Beyoncé's 'Cowboy Carter' Suit Makes a Bolo Tie Look Black-Tie

Take this creative outfit idea to your next formal event.

Beyonce stands in front of a plain backdrop wearing a cowboy hat and a black suit
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Beyoncé is in the midst of her pivot to country, with one week left until the release of her new album Cowboy Carter. The star has counted down to the second chapter of her overall Renaissance era by amassing a collection of solid and sequined ten-gallon hats, which she's been matching to her outfits at award shows and public outings. Most recently, Bey styled a full formal cowboy look for this year's Gold Party, the annual event she and her husband Jay-Z throw after the Oscars.

The singer posted two Instagram slideshows to belatedly showcase her outfit, both with the caption, "GOLD PARTY." In the photos, Beyoncé wears a black, avant-garde tuxedo. Instead of a bow tie, she tied a shiny black ribbon around her collar, with a string of diamonds hanging down the center.

Beyonce wears a black suit and black cowboy hat in front of a plain wall

Beyoncé celebrated her annual Gold Party in a black wide-leg suit and coordinating cowboy hat.

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The jacket, custom Givenchy, has an almost kimono-esque wrap fit, fastened with what looks like the top of a padlock and layered over her crisp white button-down shirt. Her black, point-toe, patent-leather platform stiletto heels peek out from under her flared trousers.

Bey was dressed by her long-time stylist Shiona Turini. She completed the look with a pair of Alaïa shield sunglasses, subtle silver grills, and diamond earrings.

Beyonce wears a black suit with a cowboy hat in front of a plain wall

Beyoncé has counted down to the release of 'Cowboy Carter' in a range of Western-inspired outfits.

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The Western trend is hot right now, with everyone from models like Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski to artists like Lana Del Rey embracing their own kind of country twang. But Beyoncé's cowboy period comes from a personal place.

"This album has been over five years in the making," she wrote on Instagram.

"It was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed … and it was very clear that I wasn't. But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive. It feels good to see how music can unite so many people around the world, while also amplifying the voices of some of the people who have dedicated so much of their lives educating on our musical history."

With Cowboy Carter coming out March 29, Beyoncé's best country moments are still ahead of her.

Julia Gray

Julia Gray is a contributing fashion writer at Marie Claire, where she covers runway trends, celebrity style, and shopping. In her six years as a journalist, Julia’s reporting has ranged across style, music, Internet culture, art, retail, tech, and more. In addition to Marie Claire, Julia writes for outlets like the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Ringer, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Nylon, and Vice, among others. Julia's fashion reporting is led by curiosity. Julia is not only interested in critiquing and covering pop culture, but in understanding what our pop culture says about how we live and modern values. When she’s not writing, Julia hosts a podcast called Girls Room, where she and her co-host revisit shows like Girls and Gossip Girl from the beginning with guests like comedian Cat Cohen and writer Hunter Harris. Girls Room was recently cited in the New York Times.