10 Contributions to Fashion Courtesy of the Wild West & in Honor of the Houston Rodeo

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Photo by Courier Litho. Co. via Wikimedia Commons
Most people don't think of Texas when they think of fashion, but I bet they think of the Lone Star state when they think the wild west. We are known for buckles, boots, and bandanas, but what about bolo ties, reptile skin leather and gingham? Texas has played a huge part in fashioning - pun intended - what the world calls the American look.

Now, western wear has surfaced as a true trend. Karl Lagerfeld's recent visit to Dallas and a few designers feeling the cowboy spirit this season - Roberto Cavalli showed lots of fringe bags for Just Cavalli Fall 2014 and multiple designers dressed their models in cowboy hats - has sealed it as a solid trend for Spring.

In honor of the newly minted western trend and upcoming Rodeo Houston, here are 10 contributions the fashion industry can thank Texas for, whether they know it or not.

Fringe
Not to be confused with the roaring 20's flapper fringe, the shredded fabric detail is synonymous with western culture and can be found on coats, purses, shoes, and skirts.

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Photo by UH Digital Library via Wikimedia Commons


Belt Buckle

The belt buckle has been around for a while - earliest found was from the Iron Age - but the statement belt buckle is Texas born and raised. The bigger the better is the rule of thumb.

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Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Feathers
Used as decoration for hats, shirts, and even your hair, the use of feathers as accessories is a tradition created by Native Americans and adopted by early western settlers as a statement making addition to cowboy hats.

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