Patsy & Dale: A brief obsession with vintage western wearFriday, March 19, 2010
It has been a very busy week during which I made some of the most amazing vintage finds in my collecting career. This week also saw the resurgence of an old obsession, vintage western wear. Maybe it was growing up out here in the country where every farmer thinks himself a cowboy, or maybe it is the classic wholesome style of ladies like Patsy Cline and Dale Evans, either way, for years now I have had a secret obsession with western wear.
Now, you must understand that I am in no way a country music fan nor do I ride a horse or do anything that would merit the occasional adoption of this style but something about it is utterly charming, simple and seemingly irresistible to me.
I finally found a vintage western shirt that fits me properly. I am entirely positive that this top is from the 1970s (boo) but western wear doesn't change much and this shirt is cotton, thank goodness, and not the dreaded polyester of the 70s. Of all places to find an item like this, I picked this top up when shopping in Toronto on Thursday. I love these shirts, the pocket on the chest and the buttons are simply charming. I particularly like the floral design on this shirt. Western tops are perfect for work and would be lovely with a pair of vintage looking denim dungarees!
While exploring vintage shops in Toronto, I encountered a number of cowboy boots that were to my liking. Unfortunately it seems that everyone in TO has the same size feet as me and snapped up all the size 8/9 boots that were available before I got there.
I have a feeling I will look back at this post a few months from now and have a good laugh. Nothing wrong with a little variety in my closet!