4 Romantic Western Movies to Watch This Weekend.

Happy Valentine’s Week!

In honor of the love celebration taking place on Sunday, we’re giving you 4 romantic western/cowboy movies we love. I’m sure you have already purchased your significant other their gift, and if you have not then hop over to our website and get them a gift that will keep on giving for a few months.

We’ll give you a tiny synopsis just to peak your interest, but no worries, we promise no spoilers!

Giant

I mean, just a classic. The movie covers the story of two generations in a ranch in Texas, therefore it spans through decades and lasts over 3 hours. There’s love, there’s conflict, there’s death. You really can’t ask for much more.

The Man from the Snowy River

Maybe it’s the awesome theme song of the movie, maybe it’s that scene where Jessica runs to the fence in excitement in her full skirt and boots when she hears the horses coming, maybe it’s the fact that my dad and brother watched this movie over and over and over again while I was growing up in the 90s, but this movie is just good. Predictable? yes, but really what movie isn’t.

Anyways, in this Australian film Jim is forced to find a job to help him get his father’s ranch back on its feet, and during him and the girl he wishes to marry become involved in a 20 year old family feud. Kinda like Romeo and Juliet but with cowboy hats and hot Australian accents.

The Horse Whisperer

This sort of seems like your typical city girl meets country boy movie, but there is definitely more than that. Though there is a sort of love story in this plot, I would say that the bigger love story is that between the family and their horse. After a traumatic accident a family is encouraged to put down a horse that will likely never recover, but they refuse to do so without trying every last resort. Be prepared to feel the strong urge to run out to your barn and give your horse the biggest hug.

The Last Ride

This is a Nicolas Sparks movie and I feel like saying that is spoiler enough because most of his movies are the same, so I’ll leave it at that.

Now you have some good titles to cuddle up to on the couch after dinner this Sunday.

Pig Man, Boots and Valentine’s Day

If your significant other likes hunting, chances are you’ve heard of Pig Man. If you don’t hunt, chances also are that you pretend to know what he or she is talking about and nod a lot while he or she tells you all about it. There’s no better gift than to be able to share in something your significant other likes, except maybe some kickass boots but we’ll get to those later. With Valentine’s around the corner, our gift to you today is a quick guide to Pig Man and his greatness, so you can stop nodding along and feigning interest.

Pig Man? What?

His real name is Brian Quaca, but Pig Man is catchy and really cool. He’s been Pig Man photo shoot - March 2014 Brian Quaca. For TV.hunting his whole life, but since a young age showed a passion, talent and concern for the issue that were non-indigenous pigs in central Texas, where he grew up. Despite being an avid hunter of many species, pigs became his forte and as neighbors began enlisting his help with their pig problems, he earned the nickname of Pig Man.

Is that it? 

No, not even close. It was his concern for this problem plaguing his hometown that led him to become a rifle smith. He was pretty good at it. Are you noticing a pattern yet?

His excellent skills as a riffle smith led people to ask him to lead their hunts, where they witnessed first hand yet another thing he was great at. Eventually, leading hunts became his primary job and his popularity earned him guest spots in a few tv shows before he was offered his very own show.
The popularity of his own tv show stretched throughout industries, from hunting gear to ready to
wear. He famously wore Tin Haul’s best selling boot “Gnarly Shark,” which sent the boot’s demandthrough the roof!  So much, that Tin Haul made and named the “Not Boaring” boot after him. Seriously, how cool is that?! (These boots are still available and are the perfect gift to any Pig Man aficionado, by the 41257_10395disp14238_30535dispway.)

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of 2014 Pig Man was critically injured in a car accident that left him with multiple skull fractures, severe facial lacerations, cracked ribs, a broken wrist, bleeding on the brain and major damage to his right eye. Despite what some would consider career ending injuries, Pig Man managed to make a come back, like a real one not like the Backstreet Boys’ kind, and is back on top. In June 2015 a two episode special “Pigman Rising” aired on the Sportsman Channel narrating his road back to recovery.

What does this have to do with Valentine’s day?

Oh yeah, that’s where we were going with this. A lot.

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First, if that special one is a Pig Man fan we have the
perfect gift for them. You can choose from the Gnarly Shark, the Not Boaring, or any other Tin Haul Boots really, since Brian does wear the brand regularly. What about for women? The Gnarly Pink Shark!

 

 

Most importantly, all new Pig Man episodes premiere on February 14th on Sportsman Channel, so make that a part of your Valentine’s Day plans and surprise them with all you’ve learned about Pig Man with this quick guide. During commercials, of course.

Want to learn some more? Catch up with Brian on the official Pig Man Facebook, twitter, or watch some of his videos on his YouTube Channel.

