Posts Tagged ‘Men’s 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…
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!
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.
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?
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.
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 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…
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.