Archive for November, 2012
If a guy needs something to hold his britches up, an old rope will get that done. However, you might as well look your best while you’re hitching up the pants. Any ol’ belt will do the trick too, but cowboy belts with conchos add some real style to the formula.
Western belts have a certain amount of flair already, what with nicely carved designs and all. Adding conchos (you know, the flashy silver looking pieces) to it takes it to a whole new dimension. Besides, if you are walking in the dark and a car comes up behind you, you’ve got built-in reflectors. You’ve got it all, fine looks and safety too.
A little tyke in a western shirt just looks wholesome. Put the young feller in a child’s cowboy duster, and now we’ve really got something. Mount him on a good looking horse and nice tack, that could make a Grampa beam with pride.
Send him out on a trail ride behind the herd where the duster can even earn it’s keep…sorry, I kind of got carried away there. Just thinking about how good grandchildren look in sharp looking western duds has that effect on me.
I’ve said before that one of the greatest things about western apparel is that the guys and the gals can have matching shirts and it looks really good. It goes beyond that though, not only Mom and Dad, but the kids can be matching too.
I love seeing a whole family all decked out in sharp looking western wear. The kids being in children’s western shirts kind of adds the icing to the cake. That kind of gives new meaning to sweet, doesn’t it?
I’ve written before about getting favorable comments (usually from ladies) about a bolo tie I was wearing, but it has usually been from ladies of the slightly “more mature” persuasion. Thanksgiving day I actually received a complement on my bolo from a great-niece who was about 12.
I was already sold on bolo ties vs. those cloth things some people tie around their necks. Now I’m even more convinced that it would be crazy to wear any other kind of tie.
However, since I have to be completely honest, I have to say that that same young lady said she couldn’t believe that I was only four years older than my next younger brother. I was thinking I looked younger than he does, so I’m not sure how much credibility to assign to this rotten kid. (He said, grinning.)
It just occurred to me that youth probably don’t look for youth western wear using that term. When have you ever heard a young person refer to themselves as a “youth”? “Youth” has to be a label given to young people by people who aren’t young people.
I suspect that when a young person looks for western wear, they just use the term “western wear”. It probably wouldn’t even occur to them that there is a category of western wear called “youth western wear”. However, if a parent was looking for western wear for their “youth”, they might actually use the term “youth western wear”.
I’m not sure where I was going with that. Sometimes I just think weird stuff.
I just realized there was a good potential for getting in big trouble talking about youth western shirts. Think about it. Are you going to tell any gal of any age this subject applies to someone other than her? See my point?
Let’s just say a youth of any age looks great in western shirts. Was that a safe enough thing to say? Now let’s get to where I was going with this. Have you ever seen a young fellow wearing a western shirt with his britches drooping low enough you would think he was a plumber from the rear? Oh geeez, now I’m in trouble with the plumbers…
I think we should petition the Miss America pageant folks to include a competition in women’s western shirts. It could include goat tying and barrel racing too. I’m guessing that would increase the odds of gals west of the Mississippi becoming Miss America.
Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for cowgirls. They just look so dog-gone cute when they come riding into the arena at the beginning of a rodeo. But one of the best things about western shirts is that guys and gals can have matching ones. Swimming suits…not so much.
Yesterday we discussed how western leather purses might differ from other leather purses. But does a purse have to be leather to be western? Another good question. I don’t recall ever hearing of a clearing house for determining what purses qualify as western, and which ones don’t.
That leaves us determining for ourselves which ones qualify as western. I’m thinking that either tooled or fringed leather will be one of the most prominent indicators. But since we’re deciding for ourselves, if you see a purse that looks and feels western, I’m sure not going to tell you it isn’t. Again, if it looks like a saddle, probably a western purse.
What, you might ask, makes western leather purses different from other leather purses? Good question. Now all we’re missing is a good answer. But wait, we’re not done yet. One of the distinguishing characteristics of western purses is typically tooling in the leather. Western purses often have patterns carved into the leather.
Another feature might be some leather fringes on the purse. Conchos often adorn western purses too. Now if you see a leather purse and the top part of it looks a lot like a saddle, that right there is a dead give-away.
I’ve already pontificated that if you want to look like a real cowboy you need to be wearing a western duster. Let’s see if we can come up with a couple more reasons to wear a duster.
Of course if you’re going to be going on a long trail drive and will be spending significant time behind the herd in the dust… That would be covered by why we have dusters anyway.
Now if you are feeling an irresistible urge to spend some time in the saddle with a long coat on, a trench coat isn’t going to work. They aren’t split far enough up the back. A western duster is. See, I knew we could come up with a couple more reasons.