Sites & Sights — 10 June 2015
Stock up on western wear while you’re out West.

By Hope S. Philbrick

We’re pretty sure jeans are already part of your wardrobe, which means you’re well on your way to dressing like an authentic cowboy or cowgirl.

But whether you actually are a rancher or are headed to a special event like “Boots & Bourbon,” western wear offers all-American comfort.

The best place to gear up and find some deals is to shop where the style is standard: the Western U.S.

The popularity of rodeo champions and western movie stars transformed the work clothing of cowboys into western fashion. Ten gallon hats, embroidered shirts, and brightly colored boots are recognized worldwide as distinctly cowboy in origin.
—National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK

In Amarillo, Texas, an impressive selection of western clothing and footwear can be found at Boots n Jeans Western Store and Cavender’s Boot City. Clothing, boots and accessories are also available at the gift shop at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

Amarillo TX

 

People wear clothing for a variety of reasons—to provide warmth and protection, to grant a degree of modesty, and to communicate information about themselves to others. Some clothing is strictly utilitarian—a technological adaptation that provides protection from the environment. But clothing can also serve as a means of personal and cultural expression. Some clothing signifies membership in a group or indicates social status and relative wealth. Clothing can also communicate personal, political, and religious beliefs, as well as personal taste. Proper attire for any occasions or activity helps ensure that the wearer is ‘dressed for success.’
—The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, TX

In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, western wear mecca is Stockyards City where the streets are lined with several boot and clothing stores, including Langston’s and Western Wear Outlet. Clothing and accessories are also sold at the gift shop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. For more modern fashions, head to The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City and Classen Curve.

Oklahoma City OK - Stockyards

Tall, snug-fitting boots with high heels became the hallmark of Great Plains trail-drive cowboys by the 1870s. Bootmakers set up shop in cowtowns hoping to get a share of the drovers’ wages before they headed back to the range. Many of these cobblers drew on a German heritage and made alternations to the classic European riding boot based on suggestions from cowboys…. The high heel kept the boot from slipping all the way through the stirrup and getting caught at the ankle. This saved a rider from being dragged by his horse during a fall…. By 1900 the bulky riding boot had transformed into the basic boot pattern we recognize today.
—National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK

@21plusTravel Tip: Head to shops that are owned by Native Americans to find moccasins and clothing that authentically reflects Native American style, such as Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry in OKC and Kwahadi Dancers in Amarillo.

Oklahoma City OK - Stockyards

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HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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