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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!
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!
Boy am I bummed! Just when I thought Google knew everything, I asked who first referred to a shirt as “western”. Its now official, Google may know most things, but not everything. I re-learned some stuff I already knew, like a first sergeant is sometimes referred to as first shirt.
I doubt that I even referred to any shirt as western when I was a kid. They were just shirts. What we now call western shirts were just what we wore. I wonder why I would expect Google to know when someone, out of everyone in the world, first referred to a shirt as western? I don’t even know when I did.
Yesterday I asked Google about “Eastern Bolo Tie”, and Google was having none of that nonsense. Today I did the same thing for “Eastern Duster”. Turns out that some lady on ask.com gave an answer as to what an eastern duster is. I have no idea if she knew what she was talking about, but it sounded reasonable…something about a rain coat.
Have you ever heard of a long cattle drive east of the Mississippi? Cattle drives gave birth to the duster. If you’ve never been on a cattle drive, it gets a bit dusty behind all those critters, and the western duster kept the dust off the clothes.
Even if there had been cattle drives east of the big river, it probably wouldn’t have kicked up much of a cloud anyway. They got no dust…too much rain.
Although the design/pattern of men’s western shirts are often the same as shirts for the ladies, there are some differences. One difference that comes to mind is a rather unfortunate commentary on the guys. The guy’s shirts can tend to be larger to accommodate more content a little further south than the ladies.
Another difference, it seems, is because more people are right handed than are left handed. The difference here is that for the ladies, the buttons are on the left. But more ladies, like men, are right handed too, you might say. It turns out that long, long ago, most ladies had servants dressing them, and apparently most servants are right handed too. That could be helpful today too, if your lady needs a little help unbuttoning her shirt…unless you’re left handed.
If you want to stand out, wear a denim duster coat to your next black tie dinner. I mean, what else can you do? Are you going to wear a blacker tie than the next guy? While you’re at it, put on your best pink western shirt under the duster.
I think I may have caught myself in a bit of stereo-typing. After I had typed that last sentence above, it occurred to me that wouldn’t be all that unusual if a cowgirl were to wear that. I guess I was stuck in a rut with blinders. And you can’t believe how close I just came to ending the last sentence with “on”, a preposition.
When I saw the title of the article…”How to wear a western shirt without looking like a cowboy”, I immediately didn’t like the author very much. I think I’m a pretty open-minded guy. As a matter of fact, its so open I loose things out of it all the time.
However, when the next thing he wants me to know is that I shouldn’t wear cowboy shirts with any of: bolo tie, cowboy hat, cowboy boots, a neckerchief, or spurs, he lost me for good.
The next time he orders a filet mignon, I hope he realizes that chunk of beef once had a fairly close relationship with someone who probably looked a lot like what he doesn’t want anyone to resemble.
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’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.
When I was growing up, I didn’t think of the shirts worn by most of the men around me as “men’s western shirts“, I just thought of them as shirts. You wear shirts and you wear pants…it was a ranch. We weren’t going to be wearing polo shirts.
Actually, my Mom did occasionally buy me some polo shirts for school. I remember thinking how retarded they looked. Funny what kids have strong feelings about, isn’t it? Maybe the thing I appreciated most about western shirts was the snaps. You could just grab the tails on either side of the front and rip ‘em up. Buttons are such a pain…