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Isn’t it funny how we see and talk about things? Hawaii is about as much west of California as California is west of New York, but western apparel is still western in Honolulu. Americans (even the ones in Hawaii) seem to have a romance with western. That includes a whole genre of movies.
When I spent some time working on Oahu last summer, I usually wore western shirts and boots to work. Never did anyone observe that I was wearing eastern attire, and Wyoming is considerably east of Oahu. Sometimes I worry about myself when I thing about weird stuff like this…
Men’s western shirts have the whole package. Good colors, two pockets, nice lines and snaps instead of buttons. What more could you possibly want? But I don’t want to be like the bird kingdom, hogging all the cool colors to the male of the species. I think the ladies should get to look good too.
Two pockets on a shirt is just a natural requirement. When you’re doin’ stuff, ya gotta have stuff to do it with. Pockets are where you put the stuff.
Shirts without the outline of the yoke are just boring. And the snaps…that’s the best of all. Why would anyone want to use buttons to close up your shirt when you could have snaps? Even better than that, when it’s time to take it off, just pull the tails apart in front at the bottom and just keep on pulling!
Ok all you city slickers, I can certainly appreciate nice looking ladies all dolled up in thousand dollar gowns too. However, a good looking cowgirl in ladies western wear will get my best-dressed vote every time. There’s just something wholesome about the rodeo queen as she comes charging into the rodeo arena on her favorite horse.
It’s not just the queen either, the entire mounted drill team is eye-catching. Call me old-fashioned if you will, but I appreciate wholesomeness. Surely that doesn’t have anything to do with the aging process…do ya think?
There are a lot of kids in the rural west who would probably be surprised to be informed that they were dressed in kids western wear. It’s just what they are accustomed to wearing. However, for most kids, particularly those in an urban setting, western wear is something special.
Does anyone know any kid who doesn’t enjoy being special? I think kids are naturally romantic, creative and imaginative. Give them western apparel outfits, and they can become whoever happens to be their favorite cowboy or cowgirl.
With any luck they won’t start to believe they should try to spend eight seconds on two thousand pounds of bull-flesh…at least not until they’ve had time to acquire better sense. Just kidding bull riders…the reason I’ve never mounted one of those beasts is not that I had better sense, it was a shortage of intestinal fortitude.
Want to complete the deal? You’re not completely decked out in western attire until you put on your denim duster coat. As a matter of fact, if the duster is the only item of western gear you’re wearing, I’m gonna be thinking cowboy…
Not only that, if you happen to have a big herd of cattle to drive to the rail-head, you will only need a few other things beyond the denim duster coat. Let’s see…a few other riders, several horses, a chuck wagon,… Oh yeah, and a ream of government permits.
“Cowboy” this or “Cowboy” that almost implies some sort of uniform that cowboys are required to wear. If you haven’t noticed, cowboys have a tendency to be somewhat independently minded. Telling most cowboys they have to wear or do something specific probably isn’t going to get the results you wanted.
However, go to a rodeo or western dance, and you’ll probably see a lot of very similar shirts. You can probably take it to the bank that is the result of the wearers not being told they had to wear them, but chose to anyway. You can also take it to the bank those shirts are “Cowboy Shirts“.
When you see a young-un wearing a child’s cowboy duster, it probably doesn’t mean the little tyke just came in from trailing a big herd of longhorns…or does it? You have no idea what that child has been seeing in their mind’s eye.
It wouldn’t be that hard to believe the child had just been trail boss and covered a thousand miles bringing the herd to the rail head. We would probably all be better off if we spent a little time in our own head behind a herd of cattle.
What does western wear say about youth? You may not have given much thought to this particular subject, but to me it indicates a departure from grunge and goth. I see more of youth western shirts in my part of the world, because lots of young people are into 4-H, FFA, and rodeo.
I guess I don’t have any science to back this up, but I also think it says family loud and clear. Maybe my logic is that wearing western shirts has a good chance of following the example of your parents. Do we dare to hope that at least some portion of our youth are not ashamed to associate with and emulate their parents?
Children are just smaller versions of adults. Well, ok, younger and less mature too…in most cases. The point is they have a right to look fine too. And how could you look finer than when you’re wearing a western shirt?
Besides that, children need to have some practice in learning to be adults. Children’s western shirts are just smaller versions of adults western shirts. I would hope we set a good enough example that our children would want to see us as a model for them to imitate. How better for Jr. to do that than to wear a shirt that looks just like Dad’s…or Missy in a shirt just like Mom’s?
I consider myself to be blessed to be able to live in a state and region where youth western wear is not only acceptable, but appreciated. Sure, we have some of the low-rider pants that feature about four inches of underwear above the belt line, but they are in the minority.
Rodeo is big here, and although the attire for the young folks who participate in that sport isn’t all western any more, most have a great looking western shirt. There sure aren’t any of the low-rider britches on bulls. There wouldn’t be enough leg below the crotch to straddle those bad boys!