Western Styles, June, 1995
Old West clothing recaptures a glorious cowboy era
By René E. Riley
Photographs by Norm E. Clasen
Band collars and granny boots, frock coats and bib shirts, pinafores and pin stripes: What could be more romantic or downright fun that Old West styles?
“Early cowboys thought of themselves as the knights of the plains,” says Larry Bitterman of the Old Frontier Clothing Co. “They took the styles of the gentry class and made them their own.”
Today’s Old West fashions, inspired by the dress of the West’s first cowboys, capture that innocent, exuberant period, turning back the clock to a simpler age. Return with us now to those glorious days.