Taylor Swift accessorizes her red carpet dress with a pair of classic cowboy boots.

Cowboy boots are a surprisingly versatile footwear choice and are a smart way to add a little ruggedness to a range of outfit types. Use a pair of cowboy boots to make a fancy dress more relaxed or to change up your regular go-to weekend look. To get the most mileage out of your boots, choose a traditional pair in black or a rich shade of brown.

All-American Denim

The combination of denim and cowboy boots is about as all-American as apple pie, but the combination can look a bit too country if not styled properly. To keep your boots-and-jeans look city-ready, switch out your blue jeans for a colored or patterned pair of skinnies and tuck them inside your boots. Complete the look with a neutral silk blouse and chunky gold jewelry. Or wear your cowboy boots underneath some dark blue boot-cut jeans. Layer a ladylike crewneck cardigan over a black or white cotton tank and accessorize with a delicate silver pendant necklace and pearl stud earrings.

Nighttime Looks

For an entirely unexpected – but completely complementary – pairing, wear your cowboy boots with your favorite night-out pieces. Your ranch-ready boots can help you get more mileage out of your sequined tops, brocade skirts and lace cocktail dresses, making such items absolutely appropriate for more low-key occasions. Dress down a slinky silk dress by pairing it with your cowboy boots and an unbuttoned chambray top. Add delicate gold jewelry – a thin pendant necklace and a stack of simple bangles – and a simple leather clutch, and you’re ready for a night out with your friends.

Casual Weekend Leggings

Update your go-to casual weekend look by pairing some worn-in cowboy boots with black leggings and a comfortable tunic or slouchy sweater. Cowboy boots offer a simple alternative to riding boots, which are a standard pairing for leggings and a sweater. Complete your laid-back weekend outfit with just a few accessories: a chunky gold cuff bracelet, oversized gold stud earrings and a brown leather cross-body bag are all you need. When the weather starts to get cold, add a classic quilted jacket to keep the look pulled-together.

Warm-Weather Dresses

Give your feet a break from high-heel sandals this summer and pair your favorite sundress with some sturdy cowboy boots instead. Wear a bright, patterned sundress with some dark brown cowboy boots for a Saturday afternoon event. A pearl necklace, matching stud earrings, and a simple gold envelope clutch keeps your ensemble garden-party-appropriate. If there’s a breeze in the air, throw a navy blue blazer on over your dress for an elegant equestrian vibe.