Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - The Buzz -

TH­ESE LOOKS RE­MIND ME so much of the clothes I wore grow­ing up in the South. I was al­ways dress­ing in prairie skirts and cow­boy boots when I was lit­tle. I loved to watch Lit­tle House on the Prairie and play cow­girl. My favourite child­hood mem­o­ries are rooted in coun­try mu­sic, do­ing square dances in cow­boy boots. I learnt to clog- and line-dance be­fore I learnt the fox­trot. I’m very in­flu­enced by coun­try singers like Loretta Lynn, and, of course, Dolly Par­ton is my big­gest idol. And I loved all the gor­geous long, flow­ing lace dresses Sissy Spacek wore when she played Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter. Western is such a huge style in Nashville. There was a fa­mous de­signer named Nudie, and ev­ery­one from Johnny Cash to Dolly Par­ton wore his suits.the clothes have real Western flair. It’s so cool to see the look be­ing recog­nised now as a global fash­ion trend. Maybe it’s about re­turn­ing to a time and place that peo­ple find com­fort­ing and when ev­ery­thing seemed sim­pler. But it’s al­ways been a part of my life. I mean, you’re talk­ing to the girl who wore cow­boy boots to her own wed­ding re­cep­tion. I switched out my gown and heels for a short dress and cow­boy boots be­cause they’re com­fort­able and fun to dance in. I do love the look of a pretty dress or a floor-sweep­ing skirt with cow­boy boots. It’s fem­i­nine and a lit­tle rugged, which en­cap­su­lates my per­son­al­ity. I re­mem­ber be­ing in fifth grade and beg­ging my grand­mother to buy me a prairie skirt, and when she fi­nally did I wore it ev­ery day with white cow­boy boots. I’m def­i­nitely a dress-or-denim-skirt-and-cow­boy-boots sort of girl. Ev­ery time I put on a pair, I feel like I’m back home. It’s so funny be­cause my daugh­ter just walked into my room wear­ing an off-the-shoul­der vin­tage prairie dress — she’s so on trend. Ex­cept that she was wear­ing sneak­ers, and I was like, “I wish you had some boots on.” I have so many pairs of cow­boy boots; I buy them new from Betty Boots when I’m in Nashville.and I buy ev­ery sin­gle one of my kids cow­boy boots, and they wear them un­til they fall off. I also wear mine un­til they’re thread­bare.they look bet­ter when the leather is worn-out, then I resole them.the in­tri­cate stitch­ing and de­tail on­west­ern shirts are so pretty and add a lit­tle some­thing, as do tas­selled bags and purses.and I love cow­boy hats, ob­vi­ously. They’re beau­ti­ful, and they give a prairie dress or skirt that some­thing ex­tra.the best ver­sions are those that aren’t overly em­bel­lished. I can wear a cow­boy hat with any­thing — you have to own it. For an easy and chic way to in­cor­po­rate a bit of Western into your wardrobe, I like the idea of a cham­bray shirt over a dress.we work a dif­fer­ent it­er­a­tion of the cham­bray andwest­ern shirt into our Draper James col­lec­tion [Wither­spoon’s fash­ion la­bel, which she launched in 2015] each sea­son. For us down South, it’s the per­fect lay­er­ing piece be­cause it’s so hot. Our Draper James cham­bray shirts and jeans are made in Blue Ridge, Ge­or­gia, by th­ese won­der­ful women who have been mak­ing blue jeans for 40 years. It’s an honour to be part of that tra­di­tion.i think there’s a mood for want­ing to cel­e­brate clas­si­camer­i­cana right now.the whole Western look is very ro­man­tic, and there’s no beat­ing that wear­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity fac­tor. – As told to NATASHA SILVA-JELLY

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