How to Wear a Bolo Tie

Now that the denim dress shirt has made a profound comeback, the bolo tie is slowly creeping up the fashion totem pole too. The bolo tie (also known as shoestring necktie) was first introduced as a simple way for men to bring their outfits together and add a little style and flair. The style soon became a Western wear trend, but has fallen to the wayside until recently. If you are looking to add a unique, yet traditional twist to your suits, dress shirts, or chambray shirt, bring this 1940s throwback to your 21st century apparel.bolo

When finding the right outfit to wear a bolo tie with, you do not want to overdo the Western look.  Bolo ties are a sort of statement piece in their own essence, so use them as either a simple addition to an already elaborate suit, or as more of a decorative piece to dress up a more casual look.

If you opt for a bolo tie in place of a regular tie, keep it simple so that it adds the right amount of class. Go for a bolo tie that has a flat silver jewelry piece and two solid black leather braids.

For more of a laid back, every day look, you can use the slider on your bolo tie to hang it lower on your neck, making it look more like a necklace against a simple shirt, jeans, and leather shoes.

Want to make your own bolo tie? Use attractive metal jewelry pieces, flat objects, or polished stones, and attach them to cords of leather and cordage stock for a simple bolo tie that you can wear on any occasion. Or you could visit Sheplers online or retail store in your area, and choose from a wide variety of classic bolo ties for the Western wear aficionado.

Cowboy Hat-Wearing Etiquette

Ever wear a cowboy hat and hear someone say, “You’re doing it wrong”? A cowboy hat can be the perfect accessory to complete your look; however, if you are not wearing it properly, you could be “doing it wrong.”  Avoid cowboy hat-wearing fashion fines by following simple cowboy hat-wearing etiquette.

Although cowboy hat etiquette changes with the times and the location, some rules are pretty universal:

  • NEVER get caught wearing your cowboy hat backwards.
  • When you are indoors, your hat should be off
  • Don’t choose a cowboy hat to complete your attire if the occasion is formal
  • You should not eat with your hat on, unless you are outdoors at a barbeque or picnic or, of course, at a rodeo!

When it comes to wearing a cowboy hat, the saying “fake it til you make it” does not apply. If you do not know how to wear a cowboy hat properly, you will at least want to figure out how before you go out in public. Improper wear of a cowboy hat has been long known to cause bad luck. If your hat has some sort of adornment on top it will allow you to know that it is the left side of your hat.

If you are still confused on which end is the front and back, the front end typically is narrower.

Another cowboy hat-wearing tip: felt hats were intended for winter and straw for summer. However, if you are going to a formal event, straw hats are never recommended.

When it comes to wearing your cowboy hat properly, use your best judgment in the given situation; if Sheplers helps you get it right…your welcome cowboy!

Why Cowboys Love Wrangler Jeans

A true cowboy knows that Wrangler Jeans were made specifically for them, back in 1947 to be exact. Rodeo cowboys of the 1940s needed jeans that they could be comfortable in and wear for rodeo use, so along came Rodeo Ben. Rodeo Ben worked with cowboys in order to create the perfect pair of jeans with a company that used to be known as Blue Bell. In 1947, the first pair of Wrangler Jeans were released as the 13 MWZ style…and they can still be purchased today.

So why do cowboys love Wranglers? It could be in part of the vast recognition given to them by former NFL star Brett Favre, or it could be because they can handle the wear and tear of a rugged man and have stood the test of time as being the perfect working man jean, or just every day men’s jean.  Wranglers are the staple of western men’s fashion and to this day, Wranglers are still men’s favorite jean.

But Wrangler Jeans knows that it has keep up with the times, so for the millennial men, there are the new Wrangler Red jeans. Wrangler Reds are more slimming for younger men and although the brand is taking their jeans to 21st century standards, their 1940s ideals still hold true, “There’s a bit of the West in all of us.”

Brand Spotlight: Miss Me Jeans

The new century kicked off a time of innovation – the growth of the internet, the development of technology, and the establishment of the much loved ‘Miss Me’ Jeans in 2001.

Miss Me is a women’s fashion brand that is best known for their unique embellishments that give their jeans the extra sparkle that every girl looks for. As a closest essential, Miss Me Jeans are designed for a fashionista that values comfort and style.

With a wide selection of washes, trims, and fits, every girl can find the perfect Miss Me Jeans for them. Each pair of Miss Me Jeans has bold designs and detail such as rhinestones, colored and/or thick stitching, and appliques that provide an attractive design that make a statement. Miss Me Jeans are made of the highest quality materials, making them perfect for going out or as casual wear.

Why try to blend in when you were born to stand out? Miss Me Jeans can help leave an impression with their unique, embellished jeans.

Don’t forget while Miss Me Jeans are best sellers at Sheplers, they also have a line of tops, tees, dresses, and sweaters, all available online.  

Brand Spotlight: Miss Me Jeans

The new century kicked off a time of innovation – the growth of the internet, the development of technology, and the establishment of the much loved ‘Miss Me’ Jeans in 2001.

Miss Me is a women’s fashion brand that is best known for their unique embellishments that give their jeans the extra sparkle that every girl looks for. As a closest essential, Miss Me Jeans are designed for a fashionista that values comfort and style.

