Friday, January 14, 2011

My Baby Loves Me For My Pearl Snaps....

I have an obsession with Pearl Snap Shirts.  I do not know where it comes from.  Maybe it is a bit of nostalgia for my past.  My daddy wore Pawpas both wore / wear them...uncles, cousins, friends, and even one year old Ayden wore them to his rootin' tootin' cowboy birthday party last month.  Growing up in Texas and later attending Texas A&M University (WHOOP!!!!), it was a given that guys were either wearing them or had them in their closets.

"From the Gold Rush of 1848 to the last performance of Johnny Cash, the legendary "cowboy shirt" has withstood the test of time. Throughout history, pioneers have been busy breaking in and showing off these comfortable, cotton, western cut, pearl snapped shirts. Worn as both a practical work shirt and a flashy costume piece, the Vintage Western Shirt encompasses the fit and feel of the past while lending itself to the growing style of today."  (I do not know where this came from.  I found it some time ago on the web and did not know that I would need the source...sorry)

Some of the more popular and well known pearl snap shirt designers / companies are Eli Cattle Company, Panhandle Slim, Wrangler, and H Bar C.  H Bar C was the company that brought the more elaborate embroidered shirts out of the rodeo and into the main steam by having Hollywood celebrities like John Wayne wear their shirts.  To read more about the history, I have a bit on my personal blog at Ramblings from a Girlie Girl Housewife.  One can find these, but not all that often, at varius thrift shops and vintage shops.  When I find one at a thrift, in our size, I feel like I had a lucky day.  it might be because we are in Texas, I am not sure, but they are not always easy to find.  The vintage shops seem to have an abundance of them, but at a much heftier price.

It was not until I saw my hottie hubbie in his Pearl Snaps that they went from just "cool" to "Day'um Hot".  Now we have quiet a collection in our closet.  I even wear them for a casual look or if we are to go out to a C&W Club.  They look very cute tied in a knot over a  bustier.  We prefer buying vintage or, at least, second hand, well worn Pearl Snaps....but the best is when you wear one that you have had in your own closet for years.  Here are some of our favorites from recent thrifting adventures....

This one is actually kind of it does not leave the house very often.  LOL

I love this black one with the short sleeves.  Since it gets so hot here in Texas, it is nice to have the option of shorter sleeves and still being about to wear something westernish.  We also have 2 white ones like it, one is long sleeve, however.

These next two are of unknown origin / label.  Someone cut the labels out before I got my hands on them.  They are not very old as they have a silver tinsel looking thread running thru the fabric.  I do not care, however, they are worn to perfection and very comfy and stylish.   

I especially like the double pointed detail of the pockets with two snaps.

We have some of the fancier embroidered ones but they were not found at Thrift shops, unfortunately, so I did not include them in this post.

"Cheap bourbon whiskey and pearl snaps are the two things
That stay the same
so when the world starts spinnin' and
Your head hurts
 there's cheap bourbon whiskey and pearl snap shirts"
~~~Jason Boland


1 comment:

  1. Ah, I remember the early 1980's, when western shirts with pearl snaps were all the rage. My friend and I would sit in class and secretly vote on who was wearing the best plaid that day. The ones with the metallic lurex threads always won out. Of course there was also the dreaded ambush in the hallway, where someone "accidentally" ripped your shirt open.
    I love your kitty cat.


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