Why You Might Need Flame-Resistant Workwear

Some jobs would obviously require flame-resistant clothing, such as a firefighter. But what other jobs are potentially dangerous with fire hazard? Regular industrial clothing is generally made from synthetic fibers that will melt under intense heat. These melted fibers contribute to the severity of the burns, and in some cases can be fatal for the employee wearing the melted clothing.
Flame-resistant clothing can protect workers even if they are knocked unconscious, and it can be self-extinguishing and non-combustible. These factors are important because they can prevent further burning.
Jobs that require flame-resistant workwear:
Oil & Gas Drilling/Servicing
Oil Refining and Processing
Mining
Electric Power Utility
Natural Gas Utility
Industrial Electricians
Combustible Dust Industries
Jobs that require (or suggest) flame-resistant clothing should be performed without the proper attire. Know your industry’s standards and you can discuss with your HR department as well as research through OSHA what standards your clothing needs to meet.

Why You Might Need Flame-Resistant Workwear

Some jobs would obviously require flame-resistant clothing, such as a firefighter. But what other jobs are potentially dangerous with fire hazard? Regular industrial clothing is generally made from synthetic fibers that will melt under intense heat. These melted fibers contribute to the severity of the burns, and in some cases can be fatal for the employee wearing the melted clothing.
Flame-resistant clothing can protect workers even if they are knocked unconscious, and it can be self-extinguishing and non-combustible. These factors are important because they can prevent further burning.
Jobs that require flame-resistant workwear:
Oil & Gas Drilling/Servicing
Oil Refining and Processing
Mining
Electric Power Utility
Natural Gas Utility
Industrial Electricians
Combustible Dust Industries
Jobs that require (or suggest) flame-resistant clothing should be performed without the proper attire. Know your industry’s standards and you can discuss with your HR department as well as research through OSHA what standards your clothing needs to meet.

Bringing Western Decor into Your Home

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While it’s no surprise you can change up your wardrobe to make it more western-inspired, you might not have thought of another place you can show your love of the west: your home! With a few western home decor items, you can transform your average home into a western paradise.
Textiles
One common way to change the theme of a room is with textiles. Whether you prefer camouflage print bedding or a more subtle western decor transition, you can use blankets, rugs, curtains, bedding, and all kinds of other fabrics that can transform your room into a western themed abode.
Horns
An obvious western themed décor item would be steer horns hung on the wall. Authentic steer horns can be purchases in small, medium, and large sizes, and they are an interesting piece of décor to hang over doorways throughout your home, or even over the fireplace.
Picture Frames & Artwork
Picture frames are a common home décor item, and now you can get them in a variety of themes, colors, and sizes. Studded picture frames are common, as well as rustic metal frames with horseshoe embellishment and other western designs are a simple way to add a touch of country to your home. Also, framed prints and artwork of horses, Texas sayings, Native Americans, and other western images can really change the entire look and feel of a room.
There you have it—some easy ways that you can change the look and feel of your home—whether you choose to westernize one or two rooms of your house, you can use many of our western décor items to get the job done.

Bringing Western Decor into Your Home

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While it’s no surprise you can change up your wardrobe to make it more western-inspired, you might not have thought of another place you can show your love of the west: your home! With a few western home decor items, you can transform your average home into a western paradise.
Textiles
One common way to change the theme of a room is with textiles. Whether you prefer camouflage print bedding or a more subtle western decor transition, you can use blankets, rugs, curtains, bedding, and all kinds of other fabrics that can transform your room into a western themed abode.
Horns
An obvious western themed décor item would be steer horns hung on the wall. Authentic steer horns can be purchases in small, medium, and large sizes, and they are an interesting piece of décor to hang over doorways throughout your home, or even over the fireplace.
Picture Frames & Artwork
Picture frames are a common home décor item, and now you can get them in a variety of themes, colors, and sizes. Studded picture frames are common, as well as rustic metal frames with horseshoe embellishment and other western designs are a simple way to add a touch of country to your home. Also, framed prints and artwork of horses, Texas sayings, Native Americans, and other western images can really change the entire look and feel of a room.
There you have it—some easy ways that you can change the look and feel of your home—whether you choose to westernize one or two rooms of your house, you can use many of our western décor items to get the job done.

