Posts Tagged ‘Youth 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…
There are a lot of kids in the rural west who would probably be surprised to be informed that they were dressed in kids western wear. It’s just what they are accustomed to wearing. However, for most kids, particularly those in an urban setting, western wear is something special.
Does anyone know any kid who doesn’t enjoy being special? I think kids are naturally romantic, creative and imaginative. Give them western apparel outfits, and they can become whoever happens to be their favorite cowboy or cowgirl.
With any luck they won’t start to believe they should try to spend eight seconds on two thousand pounds of bull-flesh…at least not until they’ve had time to acquire better sense. Just kidding bull riders…the reason I’ve never mounted one of those beasts is not that I had better sense, it was a shortage of intestinal fortitude.
What does western wear say about youth? You may not have given much thought to this particular subject, but to me it indicates a departure from grunge and goth. I see more of youth western shirts in my part of the world, because lots of young people are into 4-H, FFA, and rodeo.
I guess I don’t have any science to back this up, but I also think it says family loud and clear. Maybe my logic is that wearing western shirts has a good chance of following the example of your parents. Do we dare to hope that at least some portion of our youth are not ashamed to associate with and emulate their parents?
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 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.
I just realized there was a good potential for getting in big trouble talking about youth western shirts. Think about it. Are you going to tell any gal of any age this subject applies to someone other than her? See my point?
Let’s just say a youth of any age looks great in western shirts. Was that a safe enough thing to say? Now let’s get to where I was going with this. Have you ever seen a young fellow wearing a western shirt with his britches drooping low enough you would think he was a plumber from the rear? Oh geeez, now I’m in trouble with the plumbers…
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!
Is a kids character influenced by what they wear, or is it vice-versa, that a kid’s character influences what they wear? I would like to think that what kids wear helps to determine their character. I also like to think that kids western wear can help to build healthy character for kids.
I doubt that many would question whether children’s role models are an influence in their character. Call me old fashion, biased, or whatever, I’ll plead guilty to all of the above. Fact is that I consider farming and ranching a pretty healthy culture. Kids could sure do worse for role models.
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.