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Cowboy Sartorialism: How To Dress Like Clint Eastwood

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If Clint Eastwood had only played The Man With No Name, he’d still be in the pantheon of western heroes. His character in the Dollars trilogy is so iconic he was able to imprint himself on the world’s imagination with just a few words and a stubby cigar. Dressing like the Man With No Name can help you make an impression and stay warm in these cool fall months.

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The ShirtWrangler Cowboy Cut Chambray Shirt

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This is an inexpensive staple that you can find almost anywhere. They retail south of 30 bucks, last forever and are basic as can be. Director Sergio Leone talked about wanting the Man With No Name to be dressed simply, like a workman. It’s hard to get more workman like than this shirt.

The Vest-Carhartt Mock Neck Vest

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Keeping with the idea of Eastwood’s bounty hunter as a simply dressed working man, this vest will keep you warm without breaking the bank or, you know, being an actual sheepskin vest. Carhartt is still made in the USA and my Dad has one older than me. They get better looking with age and wear.

The Belt-Stitched Leather Belt

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The stitching on this belt is reminiscent of the stitching on Clint’s gun belt. This is also a fairly common belt, not hard to find at various price points.

The Hat

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Resistol consistently has some pretty nice brown hats. Plus, it’s after September 15th so if you’re tired of choosing between black or gray hats, why not change it up a little. I’ll be talking more in the future about how to buy a hat and what to look for. As a rule of thumb, more X’s is a better hat, but as always, beware. Wool hats are cheaper but lower quality while beaver felt commands a higher price.

The Poncho

Don’t do it. Remember the lesson of Seinfeld and the Urban Sombrero. Emiliano Zapata himself would look out of place wearing a poncho in present day America. If you really want to wear something with the same sort of design, but less attention grabbing, try Pendleton Mills, who has been making quality goods with Native American designs here in the US since 1863.

 

 

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Bury my heart in West Texas.

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