A classic Western shirt can be the perfect option for brunch or bar-hopping. But if you’re not careful, you can come off looking like a rodeo clown—or a reject from Hee Haw. The secret to pulling this look off is in both the particular Western shirt you choose as well as what you wear it with. Take a modern version and wear it the same way you’d wear a flannel or any other fall shirting option: with chinos, jeans, and your favorite pair of boots.
While a traditional Western shirt is defined by snap buttons, a curved back yoke (the area where the back panel meets the shoulder panel), and stylized chest pockets, many designers hint toward the style without using these specific details. Below, nine choices that are sure to add a little edge to your weekend dressing game.
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Polo Ralph Lauren Iconic Western Shirt
Iconic indeed. Ralph Lauren almost singlehandedly spearheaded Western wear as high fashion forty years ago, and this classic design nails why the style deserves a spot in your closet. Made from a plain-woven chambray fabric with a true indigo dye, the shirt imparts attitude without sacrificing comfort.
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Kapital Edo Cherokee Two Tone
Japanese fabric meets American style in Kapital’s Edo Cherokee shirt. It has a slim fit, great details from the point collar to the rounded hem, and is made from a handsome, slightly textured cotton fabric with nicely contrasting stripes.