How to Mix a Western Style Shirt into Your Summer Style

By Lisa LoParo , last updated August 22, 2011

Western style shirts for women are all about old Western charm, sophistication, and class, and mixing them into your summer style is easy with the right pair of shorts and accessories. Most of the western shirts for women are plaid, long-sleeved button down tops, something that is hardly in keeping with current style trends this summer. However, it's easy to manipulate this look to form a cute, girly, and unique outfit. Here's how to mix a Western style shirt into your wardrobe this summer.

There are many kinds of Western style shirts that can be mixed and matched into your summer wardrobe. At, you can browse through a slew of different cuts, styles, and colors that fit the bill. Some are brightly colored plaids like the Rusty Nail Plaid Ladies Tin Haul Western Shirt, while others are one color, tailored shirts suitable for work, like the "Every Cowgirl's Gotta Have One" Long Sleeve Snap Shirt in a flirty purple. Some styles featured here are only subtly Western, carrying embellishments and patterns for the girly girl's taste, such as the Sonoma Valley shirt. And if you're looking for a sexier look, try the white Stetson Shirt, complete with a waist-cinching belt.

Mix and Match Bottoms

To style these shirts, incorporate this summer's seasonal trends. Pair the Western style shirt with a pair of high-waisted, dark wash shorts that end in the middle of your thigh. Roll up the sleeves of the shirt neatly, and unbutton the first two buttons of the shirt. You can wear a tank underneath, or a bandeau top in keeping with the current fashions. If you'd rather not tuck the shirt into high-waisted shorts, try tying the ends of the shirt together and pairing them with brightly colored shorts, such as a red or purple. Try not to mix tones, and remember not to pair clashing colors!

Western Shirt Styles

Now that you've mastered the styling of a long-sleeved Western shirt, you can branch out into other fabulous Western styles. Online, at Western Shirts, you can find sleeveless Western style shirts that may be effortlessly paired with a pair of light, boot cut jeans. These sleeveless styles are fitted, collared, and light in material and color, to keep you cool during the dog days. Some longer styles are meant to accentuate the curves, and can be worn with capri length leggings and a pair of simple brown sandals. Try pairing a sleeveless, Western style shirt with a light wash denim skirt. Complete the look with a pair of light brown summer boots that end mid-calf. Accentuate the Western look by making these boots Western style as well!

Western style shirts also go way beyond the classic plaid and tailored styles. You can also find flirty babydoll tops, tight fitted tanks, V-neck tees, and ruffled shirts that exude the same class, elegance, and effortlessness as a classic Western style shirt. As an added bonus, these varieties are much easier to style. Babydoll shirts are long enough to be worn with leggings, but you can spice up the outfit with a brightly colored denim pant, varieties of which can be found at such stores as H&M. Western style tanks can be worn tucked into tight, colored skirts and paired with a cap sleeved vest. White, V-neck Western style tees can also be worn with brightly colored denim jeans. Try matching a white V-neck with pale yellow or green pants. Experiment with the lengths of the shirts, you can either tuck in the shirt and finish with a thick belt through the loops of the jeans, or let the shirt loose, adding a thinner brown belt around the waist to add dimension and the appearance of more curves. Flowy, flirty tops can be worn with simple jeans, or else skinny jeans with a pair of platform pumps in different colors for nights out. For day, opt for platform wedges in neutral tones.

Western Style Dresses

Finally, Western style tunic dresses are a perfect mix of Western style and contemporary fashion. Dresses have been hot for the past few seasons, and are unlikely to go out of fashion very soon. Their stylish effortlessness, huge variety, and ease of styling makes dresses the perfect outfits for all seasons throughout the year, and the perfect way to mix Western style into your summer style. Find a mid-thigh length Western style dress with bell sleeves and pair with simple brown sandals, or take advantage of the popularity of the maxi dress by procuring a Western style maxi with floral patterns and soft embellishments. Finish these awesome new looks with a tan fedora or a ten-gallon hat, and you're ready to take on the runways this summer!

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