The Canadian tuxedo has made a comeback in recent seasons, and the fashion industry definitely has shown a penchant for the western trend in general. While double denim, bolo ties, cowboy boots, and plaids and checks have reared their heads again, it’s the western-inspired shirt that we’re the most excited about this fall. From true-blue styles to bandana prints and more, they’re surprisingly versatile: the perfect counterpart to some of the season’s more refined separates, and an easy way to inject a modern edge to any look. Rebecca Tay discovers five western shirts to try now.
Bandana prints are a western trend staple, and we’re really into this bandana-print shirt with embroidered details. Wear it for work with a black skirt and pumps, then switch into jeans and ankle boots or sneakers for a stylish weekend look. Coach, ca.coach.com | $425
MAD FOR PLAID
There’s no doubt that red plaid is one of the western trend’s signatures, but this deep-V popover shirt proves that you can still look chic in the traditional backcountry print. Pair with denim — but we’d probably skip the cowboy boots to avoid looking too literal. Gap, gapcanada.ca| $49.95
With its double lace panels and sharp collar, this ‘Franky’ shirt by Babaton is equal parts elegant, sophisticated and cool. Team with paper bag-waist trousers or a high-waisted skirt to accentuate its lean silhouette. Aritzia, aritzia.com | $98
DENIM FOR DAYS
You can’t beat a classic denim button-down when it comes to the western trend done right. Casual, comfortable and everyone’s favourite wear-with-everything piece, this style by Levi’s, the quintessential American denim brand, is the ultimate pick. Levi’s, levi.com | $79.95
Raf Simons has been continually inspired by traditional Americana since taking over the creative helm at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, and we especially love the shirts he’s designed for the brand. Many feature western-detailed pockets in contrasting hues, though this allwhite version with silver hardware is an ultra-sleek way to dip just a toe into the trend. The Outnet, theoutnet.com | US$807