The best Western clothes for men never completely go out of style. It’s true that the trend ebbs and flows over time, but we’re living through a major Western wear resurgence thanks to popular TV shows and movies such as Yellowstone, 1883, Power of the Dog, and The Harder They Fall.
The western clothing trend is even expanding outside of where we might typically expect it and into our more general pop-culture indulgencies such as Queer Eye. The show’s most recent season took place in Austin, Texas, where the team was on a mission to makeover a range of Western and Western-adjacent candidates. It’s safe to assume that if there was ever a moment for Western clothing for men to be on display, it was in the hands of the show’s fashion expert, Tan France, as he dressed a literal cowboy in one popular episode.
It’s all of these modern-day variations on a Western-inspired theme that has started to influence trend forecasters, retailers and consumers alike. Those trend forecasters whispered into fashion designers’ ears, and the next thing you know, we’re all seeing more cowboy-inspired clothing not only on TV but on the runway and the streets. And it’s not over; our sister sites Deadline and Variety recently announced that the 80s megahit film Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, is being rebooted as a TV series on Paramount+.
All of this to say, if there is a time to look into picking up some of the best Western clothes for men, that time is now — and we’re here for it.
How To Wear Western Clothes for Men
Keep It Simple
Unless you’re an actual cowboy, farmer or country music star, it’s safe to say you can stay away from going full-on country from head-to-toe. Start by adding an item or two to an outfit. You can easily find a belt buckle, a wide-brim hat or a good pair of western boots and nail the elements without venturing into honky-tonk costume territory. You can even wear a faded graphic tee with Wrangler jeans (a must-have brand for cowboys).
You don’t have to go all-in with a cowboy hat when choosing a hat. You can go just as Western wearing a ball cap. However, a classic Stetson is always cool to have in your closet, even if you only wear it once a year. Unless you’re attending a costume party, you want to use restraint when exploring the Western wear trend. We won’t call it cultural appropriation to try and go full cowboy, but we do think you’ll look a little silly, especially if you live in a big city.
Know Your Brands
There are a lot of brands that do Western well, but there are a handful of key brands that all other brands want to be like. Some of the best Western heritage brands include:
- Ariat: As a new brand on the list, founded in 1993, Ariat represents the modern-made cowboy boot for men and women.
- Carhartt: Carhartt has evolved today into a hip brand that you may see more in Brooklyn than out west, but upon its founding in 1889, it was known for heavy-duty work clothes such as coats, coveralls, dungarees and hunting apparel.
- Dan Post: Founded in 1960, Dan Post is a cowboy boot company specializing in comfortable boots made using exotic skins.
- Filson: Filson opened C.C. Filson’s Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers in 1897 to outfit stampeders to the Klondike Gold Rush.
- Justin: American-made in El Paso, Texas, since 1879, Justin helped set the standard for what a cowboy boot should be.
- Lee: In 1925, Lee consulted with working cowboys and champion rodeo riders and introduced its cinch-back Cowboy Waist Overalls in 9-ounce denim.
- Levi’s: Levi Strauss revolutionized denim and put it on the map. As a California brand founded in 1853, the idea of denim naturally moved across the west, and the rest is history.
- Pendleton: With deep ties to Native American culture in 1900’s Oregon, Pendleton’s most popular designs today are based on American National Forests (very Western).
- Stetson: After 150 years, Stetson is a name you drop, and everyone knows exactly what you’re talking about: iconic cowboy hats.
- Tecovas: Tecovas is a Texas Western footwear startup that you would think was a part of old Texas DNA if you didn’t know better.
- Wrangler: Wrangler is the only Western wear brand officially endorsed by the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association.
We could list many more brands above, but it’s time to show off some of the top picks from these staple Western brands and many others. Keep reading below for the most stylish Western clothes for men.
Best Western Shirts for Men
The classic Western or cowboy shirt has snaps, two chest pockets, a pointed back yoke and contrast trim. You can go traditional or wear a modern variation. As mentioned earlier, you can also wear a graphic tee — if the image fits the theme.
1. Wrangler Retro Snap Shirt
Wrangler, cowboys, and Western clothes for men have a long history. They’re a heritage brand for this style, probably because their goods are built tough. This denim snap-front Western shirt has authentic Western details that you’re craving but in a modern slim fit. It can also be worn open over a long-or-short sleeve tee or henley.
2. Filson Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt
This shirt uses sing midweight 5-ounce cotton twill so that you can wear it all year long. It has a relaxed fit and a rear shoulder box pleat that gives a full range of motion, which comes in handy whether you’re tossing a bale of hay, camping, fishing or at the grocery store.
3. Ariat American Steer T-Shirt
Based in California, Ariat’s been making equestrian and cowboy gear for almost 30 years. While they may be newcomers to the Western clothes scene, they quickly garnered a large fan base. Add this badass graphic tee with its Western-inspired art to your tee collection to channel the more modern cowboy of today.
