How HBO’s ‘Westworld’ is contributing to the rise of cowboy style
Are you watching HBO’s Westworld? It’s really an incredible show. As much as I admire Evan Rachel Wood, am fascinated by the complicated (in a good way) plot, and am spellbound by the scenery, what I appreciate most is the fashion. I haven’t yet gotten to the point of running out to purchase embroidered cowboy-style shirts and Little House on the Prairie skirts, but it seems like a lot of people might be doing just that.
In the chicken or the egg argument, the fashion world inspired the Western wear trend long before the premium cable show premiered, but you can’t deny its timing. Cowboy style was popping up on the runways back in the spring, putting the clothes front and center for us to notice, well, right now. Fringe and embroidery and Southwestern prints—all elements on many new season shopping lists. I don’t think the two—the fashion world and Westworld—are particularly related. But it did get me to thinking: Even for those that don’t follow the runways, there’s really no avoiding the influence of fashion. So those men or women who admire any of Westworld‘s prominent characters’ wardrobes, and seek to emulate them—guess what? You’re on trend, like it or not. And if the show proves to be a success—by all accounts, it will—the styles of the Old West will only endure. Kind of like the few (maybe more than a few) years I found myself enamored with Gothic styles during the True Blood era—it’s definitely a thing. I might owe most of my fashion sense to HBO.
So: Can we expect bolo ties to be next? Only time will tell. But until it does, there’s one jewelry style that should be at the top of everyone’s list: fringe. It pairs very well with cowgirl chic. Saddle up!
P.S. For the dudes, from GQ: How to Build a Westworld Wardrobe This Fall
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