Fitted vests: Here, now, is the most moneyed man in Tombstone. Add pocket watch or monocle (but not both at once) and the look's complete.
String ties: Wear one of these slim, loosely knotted neckties and you're suddenly the star of a modern-day Medicine Show. A word of caution, however: Woe is he not fully confident in his sexuality. Your buddies might find it fairly girly (although the string-tie-favoring Johnny Cash never had that problem, even while singing "A Boy Named Sue").
Western-tailored suits: They can be difficult to chase down, but a Western-tailored suit with subtle saddle stitching and yokes (no sequins, please) is the jackpot. You'll be the most succulent piece of eye-candy at Glamorama.
FOR GUYS AND GIRLS
Giant belt buckles: Proceed with caution. The oversized buckle has become so popular that it has achieved ubiquity. But you can top your trousers with a true charmer if you hunt thrift and vintage stores for a genuine '70s-era buckle made of pewter or sterling silver -- perhaps with a turquoise embellishment. Women can soften the look with
a wide ribbon and rhinestone brooch.
Turquoise: The Southwest's standard-issue semiprecious stone, turquoise can flourish in earrings, necklaces and, for the guys, cufflinks, rings or the occasional decoration on your oversized belt buckle.
Cowboy hats: This is a sure-fire way to countrify any look. But add so much as a pair of boots to that cap and suddenly you're overcooked. Not to beat a dead horse, but when it comes to donning your "John B." (as the beloved Stetson cowboy hat is known), the key is to wear it with a simple ensemble. Our favorite is the simple, Georgia O'Keeffe-style gaucho hat. (A note on etiquette, friends: Wearing a cowboy hat to a fashion show is bad form. Consider the poor folks stuck behind you!)
Cowboy boots: In Minnesota, these kicks can come off as grotesque; we recommend pairing them only with such basics as black dresses or T-shirts and jeans. If you aim to be particularly fashion-forward, you might remember Roy Rogers when shoe-shopping this season. We favor the cowboy boot's fashion-forward first cousin, the low-cut booty. Perchance, they're mighty popular right now.
"Cowboy Cut" Wranglers: The New York Times recently printed Marc Jacobs' love letter to these no-nonsense dungarees. But Jacobs only confirmed what so many of us knew: In the world of rodeo and western fashions, Wrangler is the undisputed champ. They're even selling them at Barneys New York nowadays.