For the July 2011 issue of Essence Magazine, Beyonce gets in touch with her Texas roots once again by playing on the cowgirl aesthetic. While the look has often had campy outcomes in the past, a few wisely chosen wardrobe pieces can elevate and update this classic American accessory. Here are five great picks

Update this classic version with a striped tee and slouched rolled khakis for a Midwestern/nautical mash-up
Hat, $107, Hatcountry

This inexpensive version allows you to play with the trend, if only for a summer trip to an amusement park.
Hat, $8, Walmart

A low key look gets an upgrade with this elegant style.
Hat, $373, Forzieri

A crisp white shirt and denim jeans mix nicely with this casually chic version.
Hat, $10, Tilly’s

Go ahead and throw on your cowboy boots, prairie skirt and denim button-down for this traditional version.
Hat, $90, Cowboy Hat Country

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