Garth Brooks Sevens by Cinch

Garth Brooks and Cinch are teaming up! Actually, they already have.

Last week, during the WESA Market in Denver, buyers had the first chance to get a sneak peek at Cinch’s new line “Garth Brooks Sevens by Cinch” debuting in stores this fall.

Cinch has gained it’s good reputation based on their high quality shirts and great fitting denim that offers a wide range of fits and washes, which guarantees everyone can find something they like at affordable prices.

Garth Brook’s line will be up to part with all of Cinch’s quality clothing, but it will bear the country singer’s signature style, for which he has been known for decades.

As described by Cinch, “Designs come from Brooks’ stage-inspired styling and combine his high-energy on-stage presence with CINCH’s commitment to authentic western apparel. High-quality fabrics, ideal fit and unique western taste will be seen in all “Garth Brooks Sevens by CINCH” clothing. The shirts and jeans in the line are geared towards the core western lifestyle audience and all those who love the cowboy way. “

Cinch is not new to endorsements or partnerships. They endorse champs like Cody Ohl and Fred Whitfield, as well as other musicians like Curtis Grimes. And they have partnered with many organizations like All American Quarter Horse Congress and Colorado FFA Foundation.

But this, however, is Garth Brooks’ very first partnership of this nature. After so many years in the music industry, it makes sense for him to have chosen a name as well known as Cinch take on this endeavor.

The Garth Brook’s line “Garth Brooks Sevens by Cinch” will be sold at UrbanWesternWear.com, and it is scheduled to arrive in September 2016. We recommend you sign up for our e-mail list to be one of the first to get your hands on these pieces that will likely be a hit.

Travel in Style

Between the holidays, NFR, and all the upcoming world renowned Rodeos, including our very own Houston Livestock Show, the very last and very first months of the year are pretty busy traveling months for many.

Keeping your clothes and boots looking sharp after spending so many hours in luggage can be challenging. Some people feel limited to the amount of boots they can travel with because boots and hats are not the easiest to pack, but that should never keep you from traveling in style.

Today we’re sharing some of our best tips on how to pack to best maximize your luggage space and ensure nothing stops you from taking your favorite pieces with you.

Packing Clothes:

Nothing dampers your travel spirit like opening your luggage upon arrival and finding your previously neatly ironed shirts and jeans completely wrinkled. The best way to pack clothing to prevent ruining your freshly ironed items is to roll them. Fold shirts and jeans like you normally would, but once they are folded, slowly and carefully roll them and pack them as rolls. This will save space and hopefully help your clothes stay looking sharp.

Packing boots:

If you have a very special pair of boots you would rather carry separately to16685_31573disp
protect them from any scratches or damage, your best bet are boot carriers. Whether you prefer short or tall boots, there are carriers to fill either style. These normally fit only one pair of boots, which guarantees no other items (belts, toiletries, etc) can damage your boots.

If you’re traveling by plane, boot carriers are also a carry on item which can count as your personal item and fit under the front seat.

If boot carriers are not your thing, you can still pack your boots with you. Taking boots inside regular luggage can be tricky because you need to make sure they’re not smashed or they might never recover their shape. A great way to prevent this is to simply pack all your socks and under garments inside your boots. This will guarantee they keep their shape and it will save you some space in your bag. We always suggest you fill your boots up even if in a boot carrier, to prevent them from losing their shape.

Packing hats:

19129Hats are probably the trickiest to travel with. Many people limit themselves to travel only with the hat they’re wearing, but that completely narrows down your options, especially if you’re traveling from a warm climate to a cold climate and viceversa. The best way to pack hats is in a hat carrier. Sure, they’re a little bulky and it might be another piece of luggage to check in, but at least it will ensure your hats will arrive in pristine condition. These are available in single, as well as double capacity, which we prefer because this is one of those situations in which more is more.

Whether you pick some or all of our tips, we hope they help you pack and enjoy your travel, wherever that may be.

Taking Care of Your Jeans

We’ve talked before about how to pick the best jeans for you and what the different fits all mean. Regardless of style or fit, all denim should be treated and cared for properly in order to ensure your jeans last for as long as possible.

No other garment is as widely accepted and loved all around the world as jeans are; They’re so versatile, comfortable (if you have the right fit for you), and easy to wear. So easy to wear, in fact, that we don’t give them a second thought when we put them in the wash, yet we hem and haw when they suddenly fit us  or look differently without realizing it’s really all our fault. The biggest misconception in clothing care is that jeans are to be treated just like any other garment.

