What did the cowboys do for fashion?
He put on a poncho and jeans or boots with a narrowed cape and a wide leather belt, a hat and a shirt with braid, a bandana or a bolo tie (aka a cowboy tie) – and it’s immediately clear: this is a cowboy style. In order to become like the hero of a western, it is not necessary to dress up in a full-fledged costume: the inhabitants of the West and the filmmakers have done enough to ensure that each individual part of the wardrobe sends the viewer to the familiar image of a rider jumping along the prairies.
The most important thing to remember about cowboy clothes: not a single element has appeared here just like that, each has its own functional load. She is subordinate to the choice of shape, length and materials. In cowboy boots, a wide boot of thick leather protects the rider’s leg while riding and allows you to easily pull it out if necessary. A boot with a leather sole and a narrowed cape is much easier to insert into the stirrup, and the voluminous heel does not allow the leg to fall into it.
In the 40s of the XX century appeared “Cossacks” – stylized boots with overly pointed capes. In fact, cowboys don’t wear such boots: these shoes can become stuck in a stirrup when a rider falls. But for mods it’s quite suitable.
In 1860, John Strenson invented the Steppe Master hat model. It was made from straw, felt or various types of leather, but it was always light, comfortable and waterproof. It cost from five dollars apiece, but fully justified its price due to quality materials. One of the main proofs of this was the story that happened in 1912, when the ship sunk in 1898 was just raised in the Gulf of Havana and found a hat made by Strenson on board. For 14 years in the water it was covered with silt and algae, but did not deteriorate.
A modern cowboy hat is the same “Master of the steppes”, but with fields curved on the sides and a high crown concave from above.
The braid traditional for the Indian tribes migrated to the cowboys’ wardrobe due to the fact that during the rain the water literally slipped from it, and it itself quickly dried.
From the same Native Americans, cowboys borrowed outerwear – vests and deerskin coats. An alternative to them was the Mexican poncho. Perhaps it was thanks to the inhabitants of the Wild West that these traditional clothes became popular among Europeans.