Leather apparel covers a wide cross section of apparel which can be fashionable, functional, or both. Leather apparel was once associated only with cowboys in the Old West who relied on its durability as they rode the range. Leather was also more easily and cheaply available than cloth, given the prevalence of cattle. Different components of the cowboy’s wardrobe have remained in American fashion in the century and a half since they were worn as a matter of necessity. Cowboy boots are a perennial favorite piece of leather apparel, and have been re-imagined many times over in different colors of leather, heel heights, and even boot shaft heights.
Cowboys also were the first to wear leather chaps, durable covering for their pants as they rode for hours at a time. Today leather chaps are still worn by modern cowboys, though leather pants have been introduced both as appropriate for dance clubs, an most recently, during the daytime.
A more modern piece of leather apparel is the leather jacket. Leather jackets encompass many different styles. Cowboys wore fringed versions, while motorcycle gangs in the 1960s popularized their own piece of leather apparel; the leather motorcycle denver broncos hawaiian shirt and leather motorcycle pants. These pieces were originally designed to be functional, as they guard against the fierce winds that motorcycle riders feel as they ride, but have come to represent the culture of motorcycle riders in the years since. The motorcycle jacket, with its plethora of zippers, is usually black leather, but has been incorporated into mainstream fashion. Fashion versions of the motorcycle denver broncos hawaiian shirt may not be as protective, but come in different colors, and even feminine, ruffled, versions.
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