Jeans needing special care does not mean it has to be complex or time consuming though, it just means different. We love our jeans and all the comfort and practicality they provide us, so below are the best 3 tips to keep your denim looking nice for as long as ours:

    • Lock in that beautiful wash. To maintain that nice looking color they had when you first got them you can soak them in vinegar. Yes, you read that right; mix one cup of distilled white vinegar to a cold water bath and soak your jeans for about an hour and then lay them flat to dry. The vinegar smell will go away, we promise. This will lock in that color and keep your jeanslooking newer for longer.
    • Wash them in cold cycle. Always.  If you must absolutely use your washer make sure you wash them in a cold cycle and inside out. Washing them inside out will help in keeping the color of your jeans looking nice and new and using the cold cycle will make sure your jeans don’t shrink, which leads us to our next tip.
    • Don’t ever use the dryer. Very few people actually realize that denim continues to shrink up to as many as 10 washes. Yes, you read that right. Some people size up when buying denim with the anticipation that they will shrink in the dryer, but they don’t realize just how much denim can actually shrink, which probably leads to a lot of confusion about how they feel they’ve gained weight even though the scale says they have not.  For this reason it is always better to just lay them flat to dry or drip dry. We promise you will see a huge difference and will never go back to using the dryer for your jeans.

We all have those “going out” jeans that really barely get dirty since they’re for that date night or special occasion. These jeans are likely also your most expensive ones and for those we would recommend you just freeze them. Yes, freeze them. I know, we were skeptical too but this trick, which is also used by museums for very old garments that can’t stand to be washed, actually works! Freezing your jeans means all the bacteria is killed without you having to damage them with water.

Whichever tip you choose to employ, we just hope your jeans provide you with the same exciting feeling from when you first bought them.

Ready for some great news? Here we go!

After months of work and research we are excited to share some great news. Urban Western Wear is proud to announce the launch of Haul Style, our very own western clothing subscription service.

Through all of our years in business, our customer service has noticed through our live chats, phone calls, and e-mails received, that a lot of our customers want or need help deciding what to purchase or how to style their newly acquired outfits, and that is what Haul Style is here to do.

This new service is an easy way to get the clothes you need without the hassle of shopping for yourself.

  • Tell us what you would like to get (shirt, pants, accessories, or all of the above)
  • Take a quick style quiz telling us what you like and don’t like and how much on average you like to spend on clothing
  • Sit back and wait for your clothes to be delivered to your house

Having a personal stylist is no longer something that just celebrities do. Each member of Haul Style gets a personal stylist who will take the time to closely analyze your style quiz responses in order to find the clothes that best fit you. Your clothes are scheduled to be delivered to you monthly, but you can always change the setting to the amount of time that best works for you.

Once your box is delivered to you, try everything on and decide what you want to keep and send the rest back. When we hear from you about what you have decided to keep or return we’ll charge your credit card (never without your permission) for the cost of what you’re keeping. It’s really that easy.

Haul Style is not the first clothing subscription box, but it is the only one that specializes in western wear. We understand the western lifestyle; we know that a cowboy hat is not a costume and that boots need to be a lot more than just cool looking. We also know that not all cowboys are the same, so all our stylists build each box with a lot care. They are always there to help you with your shopping needs and you can send them an e-mail and request special outfits if you have a specific occasion coming up (weddings, vacation, parties in general).

If you’re not completely convinced to give this a try yet, let us give you the top 3 reasons you should sign up for it today:

1.- There are no contracts. You do not have to commit and you can always send everything back if you are not happy with your box.

2.- Always free shipping. We ship it to you and you ship it back and we’ll never charge you for it.

3.- Convenient and always made specifically for you. Having items picked out for you does not mean you get things that don’t match your style so that convenience doesn’t mean you have to give up style.

The 5 boot themes that prove Tin Haul has a boot for everyone

Everyone knows Tin Haul for their loud, creative designs that allow you to express yourself. Every inch of a Tin Haul of boot is meticulously designed to match that boot’s designated theme.  And it is precisely these themes that make Tin Haul the boots for everyone.

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For the Football Fanatic

Whether he lives for the Friday Night Lights, Football Sundays, or Monday Night Football, these Football Stadium Boots make his love for the game known at every step. The Obvious Soles on this pair show pretty cool football field, but it is actually the design in the front that attracts most of customers. Everyone loves the football lacing details and, in our humble opinions, it’s what makes this whole boot so awesome.

 

 

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We often get requests for the “Tin Haul Jesus Boot” and our favorite part is answering “which one?” After the insane popularity that the Between Two Thieves Boots had, Tin Haul has continued to make christian themed boots that are always very well received. The most recent styles are Ichthys Aroundus which displays Philipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” in the obvious sole. In true Tin Haul fashion, even the stitched cross design in the front is made out ichthys symbols.

