Posts Tagged ‘Western Apparel’
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!
If you just watched western movies, you could get the impression that ladies western wear consisted almost entirely of very long, mostly unflattering, rather drab dresses. That would be the wrong impression. The ladies get to wear shirts/blouses that match the men’s.
The major difference, of course, is that the ladies look much better in them than the men. That statement could cause me to lose some favor with the guys, but any fool could see that would be much better than losing favor with the ladies.
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.
It just occurred to me that youth probably don’t look for youth western wear using that term. When have you ever heard a young person refer to themselves as a “youth”? “Youth” has to be a label given to young people by people who aren’t young people.
I suspect that when a young person looks for western wear, they just use the term “western wear”. It probably wouldn’t even occur to them that there is a category of western wear called “youth western wear”. However, if a parent was looking for western wear for their “youth”, they might actually use the term “youth western wear”.
I’m not sure where I was going with that. Sometimes I just think weird stuff.
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 that I had never seen a cross-dresser in ladies western wear…or have I? If western wear makes ladies look as good as it does, why wouldn’t ladies western wear make a cross-dresser look like a really fine woman? Have you ever seen a guy cross dressing in ladies western wear? How do you know?
I’ve got you wondering now haven’t I? Unless you know them, I’d bet you look differently at the next 10 persons in ladies western wear than you did before. Now I’m curious, so after you’ve done your research, leave me a comment and let me know what you learned, OK?
When you think of cowboy hats, I’ll bet the first thing that came to your mind wasn’t a padded helmet. However, if I was going to mount nearly a ton of bull flesh, I’d want everything to be padded and plenty of it.
Although it doesn’t appear likely when you see a couple dancing and doing under-arm turns wearing ten gallon hats, cowboy hats were born of practicality. When you spend all day riding herd on a bunch of critters, the shade comes in real handy…not to mention the advantage of a kind of an umbrella when the sun turns to rain.
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.