Country Western Dressing in the Winter

Throughout the country, temperatures are quite chilly. While you can’t exactly get by wearing your favorite cutoff shorts and vintage tee shirt, there are ways you can still channel your western style in the winter months. Some our most classic western wear can be worn in the winter to keep you warm. Let’s look at the winter essentials of country western fashion.

Jeans. A staple in the wardrobe of most people, jeans are a classic and easy piece to wear during the day or at night. Choose from a variety of washes, cuts, brands and more with our large denim selection at Sheplers.

Flannel. Button down flannel shirts are a cowboy staple, and the material can keep you quite cozy in the cold weather. You can layer a t-shirt underneath for extra warmth, and there are so many prints in today’s flannel that you can rotate several options throughout the season.

Shearling Jacket. Who doesn’t love a classic and casual denim jacket? They are great, but they aren’t the warmest option. A lined shearling coat will keep you cozy in the chilly winter months.

Cowboy Hat. You lose a lot of heat through your head, so a hat is an important part of staying warm, Choose a warm suede or leather cowboy hat to keep your head cozy and comfortable.

Boots. A thick pair of socks and a pair of high quality boots are all you need to keep your feet cuddled up and warm. Pick out a pair of boots that are versatile and can easily be rotated throughout your existing wardrobe.

Shopping for Cowboy Boots

Buying a pair of cowboy boots can be an overwhelming experience, considering how many styles, brands, colors, and fits are available on the market today. If you’re shopping as a first timer or as a veteran boot buyer, we have a few tips to help you along the shopping process. Here are our tips for selecting and buying your first pair of cowboy boots.

Trust your foot and the feel. When you put the boots on, they should feel like they are custom made for you. Don’t buy boots that feel bad because you think they’ll become comfortable. Buy boots that are comfortable for you NOW!

How do your toes and heels feel?  You might not know it, but boots are specifically made for toes, heels, arches, and other foot characteristics that make some pairs a great choice, and some a wrong choice.

Comfort is king. Boots shouldn’t be high heels, and they shouldn’t pinch anywhere. We can’t emphasize enough—they should fit like they are made for you! Try the boots on– don’t just trust your eyes to determine if they are a good fit.

Bring someone with style that you trust to the store, because it is always nice to have a second opinion. Happy shopping for your new cowboy boots!

Sheplers Looks Back at the Top Country Songs of 2014

Can you believe the year is already coming to a close? As we say farewell to another great year, we can’t help but reflect on the past twelve months and the music we were given. With that in mind, here are the top ten country music songs of 2014 as compiled by Billboard.

Get your guitar and cowboy hat and get ready to sing along.

Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

We love duets, and this couple always knows how to tug at the heartstrings.

Mean to Me – Brett Eldredge

Eldredge might be new on the music scene, but this song showcases his vocal talents.

Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church

Breakups are hard, but songs that talk about them make them a little easier to cope with.

American Kids – Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney still knows how to create a hit single, and this song is no exception.

A Girl in a Country Song – Maddie & Tae

This girly duet is still making an impact on the country music industry with this hit single.

Leave the Night On – Sam Hunt

As Sam Hunt’s debut single, the song has been a hit since it was released.

Automatic – Miranda Lambert

This repeated female vocalist of the year released this hit which takes listeners back to a simpler time.

David Nail – Whatever She’s Got 

This up-tempo song about a woman who everyone wants was a big hit for the country music world.

Beat of the Music – Brett Eldredge

Another hit by Eldredge from 2014, and we know he’s got more up his sleeve.

Makes Me Wanna – Thomas Rhett

Classic country themes all exist in this catchy song, but there also an underlying rock guitar that makes it extra enjoyable.

Which one was your favorite?

Guide to Buying a Men’s Belt

While a belt might seem like a small part of a man’s wardrobe, it’s a very crucial part of completing a man’s look. A belt, when it is done right, show’s that a man knows how to dress. Unfortunately, the wrong belt shows the opposite to be true. Thankfully, we have a few tips to help you choose the belt that is right for you, or the man you are shopping for.

Belt length: Dress belts should have a few inches of leather to the left of the buckle once it’s fastened. Enough to tuck under your first belt loop, or the loop on the belt if it has one, is a good rule of thumb.

Belt buckles: If you wear male jewelry of any kind — cufflinks and so forth — the belt should be in the same color family. Silver accents should go with a silver belt buckle and gold with gold. A wedding ring is always an exception — there’s no need to restrict yourself to gold accents for your entire married life. The ring is understood to be a gesture independent of your personal style. Keep in mind, the bigger the buckle is, the less formal it is.

Belt colors: Leather should always match leather. That rule stays with you in dress and casual wear: brown leather shoes go with a brown leather belt, and black with black.  Plain and simple!

