Magazine article Sunset

Ranch Dressing

Magazine article Sunset

Ranch Dressing

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When a few early dudes, often Eastemers with a Social Register listing and a flair for fashion, dressed up in their idea of Western wear, they rode the concept to high camp. Take these early dandies described in Dude Ranching: A Complete History: "One wore lavender angora chaps, the other bright orange, and each sported a tremendous beaver sombrero and wore a gaudy scarf knotted jauntily about his throat."

Dudes today dress more sensibly, according to John Wilcox, a vice president for Sheplers Western Wear. The basics-jeans, Western shirt, bandanna, gloves, hat, and boots-are easy, but the dude is in the details. "After a day in the saddle, you'll be grateful for a pair of prewashed jeans that are soft and loose so that they don't bind up," Wilcox advises. And why a snap-front Western shirt? "The snaps are better if you're around animals. If you get gouged or horned, a snap shirt will break away. …

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