COUNTRY CHIC

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With fringe, floppy hats, and cowboy booties trending for Spring 2015, it’s time to add a little “country” into your wardrobe this Season. From Emilio Pucci’s fringe to Diane Von Furstenberg’s gingham, country style chic was all the rage on the runways for Spring 2015. As the weather warms and we move into the Spring and Summer months, chill out, relax, and adapt a bit of Southern charm to your style. Take a look at some of our favorite “country chic” outfits and accessories that we can’t wait to try this year.

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DENIM AND LACE

A quintessential “country” style is pairing lace with denim. Look through your own wardrobe and pair these two items together for perfect Southern style. Or get to shopping with Hale Bob’s white lace tunic paired with Citizen’s of Humanity’s denim shorts. For chillier Spring nights, top your lace tunic with “The Chelsea” skinny jeans from Joe’s Jeans. Complete the “country” look with a pair of Boot Barn’s “Shyanne” western boots with an embroidered floral pattern for a touch of feminine charm.

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Switch around your lace and denim with lace on the bottom and denim on the top for a completely different look. We love Hale Bob’s cool cotton ivory crochet maxi dress paired with a light denim top from J Crew. Accessorize with a turquoise necklace, bangles, and K. Jacques fringed flat sandals from Neiman Marcus and you are ready to hit the trails.

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PLAID

Another look to add to your denim shorts is a checkered plaid shirt. With checkers and gingham hitting the runways this Season, now is the perfect time to bring out the plaid. Pair your cut offs with a red plaid shirt from J Crew or go sleeveless with Hudson’s soft blue plaid button up. Just add a pair of Born Torrin booties from Macy’s and you’ll have the perfect western “country” style fashion for Spring.

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DISTRESSED FLARE DENIM

Nothing says “country casual” more than distressed denim jeans. Update the look for Spring 2015 with this Season’s trendy flare wide leg style. To get the look pictured above, we love True Religion’s distressed “patchwork” denim jeans paired with wedge sandals and a graphic tee from Free People. For another distressed style, go with 1921’s light wash flare jeans paired with a plain white camisole topped with Free People’s silky duster for perfect summer styling.

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TUNIC DRESS

A quick, easy solution to achieve chic country styling this Season is the tunic dress. Simply throw on the dress, pair with booties by Kate Spade and you are ready for any occasion morning, noon, and night. Check out the great selection of Hale Bob tunic dresses online and grab a few for fashionable Spring and Summer styling without all the fuss. Perfect for those busy days when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. The tunic dress will have you staying chic and fashionable with a touch of that “western” flare.

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FLOPPY WESTERN HAT

A simple way to add a little “country” to your everyday style without changing your entire wardrobe is to accessorize. The floppy hat easily pairs with any of your wardrobe staples and is a cost effective addition to your Spring fashion. By adding this one accessory, you can bring a whole new look to your usual outfits. We love San Diego Hat Company’s floppy western hats in a wide variety of colors and styles. Try pairing your floppy hat with black stretch leggings from Hale Bob and a sheer lace black tunic for a little feminine touch. Add a pair of black suede booties from Sam Edelman for the perfect finishing look.

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EMBELLISHED HANDBAG

Another easy but stylish accessory to add to your “western” style collection is the embellished handbag. Look for an oversized clutch or over-the-shoulder purse decorated with silver, turquoise and coral, quintessential “country” gems. We love the embellished beaded clutch from Berry or the beaded cross body handbag from Street Level. Check out the great selection of authentic “southern” handbags with unique leather beaded designs, including this year’s trending fringe, at Cimarron River Company.

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THE COWBOY BOOT

This Season designers brought back western wear’s iconic cowboy boot. From Felder Felder’s knee highs to Gucci’s suede to Louis Vuitton’s booties, be sure to add this shoe into your wardrobe collection for Spring. For a classic cowboy style, we love Shepler’s. The online store allows you to shop your own boot style according to toe shape, height, material, and price for a “personalized” shopping experience. If you are less inclined to adapt full western wear, Steve Madden’s fringe booties are a perfect option, great to pair with your summer shorts or cropped jeans.

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LEATHER VEST

Adapting the “country chic” style this Season can be as simple as throwing on a leather western vest over your outfit. The leather vest is a great layering option for chillier days, and perfect to pair with your evening attire for cool nights. You can dress up your western leather vest by layering over Hale Bob’s pink floral maxi dress or dress down by pairing with your favorite denim jeans and a tee. We love AC Collection’s “Kim Leather Look” vest fitted perfectly to hug your feminine silhouette.

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FRINGE

If all of our favorite “western” styled fashions just seem a little too country to suit your taste, stay in style with a bit of fringe. A huge trend on the Spring 2015 Runways, fringe is cropping up everywhere from handbags, to skirts, to dresses, to jackets, to shoes. Or take a tip from celebrities like Jessica Chastain and Rose Byrne with a new “fringe” haircut fresh for the Season. We are loving this trend so much that one of our staff just bought a fringe handbag for her Spring and Summer purse. We love the bright blue Rebecca Minkoff fringe handbag from Neiman Marcus or try a suede fringe skirt from Cusp. Stand out in style at the beach or pool with a chic fringe bikini top from Free People, perfect to pair with a maxi skirt or shorts for summer styling.

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Spring is the time to kick up your heels and hit the trails with “country chic” fashion wear. Whether it’s pairing lace with denim, shopping for a plaid shirt, wide leg pant, or tunic dress to add to your wardrobe, or including an accessory like a floppy hat, an embellished handbag, boots, or a leather vest to your outfit, be sure to incorporate a little “western” touch this Season. Be on the lookout for our favorite fringe trend this Spring and Summer, and include into your fashion collection.  Have a little fun this year and find ways to adapt to the best in fashion while modifying different elements to suit your style and taste.

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