it’s kind of a running joke amongst my friends that i dislike dress up parties. don’t know why, maybe because people can’t seem to throw parties without some kind of theme attached, no matter how lame (wear a funny hat!) or maybe it’s because we don’t celebrate halloween in south africa & so didn’t grow up with that ritual of finding a costume every year.

either way, i do make exception for (a) vintage / anything mad men related (that’s a given) and (b) cowboys / western. the fact is, i wouldn’t mind if people dressed in western gear all the time. it’s probably because i find cowboys ridiculously attractive. imagine don draper dressed as a cowboy! doubley attractive heart attack right there.

this post completely stemmed from that rad cowboy post over at the selvedge yard, by the way.

click on the images for their sources.


  1. Ummmm Don Draper is my dream man, without all the infidelity thing.

  2. love anything to do with cow boys/ gals. did my thesis on the american west. obsessed with the south west country – ansel adams georgia o keefe- MAD about don draper but cant imagine him as a cowboy think he might look toooo canadia mounty ish – so suity-

  3. I LOVE this post. But then I love fancy dress parties of any kind (well, not the lame kind – “wear a funny hat” is beyond lame). But proper, full on, 110% effort by all concerned – there’s nothing like it!

  4. I’ve just been through your great blog and the cowgirls post made me think of “Les petroleuses”!

  5. “she’s every big-time rodeo prize rolled into one… pair of tight pants!” haha, awesome

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