16215For women, “I love Jesus” was designed in a beautiful blue tone and features john 4:19 “we love him because he first loved us” in the obvious sole.

 

 

 

 

 

16213For the Survivors, the Fighters, and Supporter

There is only one complaint we get regarding the Tin Haul Hope Boot and that is “but why don’t they make it for men too!?” Don’t worry, we always pass that feedback to the Tin Haul team in hopes they start making it one day. The Hope boot is Tin Haul’s effort to raise breast cancer awareness during October, as well as every other day in the year. The obvious sole eloquently reads “Hope for the Fighters, Peace for the Survivors” with an iconic pink ribbon in the background.

 

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For the Patriots

American Woman and Freedom boots are for those out there who love their country more than anything else. For the loud patriots who like to scream their love for the american flag at every opportunity, these boots are adorned with the stars and stripes alike. American Woman’s obvious sole reads “Shoot Like a Woman”
because the only thing better than a woman who loves the United States is a woman who loves the United States and can shoot well enough to prove it. 16228

Freedom, the men’s patriotic boot version, can also be sported in support of the troops since the sole design is a dog tag inscribed with the words “Freedom isn’t Free.”

 

 

 

16219For the 90’s Child

There’s nothing a 90’s child loves more than telling people they’re a 90’s child and Tin Haul is about to save you the words. No longer will you need to figure out how to stealthily drop what era you grew up in during conversation, all you need are the Multicolor Sunflower Boots. Not only are the toes of these awesome boots covered in sunflowers, the most iconic flower in the 90’s, but the obvious sole design is smiley faces. Enough said.

 

Great Ideas to Enhance Your Country and Western Themed Wedding

Most little girls grow up dreaming about the day of their perfect fairytale wedding. You may have had every little detail of that dream wedding planned out before you even hit middle school, but the likes and dislikes of everyone change as they grow up. Today, you are just as likely to see brides and grooms dressed up as super heroes for their big day rather than in the traditional white dress and tuxedo. Themed weddings are all the rage, and one with a country and western theme is among the most popular. If this type of wedding is on your wish list, then here are a few ideas that can help you make it just perfect.

Add Some Country Flavor to Your Big Day

• Skip the Chairs: Forget about renting those expensive chairs, and consider using square bales of hay or straw for seating the guests at your outdoor wedding. Be sure to only use fresh bales that have been kept dry and are free of mice, snakes and other creepy crawlies. Your guests will love it, and you can still use decorations at the end of each aisle for a fancy touch.

• Switch Up the Altar: A nice, old-fashioned horse hitching post is a great spot to say your vows. Make sure it’s polished to the perfect shine, and the bride and groom can stand before it while the ceremony is performed. It’s also a perfect spot for wedding photos.

• Ditch Those High Heels: Every bride should have the perfect wedding dress, but you don’t necessarily have to wear high-heeled shoes to complete the ensemble. Instead, go shopping for the fanciest cowgirl boots. You may find the perfect ones to go with your dress, or you can always decorate those boots for a better match.

• Special Cake Toppers: Skip the traditional figurines of the bride and groom on top of your wedding cake, and go with something to fit your theme. You’ll be surprised what is available, and you can easily find figurines that depict the groom using a lasso to catch his bride and other fun country and western ideas.

• Replace the Veil With a Hat: Believe it or not, the perfect cowgirl hat is out there. Fix it up to match your boots and dress, and you will be the perfect country and western bride.

• Choose a Special Location: Not everyone gets married inside of a church, and you can select the perfect spot for your country and western wedding. A very popular choice would be a rustic barn surrounded by acres of lush crops. Others choose a large field next to a clear-running stream.

• No Limos Here: A beautifully-decorated wagon and a couple of gorgeous white horses may deliver you and your wedding party to the designated area. Even the harness for the horses may be festooned with colorful ribbons to honor the festive occasion.

Start Planning Today

You can never get too early of a start on your wedding plans. If you’re doing all of the hard work yourself, then get busy with these tips today. Those using a wedding planner should find one that has some past experience with this type of a themed wedding, so that you can be assured of getting exactly what you want on your special day.

Not All Jeans Fit the Same: How to choose the best pair of jeans for your body type

 

When choosing the perfect pair of jeans, we at Urban Western Wear recommend that you think more than your waist size and inseam. There are many different styles that you might consider to make sure your jeans are both comfortable and look great!

Waist Styles
When buying jeans, you’ll need to know your waist size, but beyond that, consider what kind of waist style, or ‘rise’, will be most comfortable and flattering to your figure.

