Make My Day with Leopard Boots and a Blanket Poncho

A poncho takes on a western vibe with leopard boots, leather and silver jewelry, and a black hat.

In one of my English courses at George Mason University, my professor made us watch the famed 1954 Japanese movie Seven Samauri. We were studying Japanese culture at the time and his lesson was centered on the similarities between that movie and the spaghetti westerns that became popular in the mid-1960s. Seven Samauri was actually remade into the American movie, The Magnificent Seven, but there is one name synonymous with spaghetti westerns. C’mon, take a guess. But first, you’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya?

A poncho takes on a western vibe with leopard boots, leather and silver jewelry, and a black hat.

That’s right, Clint Eastwood asked this question and he starred in some of the best known spaghetti westerns, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  I loved his early movies and I stayed a fan through his later films when he portrayed an older and world-weary cowboy. He was tough as nails and  always had a sense of coolness about him on the screen.  I could watch him disappear on the horizon forever.

The Cowboy and the Poncho

Today’s outfit is a little tribute to Clint Eastwood the Cowboy. Just a quick note: I do realize that the quotes I’m referring to in my headline and throughout this post are from Dirty Harry Clint, but they still came from the man who portrayed my favorite cowboys of all time!

I’m also featuring a few thrifted items for Day 5 of the Thrifted Chic Style Challenge. Let’s talk about the poncho first, which was not thrifted. I bought it last year from Nordstrom Rack. When it came in, I was surprised at how big and bulky it was. But I loved its colors which reminded me of the desert. It also reminded me of Eastwood’s poncho-clad character in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

A poncho takes on a western vibe with leopard boots, leather and silver jewelry, and a black hat.

So I wouldn’t get lost in the voluminous material, I belted the poncho in the front but left the back free so I could move around easily. It’s still bulky, but the front of the poncho stays out of my way with the belt. Also, by gathering it closer to my body, it keeps me pretty warm.

I’m wearing a plain cream colored long-sleeve t-shirt under the poncho. I’m also wearing my skinny mid-rise jeans from Target.

Leopard Boots

Leopard Boots

Now check out these awesome boots! My mom and I were thrift shopping (again) when I saw these tucked into a stall in the warehouse we were in. I immediately fell in love with their design. The leather and suede on the front and the leopard on the back is pretty unique.

I almost ran to the register.

This silver and leather cross adds a western vibe to a poncho and jeans outfit.

But on the way there, this silver cross necklace caught my eye. I love the large shape of the cross and the rustic feel of the leather strands. At only $3, I could not pass it by.

This silver and leather bracelet adds a western vibe to a poncho and jeans outfit.

This cuff bracelet was in another stall at the same warehouse. How perfect does this silver and leather bracelet match the cross necklace? These two weren’t even on display together AND they were in different stalls in the store. This was also a bargain at $1.50.

I thought my large silver leather earrings from Plunder went well with these two pieces. I’ve linked them below.

Needless to say, I bought the boots and the jewelry and couldn’t wait to put them together for this particular outfit. I already had a western look in mind and my black hat from World Market added the finishing touch. Isn’t it funny how some outfits come together? Sometimes you can’t even picture what one piece will go with when you buy it and other times, you already have the whole look worked out in your head before you leave the store.

A poncho takes on a western vibe with leopard boots, leather and silver jewelry, and a black hat.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Wait, that’s from a television show, The A-Team. Yep, I’m a fan of that series too. George Peppard, the cigar-smoking Hannibal Smith and leader of the team used to say that about the team’s plans when they were on a mission. Wait, you say The A-Team wasn’t a western. You’re right, it wasn’t. But George Peppard played the lead in the iconic western film, How The West Was Won.

What can I say? Western movies make my day.

A poncho takes on a western vibe with leopard boots, leather and silver jewelry, and a black hat.

Photos by Hunter I. Riddle

What I Wore

Poncho (Old, Nordstrom Rack): Similar, Similar/ Jeans (from Target last year): Similar/ Hat (from World Market last year): Similar, Similar/ Boots (Thrifted): Similar/ Necklace (Thrifted): Similar/ Bracelet (Thrifted): Similar/ Earrings: Here

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