Cowgirl cool

July 9, 2011

Designer Ralph Lauren heard the call of the wild — the Wild West, that is — for summer. The ultimate urban cowboy, who dressed for his final runway bow in fringed brown leather pants and blue bandanna at his neck, rustled up a collection filled with big-buckle belts, blanket bags and silver-studded accents. For wannabe cowgirls, we’ve rounded up stylish must-haves to corral into your closets.

No home on the range? Add a rustic touch to your abode with these resin-cast deer antlersmounted on a plaque for an easy hanging. They make refreshingly unexpected wall decor just about anywhere. $149 at www.restorationhardware.com.

Lauren toughened up the look of a lightweight plaid boyfriend shirt and beaded evening skirt with a wide swath of belt, adorned with etched buckle, studs and conchos. You should, too, with Fossil’s version. Also available in tan.$48 at www.fossil.com.

You’ll have to look twice not to mistake these oversize (40-by-70-inch) spa towels for blankets. In fact, the designs come from Pendleton blankets, but instead of to bed, take these to the pool, the beach or bath. Wrangle one or more of the eight patterns (Turquoise Trail and Ruby River, to name two). $48 each at www.pendleton-usa.com.

Saddle up for work or the weekend with a generously sized Florentine satchel from leather goods company Dooney & Bourke. Details to love: adjustable and detachable strap and protective feet at the base. Also in black.$358 at Macy’s, 1201 G St. NW, 202-628-6661, and www.dooneyandbourke.com.

Vintage Shoe Co.’s Kicky Cowgirl Bootsin distressed leather make fine partners with jeans, skirts and dresses. That handy zipper means you won’t need help kicking them off. Available in two shades of brown.$250 at www.sundancecatalog.com.

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