Or you might think they were invented by real cowboys during 19th-century cattle drives in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
You’d be closer to the truth with the second answer. But, according to a recent article in GQ magazine, the western shirt’s true origins sprang from Mexico.
The attire worn by Mexican cattle herders served as the foundation for the design of the western shirt we know today. The herders, or vaqueros, used to wear traditional Latin American pleated shirts, known as guayaberas, that informed the western shirt’s trademark yoke detail. These were paired with old Civil War uniforms that offered the basis for the shirt’s tailored torso silhouette.
Denim, the ol’ cowboy favorite fabric, was used to make the shirts, as tried and true weave had already proved it could take a beating-and-a-half-out on the trail. The denim shirts were originally conceived as a flashy piece of attire that cowboys with a little coin in their pockets could splurge on and when it came to details companies would emblazon bandana patterns or embroidered designs across the front and back. The peacock patterns were initially welcomed by the cowboy community but as the ranching and rodeo industries waned, the shirts were eventually toned down to hit mainstream America.
Most of your western shirts now are made for great looks and more comfort. Many of your modern-day western shirts features yokes on the shoulders and upper back, chest pockets, adjustable cuffs, and buttons — many of them of the snap-button variety.
We at Drysdales offer a wide variety of men’s long-sleeve western shirts, including intricately styled new arrivals from the Rock and Roll Cowboy brand. (That includes the shirt shown at the top of this post.)
We also offer Wrangler men’s long-sleeve western shirts in more traditional styles of plaids and stripes.
Wrangler women’s long-sleeve western shirts often come in brighter, eye-catching colors or patterns, plus a more flattering fit.
And Roper women’s western shirts often are adorned with graphics, nailheads, rhinestones, and other bling.