Ya’ll know how I feel about Stetson − I love this brand for their long history of quality and style. But every Chicken needs to branch out from the comfortable coop once in a while. So when I feel like shaking my feathers a little more than usual, I step out in Cinch Jeans. Maybe one of their shirts too if I’m feeling really frisky.
But don’t get me wrong. Even when I do branch out, I still carefully research each and every piece of clothing that I put on before allowing its material on my chicken legs. So you can trust me when I say I like certain western gear. But just in case you need me to back up my opinion, here’s a little information about Cinch.
Cinch Jeans was founded in 1996, which is a lot later than Stetson (founded in 1865), but the brand caught on almost immediately. More importantly, Cinch caught on with the right people: professional rodeo and bull riding athletes who needed quality fit and style for their sport. It’s true − Cinch clothing is worn by professional equine athletes like Robbie Boyce and Clint Allen, and professional bull riders like J.W. Harris and Ross Coleman.
But you don’t have to be a professional cowboy to enjoy Cinch Jeans − their clothes are great for weekend cowboys, too. In fact, soon after the brand was embraced by the pros, Cinch rolled out a line of casual western wear for the rest of us.
I’m getting ahead of myself! Let’s back up to 1996 again: the very first style of Cinch jeans was the Green Label, which has a medium rise and a fitted waist and hip. It’s still around today and very popular with urban and country cowboys alike.
|Cinch Green Label Jeans|
The Green Label is considered a “basic” (but very high quality!) jean, but Cinch also makes western fashion denim, like the Brayden style with flap pockets. These jeans are stylish, but still relaxed, which means a cowboy can wear them to a dude ranch or out to the dancehall.
You’re probably thinking, “Hey Chicken, jeans are nice and all, but I have lots of those and have no idea what to wear on top!” Don’t worry, Cinch makes great western shirts too – and their wide variety means that there’s sure to be something that catches your fancy. They make short-sleeve paisley shirts and western fashion t-shirts, but they also have good ‘ol western button-down shirts for classic chickens like myself.
|Cinch long-sleeve brown plaid|
So, the bottom line is, Cinch offers a little something for everybody, from hard-riding rodeo cowboys to regular guys who just want a great (and stylish!) pair of jeans. In fact, there’s only one thing missing from the Cinch line: cowboy boots. But if you remember from my Stetson blog post, Stetson didn’t start making boots until 140 years after they were founded! Hopefully Cinch will be a little faster in their boot production − I can’t wait to add Cinch boots to my collection.