxi Skirt with ‘Casey’ Bukela Cowboy Boots
Cowboy boots when styled with maxi skirts help create a bohemian and free-spirited look. Opt for a flowy and lightweight maxi skirt that grazes the floor or hovers just above the ground. A thigh-high or knee-high slit is a plus, making the look further sexy and appealing. The contrast between feminine skirt and rugged boots creates an interesting and stylish juxtaposition.
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