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.
It would seem like “Cowboy Tie, Bolo” would be be redundant or axiomatic, but “seem” would have failed you. It is true that the bolo is included in the repertoire of cowboy ties, but the bolo is moving beyond the western scene.
On the other hand, “Cowboy Tie” includes much more than just the bolo. There are occasions when cowboys will even wear the traditional business tie.
Scarves, of course, are always a great option for a cowboy. It is a fact, however, that the beloved bolo continues to be the staple for “Cowboy Tie”.
Could a cowboy tie be anything but a bolo? Look at it this way…would you expect a cowboy to be wearing a bolo when he is rounding up strays after a storm? Neither would I, but I would, on the other hand, expect to see a scarf around his neck to keep him warmer.
I guess about anything a cowboy wanted to put around his neck would be a cowboy tie, but a scarf would probably show up there more often than a bolo. If he wants to be dressy, it might be just one loop around his neck and tied with tails. But a couple of loops and a knot would look good too and be a lot warmer.
“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 say “Cowboy Hats”, I suspect that most everyone gets the same picture in their mind’s eye. The capacity of the hat seen may not be a full ten gallons, but I would imagine that it would have a wide brim all the way around and a higher than normal crown with some sort of crease.
The reality of what you would see might be considerably different if you were to venture out to where the work of cowboys was being done, particularly in the cold months of the year. The picture you got when you read “Cowboy Hats” probably didn’t include ear-flaps. It’s down around zero degrees fahrenheit outside right now, and if I’m headed out after some strays, my headgear will certainly include something to cover my ears.
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.
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?
Anyone who has followed this blog at all knows that it’s no secret that I really favor the bolo tie. That doesn’t mean I never wear any other kind of tie. I long ago learned to make a very nice looking double windsor knot. I even like how I look in a suit and a tie.
However, that is reserved for very special occasions when it’s more appropriate to wear something more formal. That’s right, a bolo tie is less formal…and more comfortable too, by the way.