This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

How cowboys wore their pants

Today, a modern "cowboy" wouldn't dream of rolling the cuffs on the bottom of his pants. He goes to the his local store and selects exactly the correct fit in the waist and inseam. But real cowboys, in the Old West, didn't have that luxury.

Not only were pants (actually they were called "trousers") expensive, they were difficult to come by. And if the general store even stocked your waist size, they certainly weren't going to have it in various inseams (leg length). So a cowboy would be fortunate to find something that fit at the waist, and as for the length, well, he just rolled it up.

The last time anyone dared to wear pants the way that "real" cowboys did was in the 1950s. In fact, we have come to picture bluejeans rolled up at the cuffs as being a "kid in the 1950s" thing. So, if you really want to look like an authentic cowboy from the 19th Century, you would roll the cuffs on your pants. But if you don't, I don't blame you.
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