wear is a category of men's and women's clothing which derives
its unique style from the clothes worn in the 19th-century
Western wear ranges from accurate historical
reproductions of pioneer, mountain man, Civil War, cowboy and
vaquero clothing to the stylized garments popularized by singing
cowboys such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers in the 1940s and '50s.
Western wear can be very informal, with a
t-shirt and blue jeans forming a basic ensemble, or it may
consist of tailored formal garments with western accents. At
minimum, western wear generally incorporates a cowboy hat, a
leather belt, and cowboy boots.
The most elaborate western wear is the
custom work created by rodeo tailors such as Nudie Cohn and
Manuel, which is characterized by elaborate embroidery and
rhinestone decoration. This type of western wear,
popularized by country music performers, is the origin of the
phrase rhinestone cowboy.