Like many of you, I’ve fallen hard for the HBO series Westworld. It combines some of my favorite elements of great television – mysterious characters, deep-seated motives, complex plotlines and most of all – enviable fashion. While I’m not typically a huge fan of western attire – I only own one pair of cowboy boots (a vintage pair that belonged to my great aunt) – what I do appreciate about this way of dressing is the elevated utility of each piece. In this genre everything must have a purpose, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The boots, hats and denim all have a wonderful duality of serving a purpose, with major style.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m a little obsessed with Janessa Leone hats. I’d been searching for the perfect wide brimmed fedora for quite some time when this western inspired number caught my eye during the Shopbop Event of the Season sale.
*Style Tip: for items like high quality hats, purchase them from online retailers or major department stores rather than direct from the brand. The reason? Shopbop, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and the like all carry these items and offer Friends & Family discounts that you will never receive direct from the brand.
Bottom line: it allows you to get a higher priced, ‘never-go-on-sale’ item for a reduced price.
The fedora’s stiff finish and distressed silk ribbon make for the perfect combo of rough and tumble + chic. Worn with the coziest sweater ever (bonus points for its slouchy, off-the-shoulder silhouette), charcoal denim and a block heel boot (huge trend right now) this strikes the perfect balance between the Wild West and reality.