The New Fashion Frontier
Argentina is hot, hot, hot, and so are clothes that evoke its colorful cowboy culture.
Model in argentina
Road to Romance
Shades of days when women rode sidesaddle: This exquisitely fitted skirt, with its daring train and ruched bustle, is sexy in a ladylike way, while the blouse takes ruffles in a modern direction (Costello Tagliapietra, $1,600 and $890). A long, slim silhouette for evening is a sensuous idea—better still if you mix masculine and feminine elements. The delicacy of the shirt, earrings (Wendy Mink Jewelry), and peep-toe wedges (Nine West) plays well against the crisp gathers of the skirt. Jewelry (beads, Annika Salame for By Boe), a studded belt (Ariat), and one of Argentina's raffish gaucho hats complete the look.
Model on a horse in Argentina - cowgirl chic
Local Colors
Argentina's Las Pampas region is home to great plains, big skies, and country-style retreats like the 400-acre Estancia El Rocío. Populating the landscape are the legendary gauchos—South America's equivalent of the cowboy—with their trademark berets and neck scarves. Saddle up with an ageless shape such as a richly embroidered cotton tunic (Irving and Fine, $230), which adapts to all kinds of cultures (and flatters all sorts of bodies). This version has full sleeves and is cinched with a beaded, silver belt (Yvonne Duff-Franklin for Culture Shock). Jeans (Eileen Fisher, $168) have gaucho-esque panache, as does the fringed shawl (Coldwater Creek, $249). Keep jewelry organic with bangles (Amrita Singh; Nine West) and a necklace (Satya Jewelry).
Woman in a field in a gingham skirt
Splendor in the Grasslands
The sweet North American charm of red-and-white gingham (Michael Kors) marries beautifully with brilliant embroidery on a South American–style peasant blouse (Topshop, $50). Keep the folkloric theme going with a snazzy silver concha belt (Ariat), beaded necklaces and bracelets (Satya Jewelry), an intricately incised cuff (Silpada Designs), and suede boots (Guess). A swishy skirt like this isn't just for parties—you could also wear it with a plain tee on weekends.
Gaucho chic - woman in stable
Dreaming in Spanish
Take a different tack with your everyday wardrobe: Start with something simple like a roll-sleeved button-down shirt (Calvin Klein, $69)—try a hotter color than usual—and cropped khakis (Worthington by JCPenney, $44). Shape the shirt with a low-slung belt that has a striking coin-studded buckle (Just Cavalli); add a necklace of leather cords strung with peace and religious symbols from around the world (Tory Burch). Finish with sculptural hoops (Robert Lee Morris Studio) and a bevy of tiny bead bracelets (Nine West). 

Woman in a sunflower field
Boho in Bloom
At play in the fields, this ravishing smock dress (Anna Sui, $484) shows Spanish lineage. The glowing florals and unstructured shape have a certain innocence, but the sheer black fabric (there's a built-in slip) ensures it won't look too girlish. With a pattern this elaborate, you don't need much jewelry: Orange bead-rimmed earrings (Nine West) are a variation on the classic hoop, and long, organic-looking necklaces have a torso-slimming effect. Wear three or four at once, choosing different lengths but staying with the same delicate scale (necklaces, Satya Jewelry; geode pendant, Club Monaco).
Gaucho chic in Argentina
A Little Horseplay
Polo plays a big part in the culture of Argentina, and men on horseback are a common sight at Estancia El Rocío, where there are two fields, plus clinics and tournaments. Even if you're just watching a match, it's fun to dress the part. Exquisitely cut riding pants (Ralph Lauren Blue Label, $245), in a vivid color and finished with a silver-buckled belt (Ariat), team up with a shirt in a spirited print (Jones New York Signature, $59). Clothes this casual call for clean-lined jewelry—like gypsy-ish hoops (Nine West), a rosewood bangle (Silpada Designs), and a brass link bracelet (Paige Novick).
Model and a horse in Argentina
Riding Into The Sunset
Here in the North, we think of gaucho pants as wide, cropped trousers. Not so: Real bombachas are long and slouchy, with a buttoned cuff at the ankle to prevent pants from riding up. This cotton pair looks surprisingly sultry with a satin silk blouse, draped to expose the back, and a debonair fedora (pants and blouse, Ralph Lauren Collection, $798 and $1,298; fedora, Patricia Underwood for Ralph Lauren Collection). To wear the woven sash (a local find; you could also use a long printed scarf), wrap it around your waist a few times, then tuck in the ends—the pattern makes neutrals come alive. 

Boots, Guess 

Beauty Bonus:
You don't need to fuss over your makeup with these back-at-the-ranch looks. Fake a bare, sun-kissed complexion with powder bronzer (like Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Bronzing Powder, $32). Use a short, fluffy brush to apply it everywhere the sun would hit: cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, chin, and forehead. Low-cut blouse? Dust a little over your neck and chest too. See more of O's favorite makeup.