Telling Stories With Western Fashion: Contrasts, Layers

October 11, 2022

Visual storytelling is a form of general storytelling that's immensely popular and desirable among many people, and one of its many possible forms of expression comes in the realm of fashion and clothing. The clothes you wear can help tell a story about you in several different ways, and the world of Western and rodeo fashion is no exception.

At A Cut Above Buckles, we're here to provide numerous forms of Western fashion and accessories, from our custom rodeo and Western belt buckles to Western jewelry, accessories and more. We're also happy to offer tips and expertise to clients in any way needed, including those looking to use our products to help tell a visual story. What are some simple concepts to consider if this is your goal? Here are several across this two-part blog series.

Contrasting or Complementing?

One of the first things you need to decide is whether you want your clothing choices to contrast with or complement each other. There are benefits and drawbacks to both approaches.

Contrasting colors can certainly help make a statement. If you're looking to be noticed, this may be the route for you. However, it's important to make sure that the colors you choose actually contrast well with each other, rather than just clash. You'll also want to be aware of the overall message you're trying to send. Wearing all black might convey a very different message than wearing a mix of black and white.

Complementary colors, on the other hand, can help create a more polished look. If you're going for a more classic Western aesthetic, this may be the way to go. You'll want to make sure that the colors you choose actually complement each other well, of course. A good rule of thumb is to choose colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

Layer Considerations

As you're putting together your outfit, it's important to think about layering. This can be a great way to add both contrast and interest to your look. It can also help you stay warmer in cooler weather or cooler in warmer weather, which is always a bonus.

One thing to keep in mind when layering is proportion. You don't want your layers to be so bulky that they make it difficult for you to move around or that they overwhelm your overall look. It's a good idea to start with thinner, more fitted layers and then add on from there.

Texture is another important consideration when layering. Mixing different textures can help create interest and depth in your look. Just be careful not to go overboard. Too many different textures can be overwhelming and make it difficult for people to really appreciate any one element of your outfit.

In part two of our series, we'll go over some further considerations to keep in mind as you're putting together your story-telling Western outfit. Stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to browse our selection of rodeo and Western fashion products at A Cut Above Buckles at your nearest convenience.

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