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Popularised first by working cowboys and then stars of the screen and the rodeo ring, oater classics like the denim jacket and the western shirt live on in the eternal afterglow of the Old West.

WESTERN

THE DENIM JACKET

No matter what your type, a good denim jacket is a cornerstone in every rebel’s wardrobe. Many brands do it well (far too many to list them all here).

You can’t go wrong with an original from legacy makers like Levi’s, Lee, or Wrangler, but the legacy brands don’t make ‘em like they used to.

For the best versions of the classics, look to Japanese heritage brands like Iron Heart, The Real McCoy’s, One Piece of Rock, and Oni, or specialist American makers like Ginew, 3sixteen, and Mister Freedom.

WESTERN WEAR

THE DENIM JACKET

No matter what your type, a good denim jacket is a cornerstone in every rebel’s wardrobe. Many brands do it well (far too many to list them all here).

You can’t go wrong with an original from legacy makers like Levi’s, Lee, or Wrangler, but the legacy brands don’t make ‘em like they used to.

For the best versions of the classics, look to Japanese heritage brands like Iron Heart, The Real McCoy’s, One Piece of Rock, and Oni, or specialist American makers like Ginew, 3sixteen, and Mister Freedom.

If you’re looking for more guidance, visit our in-depth raw denim jacket guide where we list our favorite made-to-fade jackets.

If you’re looking for more guidance, visit our in-depth raw denim jacket guide where we list our favorite made-to-fade jackets.

THE DENIM WESTERN

Born when the open ranges were starting to close, but perfected in the New West, the denim western roped itself first into the cowboy’s and then into the everyman’s wardrobe without shedding a stitch.

You can still get one of the originals from Rockmount Ranch Wear, or one of the rodeo-ring champs from Wrangler.

If you’re looking for something with a little less giddy-up and a little more go-for-long, check out The Flat Head, Iron Heart, Stevenson Overall Co., Blaumann Jeanshosen, and Indigofera.

THE DENIM WESTERN

Born when the open ranges were starting to close, but perfected in the New West, the denim western roped itself first into the cowboy’s and then into the everyman’s wardrobe without shedding a stitch.

You can still get one of the originals from Rockmount Ranch Wear, or one of the rodeo-ring champs from Wrangler.

If you’re looking for something with a little less giddy-up and a little more go-for-long, check out The Flat Head, Iron Heart, Stevenson Overall Co., Blaumann Jeanshosen, and Indigofera.

THE BLANKET COAT

The Mackinaw, as we commonly call the blanket coat, takes its name from the fort that the captain captured and defended in 1812. It offers relentless winter warmth with a healthy dose of the pioneering spirit. 

The original, in its characteristic red and black buffalo checks, usually has either a Pendleton or a Filson tag, you can also check stellar versions from Duluth Pack and Johnson Woolen Mills.

THE COWBOY BOOTS

Either shined up for a night of two-stepping or scuffed up and saddle-worn, the boot is what gives the true-blue cowboy his distinctive heel-toe gait and his distinctive silhouette. Made for stirrups or highway pegs, they have an unequaled rough elegance equally at home on the open road and the open range.

Great-looking and relatively inexpensive boots can be had from makers like Ariat, Tecovas, and Tony Lama.

or makers that treat the cowboy boot as an art form, check out Lucchese, Rios of Mercedes, Alberta Boot Company, and Little’s Boot Company.

THE RANCH JACKET

Helped along on its way to iconic status by the Marlboro Man, the shearling ranch jacket is to western wear what three-star epaulets are to the armed forces: a signal of status and command. 

RRL regularly feature versions of the Ranch Jacket in their collections, and British Sheepskin feature a very good range of shearling jackets–some with the western touch. If you’re looking for the best, check France’s Chapal.

THE COWBOY HAT

The modern cowboy might have swapped their trusty steed for something with more than just one horsepower, but some things never change. A cowboy without his boots and hat is like a judge without his robes.

If your style is western, the perfect hat will be the cherry on top. Look for brands like Stetson, Australia’s Akubra, and for the true wow-factor try Gladys Tamez.

If you’re looking for a wide-brimmed hat that moves away from the saloon and the saddlery, try Vienna’s Nomade Moderne or the world’s oldest hat shop, London’s Lock & Co.

THE BLANKET COAT

Canadian trappers and traders had been converting thick wool blankets into outerwear for centuries when a clever army captain gave the coat its definitive shape at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

The Mackinaw takes its name from the fort that the captain captured and defended in 1812. It offers relentless winter warmth with a healthy dose of the pioneering spirit. 

The original, in its characteristic red and black buffalo checks, usually has either a Pendleton or a Filson tag, you can also check stellar versions from Duluth Pack and Johnson Woolen Mills.

THE RANCH JACKET

Helped along on its way to iconic status by the Marlboro Man, the shearling ranch jacket is to western wear what three-star epaulets are to the armed forces: a signal of status and command. 

RRL regularly feature versions of the Ranch Jacket in their collections, and British Sheepskin feature a very good range of shearling jackets–some with the western touch. If you’re looking for the best, check France’s Chapal.

THE COWBOY BOOT

Either shined up for a night of two-stepping or scuffed up and saddle-worn, the boot is what gives the true-blue cowboy his distinctive heel-toe gait and his distinctive silhouette. Made for stirrups or highway pegs, they have an unequaled rough elegance equally at home on the open road and the open range.

Great-looking and relatively inexpensive boots can be had from makers like Ariat, Tecovas, and Tony Lama.

or makers that treat the cowboy boot as an art form, check out Lucchese, Rios of Mercedes, Alberta Boot Company, and Little’s Boot Company.

THE COWBOY HAT

The modern cowboy might have swapped their trusty steed for something with more than just one horsepower, but some things never change. A cowboy without his boots and hat is like a judge without his robes.

If your style is western, the perfect hat will be the cherry on top. Look for brands like Stetson, Australia’s Akubra, and for the true wow-factor try Gladys Tamez.

If you’re looking for a wide-brimmed hat that moves away from the saloon and the saddlery, try Vienna’s Nomade Moderne or the world’s oldest hat shop, London’s Lock & Co.

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