Western Themes in Mainstream Fashion: Felt, Boots, Turquoise
In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the most popular items of Western-inspired fashion that have bled over into mainstream fashion as well. Western style is unique and distinctive, and certain of its elements have become so well-known that they’ve influenced major culture in significant ways.
At A Cut Above Buckles, we’re here to provide clients with a wide range of Western products, from our rodeo and championship belt buckles to various Western jewelry and other accessories. What are some other Western products that have become infused into popular culture? Here are a few to consider.
While Western culture can’t make any claim to inventing felt material, cowboys and Native Americans alike have long been associated with this unique fabric. Felt is created by compressing and matting fibers together, which is a process that was historically used in order to create clothing and other objects that could better withstand the harsh conditions of the Western frontier.
In recent years, felt has become a popular material for a wide range of fashion accessories, from handbags and purses to hats and even shoes. Felt is often used as a trimming or accenting material, but there are also plenty of garments and accessories that are made entirely out of felt.
A key part of Western culture and history, boots have long been associated with cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws alike. Boots are designed to protect the feet and lower legs from the elements, and they first became popular in the American West during the mid-19th century.
Boots have continued to be popular in Western culture, but they’ve also become a fashion staple in mainstream culture as well. Boots are now available in a wide range of styles, from cowboy boots to work boots to fashion boots, and they’re worn by people of all ages and genders.
Down slightly different lines, a color that’s been historically associated with the American West is turquoise. This blue-green hue has been used in Native American jewelry and art for centuries, and it’s long been considered to be a sacred color.
Turquoise is still popular in Western culture, but it has also become a mainstream fashion trend in recent years. Turquoise can be found in a wide range of clothing and accessories, from jeans and shirts to jewelry and shoes.
For instance, at A Cut Above Buckles, we offer a wide range of turquoise-adorned belt buckles, pendants, earrings, and more.
These are just a few of the ways that Western culture has had a major influence on mainstream fashion trends. For more on this, or to learn about our wide selection of Western belt buckles and other products, speak to the team at A Cut Above Buckles today.