The rise refers to where the waistband of your jeans fits on your torso, and is the measurement from the middle of the seam that goes between your legs to the top of the waistband. Low rise jeans generally fit best when worn at the hip, and some people call these ‘hip huggers’. Medium rise jeans, also referred to as mid-rise or natural rise, fit at your natural waist. High rise jeans are worn higher on the waist, above the belly button.

A medium or ‘natural’ rise is the most flattering style for most body types. For natural rise jeans, the waistband should sit an inch or two below the belly button. A higher waistband is referred to as high rise, and these are great for tall men and women, and for people who wish to avoid unsightly ‘muffin tops’. However, in some cases they can make you look frumpy and old fashioned, particularly if you have a shorter torso. Finally, low rise jeans work well for people with lean figures and slim hips.

Leg styles
There are two different pants leg styles you will commonly find in jeans: straight leg and bootcut. Straight leg jeans have the same leg width from the knee to ankle, while bootcut have a flare midway between the knee and ankle. As the name suggests, bootcut jeans are great if you’ll be wearing cowboy boots under your jeans, as the slight flare allows a little more room for the top of the boot. They can also help accentuate a woman’s natural curves.

Some brands may also feature skinny jeans, with legs that are cut much narrower than straight cut, often from the thigh all the way down to the ankle. These styles are made to fit close to the skin and look best on slimmer individuals.

Jeans cuts

With many brands of jeans you can choose between a classic (also known as ‘average’) fit, a relaxed fit or a slim fit. Relaxed fit styles are a more generous cut, and have extra room in the thigh area and seat, while slim fit are made to fit snugly. Classic jeans follow your body’s curves more than relaxed styles, but are not too tight. When choosing these cuts, it’s worth considering how your jeans will look and how comfortable they will be to wear. For working and active wear, the classic or relaxed fit will be more appropriate, while slim fit will be perfect for going out for a night on the town.

Brands

At Urban Western Wear, we carry several different brands of jeans. One brand we really like is the Cinch brand, which offers modern styling with a western edge. Cinch Carpenter jeans offer a low rise and relaxed fit, while the Fastback gives you a relaxed straight-leg style with a hot distressed denim look. And keep an eye out for the Grant and Ian styles of Cinch jeans, which we know will be a big hit. We also offer jeans from T. K. Axel, a company that has been around since 1865 and brings a vintage look to their products. The durable yet cutting-edge styles of Ariat jeans are also worth a look, particularly the Deadrun slim straight-leg jeans from Ariat.

3 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself Before Buying Ariat Boots for Men or Other Cowboy Boots

ariat boots for menWestern wear has been popular since it was worn in the early 19th century on the frontier as people battled the elements moving westward. But where denim, flannel, and cowboy boots were once a necessity on rough terrain, today they tend to be more of a fashion statement than anything else. Whether it’s fashion or function, buying a good pair of cowboy boots should involve some background knowledge.

If you’re considering making a purchase to get an authentic cowboy or cowgirl look, make sure you do your research first. Here are the three questions you should be asking yourself before buying cowboy boots.

Does brand name matter when buying cowboy boots?
Brand matters, but not necessarily in the way you might think! For instance, Ariat boots for men and women are just one of the many brand options. Brand names like Ariat boots for men may come in a number of neutral tones and include western style work boots; for women, these western style boots can include a number of styles, heel heights, and other details. While Ariat boots for men and women might be one of the options available, there are other brands, too, including Cinch, Tin Haul, and Tony Lama boots, which will all have their own unique look. But don’t get so hung up on brand name. Yes, it may matter in terms of authenticity, but there are other factors to consider when buying cowboy boots.

What’s important when buying cowboy boots?
One of the best ways to gauge quality is to look at the materials being used to make the boots. Cowboy boots, especially, need to use genuine leather, or else they risk wearing out fast when made from cheaper materials. A finished leather will give boots a shiny appearance; unfinished leather has a matte quality to it and is good for a more rustic look. However, caring for your boots is just as important, if not more so, in making them last. Make sure to remove dust and dirt after each wear, and polish the boots if necessary, to keep the leather in good condition. Leather lotions and other treatments can also help to reduce cracking and wear on boots.

Is it worth it to buy discount cowboy boots?
The nice thing about western wear is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. While some brands can cost a small fortune for a basic outfit, other names in western fashion offer the same styles for less. Some retailers will even offer discounts on designer brands that would cost far more elsewhere. In other words, yes, it can be worth it to buy cowboy boots at a discount, but only if you know what you’re getting.

Need to know more about finding the right pair of western style boots? Leave us a comment.