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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.
“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 like “Imagine” by the Beatles. Great things have always started with imagination. As a matter of fact I used to get scolded by my teachers in school for imagining too much. They called it day dreaming.
I was fortunate. A lot of the stuff that could start with an imagination session triggered by something as simple as kids chaps were always available to me. I had chaps, a saddle and even a choice of horses to ride out and do a bit of the stuff you do with such things on a ranch. Then I got older, and all that became work…but it started with imagination.
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 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…
Is a kids character influenced by what they wear, or is it vice-versa, that a kid’s character influences what they wear? I would like to think that what kids wear helps to determine their character. I also like to think that kids western wear can help to build healthy character for kids.
I doubt that many would question whether children’s role models are an influence in their character. Call me old fashion, biased, or whatever, I’ll plead guilty to all of the above. Fact is that I consider farming and ranching a pretty healthy culture. Kids could sure do worse for role models.