Psst…we’ve got the lowdown on one of this fall’s biggest trends, Country Chic. Nope, it doesn’t involve wearing cowboy hats and boots (unless that’s how you want to wear it…you do you, boo). It’s more like Ralph Lauren meets modern log cabin, with a dash of sass.

preppy basics
Start building your country chic outfit with basic pieces that Ralph Lauren himself would be proud of. Denim is always a good idea, but this trend is about classic style so skip the destructed or blingy jeans. Dark denim skinny or bootcut jeans are a safe bet, or you can opt for a denim skirt. This cute denim pencil skirt from Gordmans is just 14.99!

As for tops, a crisp white button-down shirt is always a good call. The preppy go-to turtleneck is also making a comeback. You can get the one we paired with that cute denim skirt at Gordmans for 3.99. That is not a typo! “Wait…so you’re saying I can get two-thirds of that trendy outfit for less than $20?!” That is totally what we’re saying.

pattern play
Speaking of Mr. Lauren, the iconic designer loves him some plaid. And so does the country chic trend. You could add a simple plaid blazer or cardigan to your preppy basics, like the one above with a windowpane pattern (14.99 at Gordmans, by the way). Or you could add a bit of sass to your chic and pair different patterns, textures and colors with plaid pieces. That’s what we did when we topped a plaid skirt (also 3.99 at Gordmans and also not a typo) with a colorblock sweater (9.99) and a textured cardi (14.99). Olivia Miller mesh ankle boots (17.99) mix things up even more and help make the look a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll.

modern mountain
Could a trend that screams “winter in the mountains” NOT include comfy ski-resort-chic sweaters? Gonna go with no on that one. This Aztec crewneck sweater (12.99) with Southwestern touches gives sitting by a fire in a log cabin vibes.

You could wear it with rugged blue jeans and hiking boots, but that would be more shabby than chic. Perfect for chopping wood, but not so much for meeting a friend for coffee. Instead, pair it with moto jeans to take the look up a notch! Better yet, green moto jeans! Better yet, green moto jeans for 9.99 from Gordmans! Then save the hiking boots for, you know, hiking and grab these suede and lace booties by Very Volatile to complete your modern mountain look.