Complete Your Look with Western Accessories

While you might have your favorite summer sundress or your go-to pair of blue jean cutoffs, your outfit isn’t quite complete without a few western inspired accessories. Accessories are a way for you to add a personal flair to an outfit, and they shouldn’t be forgotten! Here are some of our favorite western accessories that you can explore and use to help build your personal style.
Jewelry
Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings – the western fashion world has a little something for everyone. Leather bands are a popular bracelet trend, and you can find a variety of styles to meet your personal taste. There are cord styles as well as thicker cuff styles. Also, necklaces and other items are often decorated with silver or a turquoise stone. Turquoise has long been associated with western style, and today’s modern jewelry is no exception.
Belt buckles
What’s a cowgirl without her belt buckle? Big belt buckles allow you to have a personal twist on common objects like brown and black belts, and they are a fun way to put a little of your personality into your outfit. You can even coordinate your belt buckle to match your boots, or another aspect of your outfit, for a look that is all you and totally country.
Handbags
A lady’s handbag speaks volumes about her, so it definitely needs to be considered when building your western outfit. Picking out a western handbag means browsing a large selection of country styles, from studded totes to fringe crossbody bags, the options can seem overwhelming. For this reason, it’s best to have a targeted idea of what exactly you are looking for.
While there are plenty of other accessories, from hats to phone cases, to sunglasses and luggage, these western accessories will be a good place to start as you build your country wardrobe.

Complete Your Look with Western Accessories

While you might have your favorite summer sundress or your go-to pair of blue jean cutoffs, your outfit isn’t quite complete without a few western inspired accessories. Accessories are a way for you to add a personal flair to an outfit, and they shouldn’t be forgotten! Here are some of our favorite western accessories that you can explore and use to help build your personal style.
Jewelry
Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings – the western fashion world has a little something for everyone. Leather bands are a popular bracelet trend, and you can find a variety of styles to meet your personal taste. There are cord styles as well as thicker cuff styles. Also, necklaces and other items are often decorated with silver or a turquoise stone. Turquoise has long been associated with western style, and today’s modern jewelry is no exception.
Belt buckles
What’s a cowgirl without her belt buckle? Big belt buckles allow you to have a personal twist on common objects like brown and black belts, and they are a fun way to put a little of your personality into your outfit. You can even coordinate your belt buckle to match your boots, or another aspect of your outfit, for a look that is all you and totally country.
Handbags
A lady’s handbag speaks volumes about her, so it definitely needs to be considered when building your western outfit. Picking out a western handbag means browsing a large selection of country styles, from studded totes to fringe crossbody bags, the options can seem overwhelming. For this reason, it’s best to have a targeted idea of what exactly you are looking for.
While there are plenty of other accessories, from hats to phone cases, to sunglasses and luggage, these western accessories will be a good place to start as you build your country wardrobe.

Tips to Remember When Shopping for Jeans

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As a long-standing wardrobe staple, blue jeans are basically and American pastime. As the 1950s saw screen stars like James Dean and John Wayne often decked out in denim, jeans became a quickly growing trend among frontiersmen, rodeo riders, motorcycle riders, young rebels, blue collar workers, and more. While the initial offerings of denim on the market were a few brands with a couple of styles, now it seems the options for buying jeans are endless. So how do you go about selecting a pair of jeans that meets your needs? We’ve got a blue jeans buying guide that will help you pick out the right jeans for your lifestyle and for your personal style.
Fit. This is a huge part of the process when shopping for jeans. Keep in mind that during regular wear, the fit will relax as the cotton stretches. It’s worth trying on a few brands to find the ones that fit you the best.
Thickness. Fabric weight is a big factor, especially if you’ll be doing intense labor (you’ll want a thicker thread/thicker weight), or if you are going to be in intense heat (you’ll want a lighter thread). Keep in mind that the lighter the fabric, the more likely it is to tear.
Wash. Some people prefer lighter denim, some prefer dark denim. Again, this depends on what you are going to be wearing them for. Also, if you find a brand and style you really love, you might want to grab one of each—a light and a dark wash.

Cowboy Chic is in for Fall 2014

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As the summer kicks off into full swing, it’s time to start thinking about planning your wardrobe for fall. According to the top opinions in fashion here in the US (which are on display twice a year in New York City), fall 2014 is all about cowboy chic and Americana style. Huge labels like Alexander Wang and Cushnie et Ochs were seen sending models down the runway bedecked in western motifs. Think fringe scarves, equestrian riding boots, oversized cowboy hats, denim jackets, blanket coats, and more.

