Posts Tagged ‘Ladies 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…
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.
I suppose most cultures can be identified with the style of clothing they wear. If you let your mind run through different styles of apparel, you will probably be able to identify the culture and the area of the world that naturally relates well to the style.
I think western wear is a bit different, but probably not alone, in that wherever people are, they choose western apparel in order to identify with a life-style more than a culture. My theory is that it’s a life-style that has to do with caring for and working with cattle and horses. I’m pretty sure that the culture of Wyoming and Argentina are significantly different, but I suspect the life-styles are more the same than different.
Can you tell I haven’t been trained as a sociologist or an anthropologist? Have a great new year everybody!
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 think we should petition the Miss America pageant folks to include a competition in women’s western shirts. It could include goat tying and barrel racing too. I’m guessing that would increase the odds of gals west of the Mississippi becoming Miss America.
Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for cowgirls. They just look so dog-gone cute when they come riding into the arena at the beginning of a rodeo. But one of the best things about western shirts is that guys and gals can have matching ones. Swimming suits…not so much.
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 are cowboy shirts appropriate attire? For me, that’s pretty easy…when I want to be dressed. I may have tunnel vision in that area though. Some might say they want a white dress shirt when they put on a suit. I would probably be putting on a western shirt, and I have nice white western shirts to wear with them.
The bottom line is that I can’t decide for you what is appropriate dress. You don’t make that decision for me either. Different situations might call for different attire. Going to work? I go to work in western shirts. If I were working on an oil rig, for instance, I wouldn’t wear the same shirt I wear with my suit…but I suspect you already had that figured out.
Western wear covers a wide range of styles. From heavy denim work clothes to some pretty flashy color combinations and patterns, it all depends on what your needs and wants are. If you’re headed for the high country to bring the herd down, the chances are that you will dress a bit different than if you are headed for town on Saturday evening.
Even then what you wear might depend on what you’re headed to town for. If you’re going to be on the bandstand pickin’ and grinnin’ for the dance, you might be dressed about like the dancers. On the other hand, if you are the headliner for a concert, the chances are that your outfit will be amped up a bit. The bottom line is that a full range of western wear will fill a bunch of closets.
Ok, so I have a wierd curiosity…but I really wonder. Who was the strong willed woman who said “Ok, that’s enough already with the stylish shirts for only the guys”. “After all, we’ve been making them for you bozos, we’re gonna make ourselves some women’s western shirts.”
So it probably didn’t happen that way. But if you don’t buy my story, send me your own explanation. Why can we now enjoy seeing the fairer sex all dolled up in those gorgeous shirts. Maybe we’ll have a contest for the best story…
I’m talkin’ ’bout the cowboy kind of western apparel here, pardner. If yer just lookin’ at those lines that run North and South on the globe, nothing in the U.S. gets more western than Amatignak Island in the Aleutian chain, but you’ve never seen anyone in an igloo sporting a cowboy hat. Now North Dakota gets about as cold, and cowboys up there are probably tough enough to wear cowboy hats in the winter, but that’s another story.
It’s really hard to “Cowboy Up” if you aren’t wearing cowboy duds. And if you are wearing western apparel, you’ll look like you’ve done the cowboy up thing, whether you actually have or not.