Posts Tagged ‘Kids Western Wear’
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…
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!
I wonder how much Buffalo Bill had to do with popularizing western apparel? For those of us who have been raised in the Wesstern US, the idea of Colonel Cody’s Wild West Show seems a bit garish.
Even so, how much different was his show from the modern rodeo? The fact is that people were curious about western culture as presented by the show and were attracted to much of it. Did I answer my own question, or further confuse the issue?
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.
Who would have thought that the place to buy cowboy hats at auction would be…Norway??? The country is prone to smuggling because of their high import taxes and high domestic prices. So what do the authorities do with the items they seize? Online auctions, of course.
Not only could you buy cowboy hats, but you could pick a wooden bathtub (as well as two more for your neighbors). I’m thinking that would encourage bathing often. As I recall, wooden buckets and water tanks leak when they get dry.
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?
Ya gotta wear something, right? Especially if you live in Wyoming. It can get a bit chilly here. Add the wind chill factor to that, and you don’t get a lot of nudist colonies in Wyoming.
So if you have to wear something, you might as well wear something that makes you look good, right? Now, if we consider that lots of folks in movies look really good, we’re closing in on what we should be wearing…what people in movies wear, right? Stick with me here, we’re about to arrive at a conclusion. When you’ve discussed what kind of a movie to pick up to watch that evening, have you ever said “Let’s get an Eastern…or a Northern…or a Southern? No you haven’t, but it’s a good bet that someone has suggested “Lets get a good Western”. There you go, western apparel is your answer!
When do you suppose the Worlds Champion All-Around Cowboy of 2032 is going to start thinking about becoming the best all-around cowboy in the world. I’d bet that if we took a poll of all the previous All-Around Champs in the past 20 years, we would find out that many of them had seen themselves as champions as kids.
What does that suggest about when kids are ready for some of the gear that goes with the game? Here’s another poll we could do. Let’s ask some of the kids in our lives whether they would see themselves as winners or losers in a nice pair of kids chaps. I remember my first pair, and I felt pretty special. Ok, so I didn’t become the Worlds Champion All-Around Cowboy, but there’s only one a year.
There are a lot of good reasons to be wearing chaps and a vest. The most common is probably for some protection from the elements while you are working. That becomes even more important when the work is trying to spend 8 long seconds on a ton of highly agitated bull-flesh.
Now if you are a child, you probably aren’t going to be involved in that kind of activity…or are you? You may remember from your childhood that just because it’s imagined, it’s no less real. Hence the reason may be even better for a kid to be the proud owner of the above-mentioned cowboy chaps vest child.