The trends aren’t just here in the US either—even world famous French fashion house Chanel has decided to “go west” for the fall and they held their December show in Dallas, Texas.

western trend fall 2014

This fall, expect plenty of cowboy chic in the form of western-inspired prints, such as gingham, plaid, and houndstooth, all in au courant bright colors. In conjunction with the modern take on these classic trends, models were seen on many runways with classic ladylike accessories, so be prepared to pair your plaid with a string of pearls.
No matter what western inspired piece you are coveting for your fall collection, rest assured you can find it at Sheplers.

Wrangler Jeans vs. Levi’s Jeans

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Wrangler Jeans Vs. Levi’s Jeans

When it comes to western style clothes, a good pair of jeans are a staple, and every cowboy seems to have their own preferences. So how do you choose between some of the most famous denim brands of all time, Wrangler and Levi’s? While some jeans preferences are based on the brand’s reputation, some decisions are made based on fit. You will need to decide what is most important to you.

Wrangler Jeans Vs. Levi’s Jeans
Wrangler 13MWZ Cowboy Cut Rigid Original Fit Jeans

Wrangler Jeans

We are going to focus specifically on the 13MWZ Cowboy Cut Rigid Original Fit Jeans design, one of our most popular items in men’s western wear.

  • If your western wear includes numerous pairs of cowboy boots, these jeans may be for you as they are specifically designed to wear with cowboy boots.
  • These jeans feature a traditional zipper fly.
  • This specific style has a roomier leg and rear, but there is also a slim version available (Wrangler 936). You will have to decide which fit you prefer.
  • The texture of Wrangler denim tends to be rougher and feels like a thicker thread than Levi’s.
  • Wrangler jeans tend to be more affordable with prices almost half as much as Levi’s.

Levi’s Jeans

A popular pair of Levi’s jeans at Sheplers, the Levi’s 501 Jeans–Original Shrink-to-Fit, are another good choice for men’s western wear wardrobe.

  • Levi’s 501 jeans have a lower rise (about an inch) than Wrangler.
  • This specific pair features a button fly rather than a zipper.
  • The coin pocket is positioned lower on the Levi’s 501 than the Wrangler 13MWZ.
  • If you are not a fan of the Shrink-to-Fit fit, the 501 style also comes in a straight leg fit.
  • Depending on the fit, the 501 collection also comes in a variety of colors including indigo, black, green, light blue, and gray.

Our Sheplers cowboys recommend finding the fit you prefer before buying multiple jeans of the same style.

At the end of the day, jeans are a personal preference. We suggest you try out both brands of denim and see which ones you like the best. Browse our large selection of denim in our men’s western wear collection and find the pair that is right for you.

 

How to Dress Like a Cowgirl

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dress like a cowgirl

So you want to build a western wardrobe, but you aren’t sure where to start? Luckily, we have been outfitting country fashion lovers since 1899, so we have a few tips to share on how you can build a wardrobe that fits into a cowgirl lifestyle.
The Denim. An essential wardrobe item for cowgirls and cowboys alike, you need a few pair of well-made jeans. You’ll either want bootcut jeans to go over your shoes, or skinny leg jeans to tuck into your denim. Denim doesn’t stop at jeans—you’ll also need denim shorts (cutoffs) and denim skirts to fill up your wardrobe.
The Boots. No cowgirl is complete without a beloved pair (or two!) of stylish cowboy boots. There are a variety of styles, from different colors, to different materials, to different toe styles depending on your personal preference.
The Plaid. Pair your denim with a western-ready plaid shirt. Roll up the sleeves and tuck the shirt in (either all of it or partially tucked), and you can even opt for a different wash of denim to wear with your denim for a look that is pure country.
The Hat. No western outfit is complete without a cowboy-style hat. In today’s shopping world, you can find cowboy hats in a variety of colors, and you can also find ones with unique embellishments like suede braids, turquoise or silver medallions, and more.

The Accessories. From fringed jackets, to belts with large buckles, to handbags and wallets that are decorated in western trends, you can be a head-to toe-cowgirl with the help of western accessories.
Whether you are building a brand new wardrobe or just need a few new pieces to update your cowgirl look, Sheplers has everything you need to dress like a cowgirl.