Posts Tagged ‘Cowboy Shirts’
Does anyone remember watching a western movie where the male star and the female star were dressed the same? I don’t remember ever seeing anything like that. As I recall, the male star usually wore something pretty plain, and the females mostly wore gingham dresses…and bonnets.
I personally appreciate the nice patterns and colors of western shirts now. I also like the fact that I can wear the same shirt as the ladies except that my buttons will be on the correct (right) side of the shirt. Just a while back, we discussed the fact that women’s western shirts (as well as most women’s shirts/blouses) have the buttons on the left side…because long ago, someone else dressed the ladies.
I’m not sure why I even started this discussion again, because most western shirts now have snaps instead of buttons, and the snaps are on the right side for the ladies and the left for the guys. You just get to the point you think you have something figured out, and someone comes along and changes it. What a way to start the new year…confused.
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.
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…
It just occurred to me how glad I am that not everyone wears western shirts. If everyone wore them, those of us with better tastes in shirts wouldn’t be so special. How could you tell then, who had the best tastes in shirts?
I suppose though, the contest could come down to the best tastes in western shirts, but then that would be almost an impossible task, since all western shirts are a reflection of the best tastes in shirts. Let’s see, what was the point I was going to make?
In most species, we’re told, it’s the male of the species that is all gussied up. I’m not lobbying for an exclusive here on being flashy, but equality can go both ways. I think the culture of western wear gets it right in that department. It’s not just acceptable for men and women to wear the same kind of shirt, it’s fashionable.
I like the way women look in western shirts, and I think their men look great in matching mens western shirts. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the ladies being a bit more dressy than the guys. And a nice looking western let’s the men compete on an almost level playing field. How ’bout we settle on win-win?
I recently spent nearly three months working in Hawaii. I’ve always thought of those flowery short sleeved shirts as “Hawaiian Shirts”. One thing I noticed right away was that very few Hawaiians wear them. Most of them who wear those shirts are somehow associated with the tourist industry. Lots of the tourists wear them. I jokingly told people that’s the way the locals “brand” tourists to keep track of us.
I have a couple of those colorful, flowery shirts, but I wore western shirts most of the time. I’ve occasionally been accused of being a bit of a contrarian…not just for what I wear. I like western shirts and maybe I do like to be different. Ok, I’ll admit it I like to stand out, and wearing a “tourist” shirt doesn’t do that when everyone knows you aren’t a local.