4. Pendleton Plaid Snap-Front Western Canyon Shirt
Made from lightweight wool, this Western-style shirt has some seriously quality details: pearl snaps, yoke back and front, two flap chest pockets, and it’s always available in multiple plaid color combinations.
Best Western Jackets for Men
Western wear for guys has many outerwear options, from classic denim or trucker jackets to dusters. In 2022, chore jackets and work shirts are very much on-trend, and this is probably the easiest way to incorporate western clothing into your everyday wardrobe.
We rounded up some timeless styles that will add a layer of cowboy comfort to just about any outfit.
5. Tecovas Barn Coat
Plenty of guys have sported barn coats in the city, suburbia and beyond, not realizing the design originated for ranchers. This micro sanded, soft cotton canvas zip-up coat has earned rave reviews. With its many pockets, owners especially love the prima silver lining, which makes this jacket fully insulated to keep them warm in windy, wet, and cold weather.
6. Carhartt Quilted Flannel-Lined Duck Active Jacket
Known for their sturdy workwear and streetwear, Carharrt’s jacket uses heavy 12-ounce duck cotton and has a quilted body and a hood lined in flannel. Great for sitting in a duck blind during the weekend or commuting to the office during the week.
7. Wrangler Blanket Lined Cord Collar Jacket
Wear what the real cowboys wear on blustery days; a denim jacket lined in warm blanket material and a corduroy collar.
8. Pendleton Los Lunas Pieced Wool Coat
This bomber jacket is crafted from virgin wool with a colorful pattern pieced into its middle. The design gets its name from the New Mexico town of Los Lunas, surrounded by ancient petroglyphs.
Best Western Jeans for Men
As the story goes, Levi Strauss invented overall jeans with metal rivets back in the 1870s. They were not the staple that the most comfortable jeans are today. Denim, prized for its durability, is what cowboys wear every day. Jeans of choice include the Cowboy Cut jean whose leg is wide enough to accommodate a cowboy boot but doesn’t flare out like boot-cut jeans.
9. Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans
Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans are the classic button-fly jean.
10. Tecovas Standard Jeans
Texas-based Tecovas uses Italian denim manufactured in California. Their standard jeans are designed to accommodate a cowboy boot, but they fit like a slim straight pair of jeans.
11. Wrangler Retro Slim Fit Boot Cut Jeans
Wrangler’s Retro collection links classic style with a modern sensibility. These boot-cut jeans sit lower on the waist and are slim from the butt through the thigh.
12. Filson Bullbuck Double Front Jeans
Filson’s been making durable goods for 125 years, and they designed the Bullbuck Double Front jeans to withstand climbing up poles, crouching down on the icy ground and everything in between. The leg is designed to pair with any boot type and is made with 100% pre-shrunk cotton. The front and pockets of these jeans are reinforced for strength.
Best Western Boots for Men
Cowboy boots can have a boot shaft that sits slightly higher than a Chelsea boot or go up to the knee. They can have a pointy, square or rounded toe. There are dress boots embellished with embroidery, steel-toed work cowboy boots and cowboy boots suitable for an office.
13. Tecovas The Doc Boot
Bootmaker Tecovas’ The Doc has all the traditional Western boot details you love, like toe stitching, distinctive threading along the calf and a straight heel, but remains understated. It comes in brown, black, and a combination of two-toned navy and sand.
14. Justin Boots Performance Ropers Equestrian Boot
The Ropers Equestrian Boot gets its name because it was the boot of choice while riding and roping cows. Ropers have a distinctive silhouette, rounded toe, low heel and a shorter boot shaft than most other cowboy boot styles.
15. Ariat Real Deal Western Boot
To many people, Ariat’s Real Deal boot is what a cowboy boot is supposed to be. It has a scalloped collar, the boot shaft is different from the shoe, and lots of embroideries. Under the hood, as it were, this boot offers arch support and is designed to keep the foot stable and secure throughout the day.
Best Western Hats for Men
As mentioned earlier, there’s more to wear than the classic peaked cowboy hat in Western-style hats. Brands like Filson and Stetson have a range of options for guys embracing the western wear trend.
16. Filson Skagit Rain Cap
You can wear this waterproof ball cap with an adjustable back tab all year round. Rain, snow, or sleet will bounce right off it.
17. Two Roads Hat Co. Elliston Rancher Hat
This neutral, light brown rancher hat is handmade from wool felt, and the brim measures 2.75-inches.
18. Stetson Oakridge Wool Felt Cowboy Hat
It’s a modern interpretation of the classic cowboy hat designed by a brand synonymous with them. The hat has a large brim, interior sweatband to prevent sweat from falling into the eyes and leather trim.
19. Western Express Classic Cattleman Hat
When someone says, “cowboy hat,” this hat shape is the one they’re referencing. Known as the Cattleman Hat, it has a distinctive crown and brim. This model is done in fine straw, making it a great choice to wear when it’s warm out.