With a wide selection of washes, trims, and fits, every girl can find the perfect Miss Me Jeans for them. Each pair of Miss Me Jeans has bold designs and detail such as rhinestones, colored and/or thick stitching, and appliques that provide an attractive design that make a statement. Miss Me Jeans are made of the highest quality materials, making them perfect for going out or as casual wear.

Why try to blend in when you were born to stand out? Miss Me Jeans can help leave an impression with their unique, embellished jeans.

Don’t forget while Miss Me Jeans are best sellers at Sheplers, they also have a line of tops, tees, dresses, and sweaters, all available online.  

New Year’s Resolutions Done the Western Way

It’s the New Year, and you know what that means: resolutions! Let Sheplers help you achieve some of your goals. Whether you have decided to travel or redecorate, we have the Western style that you love!

If you promised yourself that you would start traveling this year, good for you! Whether you are planning on a tropical getaway, a backpacking trip, or a local vacation close to home, Sheplers has a piece of luggage that will store all of your vacation essentials.

We carry rodeo bags, sports bags, carry on totes, and duffel bags. Many of these large, beautiful bags are hand-tooled and made from genuine leather. They will add Western style to your vacation, while maintaining their functionality.

If you have particular items that you are planning on bringing, we have plenty of specialty traveling options. We carry multiple styles of hat cans, dopp kits and shave cases. And if you must work during your getaway, we also carry genuine leather briefcases, work bags, and laptop bags (but we hope that you don’t mix business with leisure!).

If your resolution is more home-based, we have plenty of home, kitchen, and bath décor items. To make your home cozier for the New Year, start with your bedroom. Sheplers carries several western-style bedding options like camouflage or rustic horse bedding. If you are planning on redecorating your kitchen, try upgrading your dinnerware with new plates and bowls. Or maybe your dining room table could use new placemats or a runner.

Bring in the New Year with Sheplers, and let us help you with your resolutions!

A New Year, Time to Shop for a New Boot!

If your New Year’s resolution is to spruce up your closet and really make it a fashion-forward year, the month of January is one of the best months to buy shoes and clothing, adding some bulk to your closet.

Since the holidays are over, if you are looking for a new boot, you can also find last year’s winter boots at the cheapest possible price.

Looking for new boots for your man to wear this year? If your man is the kind to add some edge to his suits by dawning a cool pair of cowboy boots, January is also the month in which you can find some great deals on men’s formal wear, as it is not the prime suit-shopping month. If your guy works in a business environment, this could make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

During The New Year, retail stores also roll out new trends. So if your old pair of boots are looking a little worn, have too much mud that refuses to wash off, or you could just use a new pair, Sheplers has boots that are suitable for your 2015 Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Just because winter is over, does not mean that you have to put your boots away; add them to a floral lightweight dress and say hello to spring.

Brand Spotlight: Ariat

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When it comes to finding reliable riding gear that has just the right combination of durability and style, Ariat boots, time and time again, emerges as a favorite amongst the world’s leading equestrian riders.

Before the masterminds behind the Ariat brand decided to modernize the equestrian boot, they consulted with a vast number of top riders. The general consensus among the riders was that most of the boots available for riding were entirely too bulky and rigid.

As a result, Ariat started by “re-designing the boot outsole, rethinking the arch support system, and finally overhauling the thought process behind the shape and fit of the traditional riding boots of the past.” It’s no surprise that the carefully crafted brand remains the go-to boot, consistently, for equestrians worldwide.

Regardless of whether or not you are a lover of show-jumping or an avid team-penning, Ariat’s versatile selection has something for every discipline of riding. But proceed with caution, once you get one pair you will find yourself inventing reasons as to why you should get more.

Shep Ariat Spotlight

 

With numerous rave reviews and five stars from customers, these are the most loved boots that continue to fly off of Sheplers’ shelves.

  1. Rambler Cowboy Boots
  2. Quickdraw 11” Western Boots
  3. Heritage Rough Stock Cowboy Boots

Brand Spotlight: Ariat

Read More

When it comes to finding reliable riding gear that has just the right combination of durability and style, Ariat boots, time and time again, emerges as a favorite amongst the world’s leading equestrian riders.

Before the masterminds behind the Ariat brand decided to modernize the equestrian boot, they consulted with a vast number of top riders. The general consensus among the riders was that most of the boots available for riding were entirely too bulky and rigid.

As a result, Ariat started by “re-designing the boot outsole, rethinking the arch support system, and finally overhauling the thought process behind the shape and fit of the traditional riding boots of the past.” It’s no surprise that the carefully crafted brand remains the go-to boot, consistently, for equestrians worldwide.

Regardless of whether or not you are a lover of show-jumping or an avid team-penning, Ariat’s versatile selection has something for every discipline of riding. But proceed with caution, once you get one pair you will find yourself inventing reasons as to why you should get more.

Shep Ariat Spotlight

 

With numerous rave reviews and five stars from customers, these are the most loved boots that continue to fly off of Sheplers’ shelves.

  1. Rambler Cowboy Boots
  2. Quickdraw 11” Western Boots
  3. Heritage Rough Stock Cowboy Boots