One of my favourite subjects, other than my horses, kids, husband and my book, and Johnny Depp, is clothes. I love clothes.
Not like some girls love clothes though. I don't particularly like the mall. Price tags generally make me feel faint and woozy.
I love buying clothes at the local feed mill. John Deere hats! Wranglers! Roper boots! Work gloves...canvas coveralls...rubber boots...ahhhhh! I love that stuff.
Here's how this week will go:
Today-The basics of hick chic
Tuesday- what pisses me off about work wear
Wednesday- my favourite things
Thursday- Hick Chic Fashion Hall of Shame
Friday- CELEBRITY HICK FASHION SHOW!!!
I know! I'm as excited as you are!
The hoodie is one of the most important pieces of workwear. Unless you like having numb ears or hay in your hair, get one.
Or get this one.
Unless you're a guy, then don't get the pink one. Well I guess you could if you want to. Whatevs, man, I am not here to judge.
Besides, I'm working on my "Less Hatred, More Hay" masterpiece I'm sure everybody can feel happy about the world when wearing something like that.
The cap is another essential piece. I actually have this one, although mine is very worn and faded now! The kind with the mesh back is better for summer hot weather. Keep that in mind.
Keeps the sun out of your eyes, covers your hair, doesn't get in the way when you have to lean on a horse to pick up a hoof, and for those of us with long hair, a ponytail fits through the adjustment hole! It's the perfect headgear! Unless of course, it's cold and windy, in which case you need an earflaps hat which could be a whole blog posting on its own!
Don't forget the gloves! I wear gloves for everything- gardening, riding, sweeping, tractoring.
Here are my favourite work gloves:
I have seen pink riding gloves too. Maybe some day I'll get a pair.
I have a few very cool leather belts, but sadly, I've never had a classic belt buckle. I need to save up my pennies for this one.
I know. I'm not a farm girl anymore. But I was. I will be again. Sort of. So I say it counts.
Jeans. What a subject. There are the ones I wear to go out, as in, to a public place where people will see me, and riding jeans. Truthfully, I rattle around the house in some nasty old track pants. I have one particularly favourite hideous pair that my stylish daughter hates- they're green and purple plaid and she calls them clown pants. They're comfy. It's a farm kid thing to only wear the good stuff when you're out of the house, as in, off the farm, going to town, going out in public. It saves laundry, actually. See? Practical.
Before I get into riding jeans, check these out. They are lined in flannel!!!!
Oh happiness. I'm almost dizzy just thinking about it.
I've spent the last few months trying to get back to my Wranglers weight. I got them a few years ago and got hooked. I can't explain what it is about them that makes them special, but they really are better jeans for riding. I'm wearing a pair of Silver jeans lately, and although they do the job, I keep wishing I could fit into my Wranglers again. I do find the waist a little high. There's just not much room between my ribs and my hips. Other than that they're so comfy.
This is how you wear them- so long in the legs that they're all wrinkled up around your ankles when you're standing. There's a reason for this. When you're in the saddle, they'll be the perfect length to end up just at your boot heels. They won't ride up around the stirrup fenders.
And speaking of boots...there will be a whole blog post on boots. My life revolves around boots. Here are a few pairs that I don't have. But very much want.
Cute or what?
Hey! Y'know? Right?
Oh but wait!!!
I will have these. Some day, when my children's feet have stopped growing and I don't have to buy boots for them anymore, I will have a pair of these boots. I'll wear them everywhere. I'll wear them from April til November.
To top this off, I'd liek to share a few photos that make me very happy.
This guy rocks. Love the dog, love the stone wall, if I had a slicker like that I'd ride in the rain a little more happily, and it takes guts to wear a mustache like that, buddy dude!
I'm sorry, when your outfit is this cool, mud only makes it better.
I don't usually post photos of people I don't know, but these ladies are so adorable I have to. Those are some nice overalls and coats they're wearing.
I especially like the red outfit! I like the tractor too. I doubt I'll ever have use for a monster of a tractor like this. I hope they're having fun with it!
And finally, I like everything about this picture.
I like the horse's ears and neck positiion. Love that hat, the jacket, the vest. Nice deerskin gloves. Great hat. She has good hair too. She kind of looks like Sheryl Crow. I like Sheryl Crow because she, like me, has small 'uns, messy hair and a mole on her face. Yep, sometimes I like people because of physical similarities to me and what they're wearing. It's like I never left grade 4. Except that in Grade 4 I had no idea a person could look this good in Carhartt.
I need to save up some pennies...that Carhartt stuff is the best but it sure isn't easy on the wallet. It's worth it, though.
So what exactly is Hick Chic? For me, it's about wearing comfortable, well fitting, practical clothes that look good. And it's an attitude too. I don't need to dress nicely. I don't need to wear what all the glossy pictures tell me to wear, even if I do have a good time looking at those pictures. I know where I come from, I know what I like, and I know what I'm comfortable in.
yep, I'm a hick, no matter where I end up. And darnit, I'm vain enough to want to look good!
But not too good if you know what I mean!