TREND: Western Flair

Before I can relax and enjoy the small piece of heaven we call Spring Break, I still have to endure a small piece of hell called midterms. As I headed on over to Starbucks to get my daily dose of caffeine, I saw this Fashionista come out and I instantly felt transported back into the wild west (think True Grit but with a mordern twist).

This Fashionista was sporting a bright violet tyrolean hat with a huge flower on the side. She matched it with an equally bright green scarf, a darker purple leather jacket and a pair of black cowboy boots that were reminiscent of the Western-themed presentation of DSquared2's fall 2011 collection — from the recently concluded Milan Fashion Week — combined with the bohemian flair seen from the Christian Dior fall 2011 collection from Paris Fashion Week.

The Western and bohemian trends are stronger than ever as you can tell from the recently concluded shows. Just take a look at this Fashionista. By choosing a rich and lush color for her leather jacket, she made the jacket have a more bohemian feel to it that juxtaposes the toughness of the leather and of the cowboy boots. Not to mention, the flower accent of her bright violet hat added a fun and playful twist to her outfit that we can all emulate in our wardrobes.

If a bright violet hat is too ambitious for your monochrome outfit, try easing your way into color by getting a darker colored hat instead like this wool floppy hat from American Apparel. It has the right amount of boho flair that can spice up any outfit, and when paired with some trusty cowboy boots, you will look like you just stepped off of a runway. But, hey, you know what they say, “everyday is a fashion show and the world is our runway.”

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