Traditionally distinguished by western fashion hallmarks, such as the curved or pointed back yoke and the snap front, men's western shirts have evolved over time to include features more in common with classic men's dress shirts, though the western lifestyle is considered in every design.
The classic, or retro, western snap shirt usually has a slimmer more fitted design. They can range from the thinner cotton woven style (sometimes referred to as the "trucker") to a fully embroidered and embellished cotton-poly blend western shirt associated with the classic cowboy look. Wrangler Western Shirts for Men
, as well Roper
, Rough Stock
, and South Thread Western Shirts
all have a nice selection of traditional snap shirts. For a more vintage look, check out the Panhandle Slim
, 90 Proof
Some contemporary western shirts have buttons and a straight back yoke not traditionally associated with western fashion. However they are cut with the western lifestyle in mind, usually with a larger fit and longer tail to provide more room for riding and working. Today, you are just as likely to see a working cowboy sporting a snap shirt as you are a button down. For a more contemporary style of men's western shirt, start with men's Cinch Shirts
and men's Ariat Shirts
In addition, the growing popularity of red dirt and Texas country has brought a more styled "rock and roll" theme to western fashion for men. The leaders in this category are Rock and Roll Cowboy
and Southern Thread
. In addition to a modern take on the traditional menís western shirt, these labels offer t-shirts, hoodies, thermals and more with styling that reflects todayís country scene that has been infused with a rock and roll attitude.
Today, the concept of the men's western shirt means a lot of things to a lot of people. Thankfully, there is a good variety of western shirts from many quality labels on the market today. There is sure to be a western shirt that fits your particular country point of view.