Archive for the ‘Leather Belts’ Category
A belt can be made of most anything that is flexible and has some strength to it. Thanks to previous generations of cowboys, our present day western belts are not only functional, but tastefully ornate. It’s hard to imagine a cowboy’s belt being made of anything but leather.
Leather and cowboys just seem to go together, but so do style and cowboys (and, of course, cowgirls). Probably the most popular style for western belts would be tooled leather. If the cowboy wants to advertise who is wrapped in the stylish leather strap, he might even have his name tooled into the middle of the back of the belt.
When I was a teenager, I wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing cowboy belts with conchos. I would have considered that to have made me appear to be “girly” or a “drugstore cowboy”.
How the times have changed. Conchos are in again. Would you believe groups as diverse as English equestrians and bikers can be seen sporting conchos on their belts or bike bags respectively.
As a youngster any thoughts of conchos would have brought to mind native American jewelry or saddles. I think I’ll actually start wearing cowboy belts with conchos occasionally. I’m not even too worried about looking “girly” anymore.
I think belts should have personality and most western belts have that personality. A lot of, but not all, take on character in the form of carving in the leather. Many will have the wearer’s name carved in the middle of the back.
A few years ago I discovered a problem with having your name in the middle of the back of your belt. In this case, when it was made for me I was wearing a size or two larger belt than I do now. When I cinched it up, my name was no longer in the middle of the back.
The solution to that problem isn’t as simple as it might first appear. If you want the name to remain in the middle of the back, the extra length of the belt is on both ends of the belt in equal amounts. Cutting some off the hole end is pretty simple…not so much on the buckle end.
Why would a lady need more than one purse? If you can seriously ask that question, you probably haven’t spent much time with the fairer sex, and may have just crawled out from under a flat rock. Ladies need more than one purse because they have more than one outfit to wear.
Any fool should know that a lady needs to have a purse to match whatever outfit she has chosen to wear at the time. What could match western apparel better than a saddle purse? The more elaborate the outfit, the bigger the saddle purse should be. There are even small saddle purses for those special times when your lady isn’t wearing much at all. Come to think of it maybe you should buy her a very small purse for Christmas….
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.
Now tell me, how silly would you feel wearing half-inch wide belt below a really sharp western shirt? That’s part of character. Western belts are substantial. Putting your name in the middle of the back of a half-inch belt would require doing it with neon lights if you wanted someone to see it.
Well ok, that would have character, but where would you put the batteries in a half-inch belt? See, people who wear western belts are more considerate. What a rotten thing it would be to expect your friends to pretend to admire a nice scroll pattern on a narrow belt. See how much better you feel about yourself knowing how very thoughtful you are?
Doesn’t it make you feel great to do your part in helping to thwart crime? On the other hand, doesn’t it have the opposite effect when you are the victim of a crime. As long as we’re engaging in truisms, isn’t killing two birds with one stone either good for stone conservation or bad for birds?
How is that for a rabbit trail? Stick with me here, I’m going to get to the point now. How many pick-pockets do you know that are good enough to steal your dough out of leather money belts? Ok, the point wasn’t how many pick-pockets you know. The point was doing your part to thwart crime and avoiding the bad feeling of being a crime victim. Hope that cleared it up for everyone…
Let’s talk about style. You don’t have to follow someone else’s style, but we all need style. A POB (plain ol’ belt) is less than optimum style. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking it’s just pob (plain ol’ boring). A belt with some design features is a step up, but is one step enough?
A step beyond would be custom carving on the belt. But are we going to settle for one step and one beyond? Don’t you really think we should go for the gusto? I’m talking now about cowboy belts with conchos. Caution, you may need to carry something to fight off the ladies!
Why would we care about the character and style of our belt? Far too many Americans today only see their belt when they put it on in the morning and take it off in the evening.
Western Belts are wider than just plain ol’ belts. That actually had a different purpose than it generally does today. The extra width began for utility purposes because there’s no telling what you might find hanging on a cowboy’s belt.
Today’s western belt is more of a billboard for a statement or a canvas for art. There are, however, some hazards in that. Several years ago my wife gave me a very nice western belt with my name showcased in the middle of the back. Fortunately, I no longer require my belt to be quite as long as I did then. Do you see the problem emerging? The middle of the back is no longer the middle of the back. To make a long story (and the belt) shorter, I attempted to cut off equal amounts from both ends. Let’s just say it’ll look better when I find someone who knows what they are doing to fix it right…
I know what you’re thinking…”guys don’t wear bling”. Says who? Check out nature. Which gender of birds are normally the brightest and most colorful? Gocha there, huh? Besides that, cowboy belts with conchos could just as well mean cowgirl belts with conchos. If the gals look better with bling, why wouldn’t the guys look better too?
How boring would it be if all guys only wore grey, for instance? If you’re concerned about over-population, guys in grey would probably go a long way towards a solution for that. Now that’s something to think about, isn’t it?