"Sh$t-kickers" ? ___"how old is he" LOL!!! This is what I tried to explain before, most of these guys act about a generation(or worse) younger than they actually are. It is "their" culture + the Southwestern culture, acting in combination. People who come out here from "civilization", are usually not ready for what they find. I think that is why the lands west of the Mississippi River were called the out-lands, as in "outlandish". Most Easterners leave, shaking their heads in disbelief. They can not, usually, even explain what it is like, to the people back home. Those who stay, develop an "epic" sense of humor - and quickly adopt the same level of "cultivated eccentricity"! I could probably dress in soiled buckskins, with a space helmet, and no one would care. I am afraid, that this IS the Southwest Borderlands. LOL! But, of the only two dresses that I have, I think I will choose the shorter, geometric, multicolor one. :-)
"in the way of dresses?" Well, two. A long, what you might call, "Flamenco dancer look": black with silver trim. And a shorter, slinkier, still very Santa Fe, geometrics: earth-tones with desert pastels(rose, gold, blue, turquoise). But if he shows up, as I suspect he could, in jeans and those rotten running shoes ... Out here, there is a general, deep seated, attitude of "defiant casualism". I may be the only person there, not wearing Carhartt - and without "calf-stuff" on it as well! This is the "True West", stain resistance is FUTILE!!! LOL!!!
Tomorrow, at first light.___"plaid shirts with hokey looking pockets"..."VANILLA EXTRACT!!! ICK!" I do NOT blame you, LOL!!! But the cowboy boots and hats, are a standard necessity. I wear what is called "Ranch Wellingtons", (Star Trek boots - to all my Trek friends. :-D ) no sequins or tooling. And the "real" hat was purely functional. No silly extreme curl to the brim, and no silver-concho, or chicken-feather hatband. Out here the "real" cowboy style, never went out of style (what passes for it, elsewhere, is considered - just plain WEIRD!!!). "East is East, and West is West", I guess. ;-) :-) ___ Do not worry, my friend, :-) I can even be 10 feet tall, if I put my mind to it ;-)! But, in this case, I doubt that painting my self "blue" could help. Lions are color blind. :-)
My two equid friends, and I may be spending a couple of days out (an "away mission" - Yea!!! ;-) ), looking for signs of a "trouble cat". This, actually, IS part of my job: "keeping good relations with the neighbors". There has been a sickly looking lion, following people in broad daylight. This is never, a good thing. So I will be scouting the rim rock for any signs of its denning activity. I have no intention of encountering "the suspect", if possible, just reporting to FS. They have authority to do whatever is called for. I should, DEFINITELY, be back before Saturday. :-)
I think that the modern designers have done a pretty fair job of "simulating" all those "fiddly" buttons, and whale-bone corsets. However, the Southwestern look is just as much influenced by Spanish Colonials, and Native Americas (making it great for "woman-shaped women" ;-) ). From what I have studied of frontier life, at least in this region, women usually dressed in what would contemporaneously be called men's clothing. They just, commonly, refused to be photographed in anything but their "Sunday best". I wonder what they would have thought of of my "terrorist" look? LOL!!! They may even have adopted it, if they could. :-)