The National Western Stock Show gives ‘urban slickers’ the chance to get up close and personal with real ranchers, cowboys and representatives of the rural lifestyle.
Once a year they dust off their cowboy hats. This was probably purchased by him in the 1980s when ranch wear was popularized in the movie Urban Cowboy.
Now, the popular TV show “Yellowstone” is reviving western wear.
The Gazette has compiled tips, tricks and observations from experts and attendees at the Stock Show, which runs through January 22nd at the National Western Complex at 4655 Humboldt St., Denver.
Here’s what we’ve learned about clothes that need to fit…or not.
From Kim Green of Hollywood Cowgirl at The Mills: Here’s some fashion advice for a woman’s closet.
fringe: From handbags, scarves, vests and even wedding dresses, fringe is making a comeback, especially in western wear.
“Dig out the fringe in your closet and show it off,” Greene said.
According to People Magazine, searches for ‘fringe dress outfit’ are up 225%.
Hair on hide: Called “hair-on-hide,” the term means slamming a square of cowhide against something. His speckled course fur trim adds a western touch to his belts, cowboy hats, boots and purses.
I even spied on a cowhide fly swatter to keep pests away on hot, lazy days. For more information, see Hair-on Hide Fly Swatter — Cattle Kate.
A unique twist on the household fly swatter, this hair-on-hide is cut in the shape of a horse’s head to combat pesky insects. It has a sturdy metal wire handle. Hair on Hide has different colors. Makes a great gift. Made in Idaho.
Aztec pattern: A show of color in accessories can brighten up an otherwise subtle Western look.
Turquoise: Turquoise never goes out of fashion as a western accessory. Especially chic are the vintage rings worn on his two or three fingers on both hands. The same goes for wearing a silver framed squash blossom necklace over a dark turtleneck, the bigger the gem, the better.
cowboy hat: For Green and many other western wear watchers, headwear is essential.
“The cowboy hat says it all,” she said. “The statement is in the form and in the materials that make it up.”
A person can show up at the National Western Stock Show in the most expensive boots and jeans, but a wilted straw hat from a dime store with a cheap band will cast you out as an impostor. said like this.
“Don’t come to a stock show wearing a straw hat like you would at a country music festival.”
Do not wear leggings. Not pants.
Don’t drag out the brightly colored Wranglers that were popular 20 years ago. According to Western enthusiast Greene, they were all the rage at the turn of his 21st century, but in 2023 they are the beacon of Uncouth.
Some things never change, and jeans are still the most acceptable legwear, but we need to know which brands are the coolest. it was done.
Of the three most popular stock show jeans, the anecdotal study showed that Levi’s, Cinch, and Wrangler were the most worn brands, with an overall preference for either Wrangler or Cinch (note : Cinch is a major sponsor of Denver’s National Western Stock). show).
The Gazette has compiled valuable western wear advice from Steve Weil, 3rd generation owner and president of Rockmount Ranch Wear Manufacturing.
Rockmount shirts are worn by rock stars and wranglers. Also featured at the aforementioned “Yellowstone” show, alongside Rockmount’s custom silk scarves and snap shirts.
Weil’s 3 Most Valuable Western Wear Tips
Don’t wear hats that have more personality than you.
Don’t look like all the buckles and cows.
Use fabrics that are comfortable to wear anytime, anywhere.
“Polyester is a bad start,” Vale said.
Weil reminds you that cowboy boots are the defining clothing item that determines your cowboy or your authenticity as a cowboy.
“There are boots that were made 20 years ago that should never have been paved,” he said. “No hint of silver.”
Every year, Colorado politicians drag out old Western clothing that doesn’t “pass the test,” Weill said.
Unfortunately, he wouldn’t give his name, but he said some of the clothes that politicians drag out of their closets during this time are disgraceful.
My grandfather, Jack Weil, lived to be 107 and worked most of his life.
The Rockmount Store is located at 1626 Wazzy Street in downtown Denver.
Of course, not everyone cares about how the stock show looks.
Emily and Stephanie Gillis unabashedly admitted that the city’s sunglasses, small zipper bags over their shoulders, and open-toed shoes just didn’t fit.
Emily said: “We’re here for yarn.