Comeback Cowboy: How to style the fringe collection.

by Charlie Cooke,

First Published: 8 Mar, 2024

There’s nothing we love more at Fairfax & Favor than a refreshed take on a classic style to fall in love with.

Whilst we’re in this transitional period between seasons, today we’re focusing our lookbook on how to style cowboy-inspired fringing and the best ways to introduce the iconic Western style to your wardrobe.

So let’s say howdy to your brand new wardrobe heroes!

Making a Western comeback

The Western cowboy-inspired trend is making a serious comeback this year and it’s a surprisingly easy aesthetic that can be embraced by both men and women into their everyday attire, for work and play. From iconic rustic denim ensembles with a rugged flair, to a more structured and tailored approach, we’ve got some superb pieces influenced by this outdoors-inspired trend that will tick all of the right boxes.

Think tan, checks, fringing and leather

The well-known fashion staples synonymous with the rodeo cowboy trend start with a warm neutral colour palette as a base, with complementary rich chocolate brown, tan, cream tones. Think check pattern shirts and plenty of denim for a laidback look, and stick to accessories crafted from premium leather and suede materials, to be well on your way to championing the classic cowboy (and cowgirl!) look. Throw in some tasteful fringing details here and there and you can easily blend this trend into your wardrobe for the upcoming season.

Embroidery detailing and contrast stitching

Another aspect of the Western style aesthetic is the heavy focus on beautiful embroidery and contrast stitching. With stunning artistry, embroidery on shirts, leather handbags and belts can really make an outfit pop and bring an extra element of interest to a look. Our attractive Ohio belt in tan leather and suede expertly delivers this exact vibe with attractive diamond-shaped cutout details and that all important contrast stitching. Wear this cowboy style belt with a pair of black jeans or to cinch in a dress at the waist as a simple yet effective way to take on the popular trend.

Embroidery designs, such as the chevron design, appear quite frequently with rodeo style clothing and footwear. The Georgia kitten heeled ankle boots display this look in such an elegant way with chevron hand-stitched detailing to the front of the boot. Pulling on a pair of these boots is a great way to add understated boho chic to any outfit, whether you’re heading out for a light lunch with friends or attending an outdoor event.

Likewise, our festival favourite knee high Arizona tan boots will have you planning your next roadtrip wardrobe early this year thanks to the intricate contrast stitching on the upper and both sides of the boot. When the warmer weather strikes, pair your knee high tan boots with cut-off denim shorts for a quintessential Daisy Duke look that will get heads turning.

How to style fringe

Fringe embellishment is the epitome of Western cowboy-influenced fashion. It can be found in the designs of so many clothing and accessory pieces meaning that it is an undeniably versatile element to incorporate into your new season wardrobe. We would recommend avoiding going overboard with this, and stick to one fringed item of clothing at a time to keep things looking refined.

One place to start with styling fringe is with an archetypal suede fringed bag. Our Nashville fringed saddle bag in soft tan suede is the ideal stylish update to any springtime outfit and fills a unique gap in your handbag collection. Thanks to the long fringing detail that has been perfectly shaped, you can add instant cowgirl chic to a relaxed weekend outfit of a denim jumpsuit and ankle boots in matching tan colour to pull the ensemble together seamlessly. 

For an unexpected fringe look, we love the addition of this rustic detail to footwear styles, such as The Regina ankle boots in beautiful tan coloured suede. This is a subtle way to introduce fringing to your outfit, and adds a fun little bohemian touch to a summertime midi dress or your favourite pair of blue jeans. Just add a floppy hat and you’re ready for spring and summer!

When it comes to styling this trend in the more smart casual realm, the sophisticated mule has had a rustic update thanks to soft suede fringing with our charming Tuddenham fringed mules. You can easily slip on these tan mules and team with a floaty maxi dress or a pair of slacks to add a modern touch to your everyday outfit.

Ready to take a ride on the wild side? Explore our fringe collection to view our curated selection of pieces that take guided inspiration from this much admired trend. You’ll find exquisite pieces which display elements outlined in our guide to assist you in achieving the ultimate Western wardrobe.

The Fringe Collection

The Fringe Collection

For further fashion inspiration, keep an eye on the latest Fairfax & Favor clothing collections which are updated regularly with carefully curated pieces you’re bound to love.