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What is this style of fashion?
Western wear is a category of men's and women's clothing
which derives its unique style from the clothes worn in the 19th-century American
West. It ranges from accurate historical reproductions of pioneer, mountain man,
Civil War, cowboy and vaquero clothing to the stylized garments popularized by singing
cowboys such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. Western wear can
be very informal, with a t-shirt and blue jeans forming a basic ensemble, or it
may consist of tailored formal garments with western accents. At minimum, western
wear generally incorporates a cowboy hat, a leather belt, and cowboy boots.
Key elements of men's western style fashion include the
Western Shirt - A Western shirt
is a traditional item of Western Wear characterized by a stylized yoke on the
front and on the back. It is generally constructed of denim or tartan fabric
with long sleeves, and in modern form is sometimes seen with snap pockets.
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Coat - When a jacket is required there is a wide
choice available for both linedancers and historical re-enactors. These include
frock coats, ponchos popularised by Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Westerns, short
Mexican jackets with silver embroidery, fringe jackets popular among outlaw
country, southern rock and 1980s heavy metal bands, and duster coats derived
from originals worn in the Wild West. More modern interpretations include
leather waistcoats inspired by the biker subculture and jackets with a design
imitating the piebald color of a cow. Learn more about
Cowboy Hat - Have you heard of the John B. Stetson
Company? Founded in 1865, John B. Stetson Company began when the founder
headed west and created the original hat of the West, the “Boss of the Plains".
This Western hat would become the cornerstone of Stetson’s hat business and
is still in production today. In the 19th century and first half of the
20th century, a hat was an indispensable item in every man’s wardrobe. Stetson
focused on expensive, high quality hats that represented both a real investment
for the working cowboy and statement of success for the city dweller. Early
on, Stetson hats became associated with legends of the West, including “Buffalo
Bill", Calamity Jane, Will Rogers, and Annie Oakley. It is said that George
Custer rode into the Battle of Little Big Horn wearing a Stetson. Later
on, Western movie cowboys were quick to adopt the Stetson; many were drawn to
the largest, most flamboyant styles available. Learn more about
cowboy hats for men.
Cowboy Boots - Cowboy boots refer to a specific
style of riding boot, historically worn by cowboys. They have a Cuban heel,
rounded to pointed toe, high shaft, and, traditionally, no lacing. Cowboy boots
are normally made from cowhide leather but are also sometimes made from "exotic"
skins such as alligator, snake, ostrich, lizard, eel, elephant, stingray, elk,
buffalo, and the like. There are two basic styles of cowboy boots, western (or
classic), and roper. The classic style is distinguished by a tall boot shaft,
going to at least mid-calf, with an angled "cowboy" heel, usually over one inch
high. A slightly lower, still angled, "walking" heel is also common. The toe
of western boots was originally rounded or squared in shape. The narrow pointed
toe design appeared in the early 1940s. A newer design, the "roper" style,
has a short boot shaft that stops above the ankle but before the middle of the
calf, with a very low and squared-off "roper" heel, shaped to the sole of the
boot, usually less than one inch high. Roper boots are usually made with rounded
toes (but not always). learn more about
cowboy boots for men.
Jeans - In the early days of the Wild West trousers
were made out of wool. In summer canvas was sometimes used. This changed during
the Gold Rush of the 1840s when denim overalls became popular among miners for
their cheapness and breathability. Levi Strauss improved the design by adding
copper rivets and by the 1870s this design was adopted by ranchers and cowboys.
The original Levi's jeans were soon followed by other makers including Wrangler
jeans and Lee Cooper. Learn more
about vintage jeans. Cowboy pants were frequently accessorized with
kippy belts featuring metal conchos and large belt buckles.
When cowboys wish to dress up, they wear dress shirts with
a great deal of
such as embroidery.
During the Victorian era, gentlemen would wear silk cravats
or neckties to add color to their otherwise sober black or grey attire. These continued
to be worn by respectable Westerners until the early 20th century.
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