Remember, there are a few rules when buying a belt and a belt buckle, and they are very specific to personal style. Buy a belt that looks like something he would be for himself.

Holiday Parties with a Country Western Twist

It’s the happiest, busiest, and most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are a time filled with celebration, and if you are hosting a holiday party, we’ve got an idea to offer guests a slightly different experience. Rather than the traditional holiday party, why not serve up one with a theme? Let your country & western pride show and host a party that is reflective of your lifestyle. We have a few tips to help you plan a party and cowboy (or cowgirl) would be proud to host.

Menu: Cook up some classics like pigs in a blanket, and add traditional party favorites like chips and dip to the menu. You could make it potluck, or you could do the full menu and offer barbecue, baked beans, hamburgers, and other All-American favorites.

Dress code: Encourage guests to feel comfortable and wear their cowboy boots, favorite pair of Wranglers, and cowboy hats. Your party, your rules!

Music: Luckily, there are a wide variety of holiday songs by country & western artists. A simple search online can also help you to find some holiday favorites by classic country artists as well as newer ones, like Taylor Swift.

Games: Everyone loves the game Dirty Santa, but you can put a simple western spin on it by offering  the same game with a new name like Outlaw Exchange or Holiday Bandits. You get the idea.

We wish you a happy holiday season, from our Sheplers family to yours.

Which Jeans are Right for You?

One of the most common staples in the wardrobes of men and women are blue jeans. While we all love denim, we generally don’t gravitate towards the same brand, wash, or cut. So how do we know what jeans are right for us? As a major denim destination, Western Wear has decided to share some tips to make sure you buy the perfect pair of blue jeans.

Simple and classic are always a good idea. Don’t feel the need to try the latest denim trends and designs, because a classic pair will really suit you well in the long run, plus you’ll get a lot of wear out of them. While it may go without saying, blue jeans should fit you well. They shouldn’t be too tight, but they shouldn’t be falling off of you either. Go for comfort, but also keep style in mind. Trendier pairs are slimmer cut, and they also will compliment your figure better than a baggy pair of shapeless denim.

Keep the wash in mind. If you are going to be outside, on a farm, and getting dirty, you probably want to stick with darker washes so that stains are less prominent. Additionally, darker denim is a little more sleek and stylish, and can easily be worn at night as well as during the work day.

Then let’s look at the fly—button or zip, it’s up to you. They look the same, but generally a zipper is more convenient and easier to take on and off. Usually the fly simply boils down to personal preference.

The cut should be based on your body type as well as your intended use. Slim cut legs fit easier into cowboy boots, which a looser fit can rest over your boots and probably provide more all around comfort.

Keep these expert tips in mind next time you are searching for the perfect pair of jeans. Whether you are shopping in store or online, these are criteria that you can use to measure if a pair is perfect for you.

 

Planning a Country Western Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding, you want something extra special that is also in line with your personality. For the cowgirl, you likely want a piece of your country western persona in your wedding. Thanks to sites like Pinterest, the wedding inspiration boards are limitless. We’ve decided to narrow down the top ways to show your western flair while maintaining a chic and stylish wedding.

Cowboy boots: Underneath your bridal gown, ditch the heels and wear your trusty cowboy boots. Some brides even have their bridesmaids wear boots as well.

Hats: For photos following the ceremony and for the reception, the bride and groom can have wedding cowboy hats to showcase their love of country western style.

Music: You can opt for live music with a country western band, or have a DJ compile classic country favorites. Bonus country points if you hire a bluegrass group!

Venue: Having your wedding ceremony in a barn, on a farm, or in another western location is a great way to keep the ceremony uniquely you.

Accents: Mason jar wine glasses, flannel trimmings– there are a variety of western pieces you could incorporate into your wedding decor that will set the mood and the theme.

The Exit: Forget the car, is there anything more western than riding off on horses?

As we said, the options are endless when it comes to creating a wedding that is true to your western loving personalities. Remember, your wedding is about you, so go with your taste and focus on planning a wedding that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

 

Brand Spotlight: Montana Silversmith’s

As the name implies, Montana Silversmith’s was created in the great state of Montana. With a focus on high quality jewelry, décor, and belt buckles, Montana Silversmith’s has cemented themselves as a western industry fashion staple.

For men and women, Montana Silversmith’s offers traditional western pieces with unique embellishments and designs. Just like Sheplers, Montana Silversmith’s takes great pride in providing high quality products to their customers.  Since 1973, they have been sharing their skilled craftsmanship with the world, specifically within the country and western lifestyle industries.

Whether you are in the market for men or women’s jewelry, belt buckles, or home décor, Montana Silversmith’s is a brand that you can look towards for finely made wares. Check out our selection of Montana Silversmith’s and see for yourself.

 

Happy Shopping!