Get Urban Cowboy Chic In Five Simple Pieces

Sometimes it's hard to look chic in the summer heat, which is why we've always adored easy-to-wear staples that we can throw together with a stylish flair, while maintaining our cool before the morning AC kicks in. This NYC chick has got the urban cowboy look down pat with essentials that are more Manhattan the Montana—think a super-soft black v-neck, distressed denim shorts, low cowboy-ish boots, a come-hither hat, and, to spice it up, a bangin' gold knuckle ring. So, if you want to look flawlessly cool in the summer heat, here are five pieces that will certainly set you apart. Lasso not included.

Essential #1: Black V-Neck—This super soft v-neck is the perfect go-to for the summer. It's worn-in without being ratty and comfy without being sloppy.
T by Alexander Wang Classic T with Pocket, $82, available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street); 212-826-8900

Essential #2: Distressed Denim Shorts—Get grungy with these denim shorts. Buy em' as is or make it your DIY project, either way, you'll want to get on board with these.
Urban Outfitters Urban Renewel Lace Destroyed Denim Shorts, $58, available at Urban Outfitters, 628 Broadway (between Houston and Bleecker Streets); 212-475-0009
Essential #3: Embracing the past is always in in fashion, and these Zodiac USA boots have deep roots in 70s rock-n-roll. Remade from vintage styles, they pay homage to Americana fashion, meaning you'll wanna show some patriotism all the time.
Zodiac USA Panda Boot, $161, available for pre-order exclusively for R29 readers. Email Zodiac directly .
Essential #4: Shade yourself from the sun's harmful rays with this straw hat that's kinda cowboy Casanova without being too down-home.
Eric Javits Squishee IV Wide Brim Hat, $195, available at Nordstrom Rack, 60 Eeast 14th Street (between Broadway and 4th Avenue); 212-220-2080
Essential #5: Sometimes the bigger, the better, and that's definitely the case with this gold knuckle-adorning ring from resident bad-girl Erin Wasson, perfect for knocking out that rowdy boy at the bar.
Erin Wasson Lowluv Armor Knuckle Ring, $80, available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Broadway and Crosby Street); 212-219-2688, Starting June 30.
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