I've declared a moratorium on adding t-shirts to my wardrobe. Call it the t-minus shirt rule; only shirts with interesting details, forms, and colours (with sanguinary limits) allowed. The plain ol' flabby tee is thusly banished, except for those hot summer days when a shirt has to be exposed to sweat, sunlight, and all that summer in sunny Southern California brings with it. Or laundry day. Or housecleaning day. You get the idea.
A few weeks, I shared one of my two most recent acquisitions - the gangsta pranksta shirt from Lip Service. This week, I'd like to share with you my second addition: the Scully Range Frontier Engineer Shirt. It's an Old West style shirt with a button-on cavalry bib and large silver-tone buttons. Cost: roughly 55 bucks from Sheplers.com.
Since this was an online purchase, I didn't quite know what to expect. The fit especially concerned me. But the good news is that the shirt fits and it more than passes muster. The heavyweight cotton denim is thick and sturdy - perfect for the cooler weather - and the style is worth a yee-haw or three for being different from the usual dress shirt.
This is not me wearing the shirt. I tried getting a picture of myself, but when that didn't work out I figured you might prefer to look at this guy.
Scully is actually quite a compelling brand, with some really beautiful cowboy shirt designs that burst with details, some of which (like the clustered buttons) invoke a contemporary sensibility.
Shepler's doesn't seem to offer much by way of Scully shirts for women, but they carry some beautiful pieces like this fringed jacket:
You'll a lot more, including shirts for the ladies and more garments for men and women, at Scully's website, www.scullyleather.com.
The funny thing is that I never thought I'd turn to Western wear for wardrobe choices...except for the fact that I did buy a beautiful skull-laden cowboy shirt from Shrine many years ago...proving yet again the value of embracing the unexpected. Lesson learned? Oh yes, I think so. Open your mind, and a cowboy might ride in. Or something like that.
On that note, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving.
Note: Usual disclaimer about the images, which were borrowed from sheplers.com for illustrative purposes only and will be taken down at the copyright owner's request.