Nothing seems more rugged or anti-fashion than a cowboy, roaming the plains of the mid west, herding those cattle, but the only people they are fooling is themselves. Anyone worth their weight in FASHUN knows those lads are as prissy about what they wear as any East London graphic design/coffee/fixie/wanky backpack toting scenester. There is an entire culture of sartorial symbolism to back up the extensive cowboy culture and identity.
I am currently obsessed with finding the perfect pair of cowboy boots. I know exactly what I want, but unfortunately the real deal retails at Louboutin prices, eek. I am heading to Paris in a few weeks for a little vintage sourcing trip, so I am holding out to find the perfect pair with a more manageable price tag. In the meantime, I am dreaming sepia and sienna tinted cowboy dreams, full of suede and ostrich leather and horses. I don’t know why I am on such a Western tip at the moment, perhaps I secretly want an adventure and the outdoors. More likely it has to do with the practiality and functionality that cowboy clothes have always embodied, which is something I am finding myself more and more drawn to. Nothing is more no-frills than doing back breaking work, on a horse, in the middle of nowhere, and their clothes have to respond to that. What’s interesting is the way techniques like embossing provide ample adornment while maintaining the usability of the garment, or boot. Embroidery also adds interest, without adding extra, useless bulk. Fringing is another story, but it probably originated with something to do with keeping the flies off. And it’s fringing, so, like, obviously it stays. Also, I love the extra panel western shirts have on the shoulder, I don’t know why they are there, but they look amazing, and allow for interesting seam detailing.
So, to sum up. I want boots I can’t afford. No surprises there. I know very little about the Wild West or Cowboy culture, but I do know about clothes and details and the reasons why we wear stuff, and I think these guys have it spot on.
And with reference to the title, if you don’t know what Father Ted is, then you are missing out on life.