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Cowboy boots, stiff denim, contrast stitching, boot-cut jeans — here’s how to shop the best of fall’s Western trend.

Are you feeling nostalgic for a certain kind of America, one that was simpler, wilder and full of possibility? Fashion sure is. Themes and motifs pillaged from the Wild West — or our fantasy of it — played out all over the fall 2017 runways, most notably at Raf Simons’s debut collection for Calvin Klein, which featured bygone staples in unexpected color combinations.

But unlike many designer trends, this one is available in fine form at a variety of prices. Case in point: Wrangler, a company that can rightfully lay claim to the look, has teamed up with the seminal 1970s designer Peter Max on a collection that’s as psychedelic as it is cowboy appropriate, and won’t eat up your entire shopping budget. Explore that, and other key pieces, below.

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Wrangler’s under-the-radar collaboration is chock-full of Western-inspired pieces updated for 2017. They’re probably not fit for the saddle but perfect for exploring the arguably wilder frontiers of Manhattan’s city streets.

Peter Max x Wrangler collection, from $60 (for a T-shirt) to $240 (for a jacket) at wrangler.com.

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Embroidered details deliver the message without being overpowering.

Bliss and Mischief embroidered corduroy jacket, $498 at shopsuperstreet.com.

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In a dark wash, boot-cut jeans, cropped and frayed, are the perfect base.

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Frame jeans, $235 at Matches Fashion; matchesfashion.com.

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The subtle Calvin Klein take on cowboy boots is a good way for those of us who fear appearing as if Halloween has come early to indulge in the trend.

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC spazzolato leather boots, $1,295 at Barneys New York; barneys.com.

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Levi’s classic trucker jacket has always had rugged appeal. In tawny suede, with a sherpa collar, it’s ready for the range.

Levi’s suede trucker jacket, $325 at Levi’s; levi.com.

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In silk, a western shirt is dressy enough for dinner or the office. Pair with jeans for the chuck wagon, smart black slacks for work.

Barbara Bui silk shirt, $690 at farfetch.com.

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In understated cream, with minimal embellishment, Rocco P.’s boots are just the right amount of cowboy.

Rocco P. leather boots, $750 at farfetch.com.

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If you’re bold enough to go all in on the trend, a fringe jacket with embroidered detail is the ticket.

Alyssa Miller jacket for Understated Leather, $715 at Free People; freepeople.com.

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What’s the speediest way to add some rancher flair to jeans and a T-shirt? How about a studded leather belt?

Topshop leather and silvertone belt, $45 at Topshop; topshop.com.


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