The History of Cowboys and their Belt Buckles

Before getting in your car—or mounting your horse for that matter—to buy that new Western-style belt buckle you heard about, why not indulge in some interesting background story of how your favorite buckles came about in the cowboy world?

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This is your one-stop blog to finding out all there is to know about your favorite Western buckles and how they arrived on the scene!

Before belt buckles became a cultural phenomenon, suspenders were the item of choice for cowboys. Back in the 1800s, suspenders amalgamated the properties of durableness, sturdiness and functionality in just one item. This came in handy as cowboys needed to tend to their ranches and animals as well as work under the sun all day. However, if there’s anything suspenders lacked, it was the chic look one may want.

The mass production age hadn’t really hit until after the Civil War era (1861-1865).

Hence, buckles were not in as much demand as they are now. In fact, belt buckles, especially the Western-style ones didn’t come into play until in the 1920s! What was used instead were friction belt buckles. These sturdy items were made of brass and after being mass produced became widespread in the cowboy universe.

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By the 1950s, Western-themed cowboy belt buckles had taken the world by storm. Iconic Hollywood movies featured the West and promoted the cowboy image as rugged, intense and hard to impress.

In fact, Hollywood left no stone unturned in getting the audience raving about the casual yet uber cool demeanor of your typical cowboy. So much so, actual cowboys; previously occupied with functionality, started mirroring the themes in these movies.

Do you want to pay homage to these classic cowboy figures? We’ve got your covered! Our collection of replicas immortalizes icons who strode onto the Hollywood scene looking as cool as John Wayne in True Grit.

Today, Western belt buckles come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular ones, however, remain large chunky buckles with embellishments and engravings. Classic belt buckles are all the rage these days as the personality of a true cowboy can never be standardized. In addition, trophy belt buckles let individual achievements be forever cherished.

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4 Common Mistakes Men Make When Wearing a Belt

Riding out into the Wild Wild West, you can never do without a reliable pair of denim jeans and a statement belt. That said, an astonishingly large number of men make basic yet critical mistakes that break their look.

How a man chooses to wear his belt speaks volumes about his taste and fashion sense! Here’s how you can avoid making those embarrassing fashion faux-pas when it comes to wearing a belt!

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1. Boring Buckles

A good pair of rugged denim jeans is an absolute must-have in your inventory. What’s better than to style that with the perfect buckle? A buckle that tells a story is unique and impressive. Sturdy trophy belt buckles can easily be custom made.

Huge buckles definitely make a bold statement; in fact, the bigger the better!  If there are none that catch your eye at a retail store, why not try fully custom buckles instead? We provide several pocket-friendly designer buckles that’ll make heads turn.

2. Selecting the Wrong Width

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It’s no secret that picking out the perfect belt from your drawer of belts can be a daunting task.

While there are different occasions you may be heading to, remembering these two golden rules will make your life so much easier!

  • A wide belt (1-1/2″ or 3.9 cm) is more suited for informal orcasual occasions such as your casual Friday office day.
  • A narrow belt (1-1/4″ or 3.4 cm) is made for formal or dressy business days. These give you the chic look to make a good impression.

3. Mismatching Belt Type and Trouser Style

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Choose wide leather belts to go with casual denim or cargo pants.

Grey or Khaki flannel trousers or dress pants are a staple in the fashion world for men. These trousers are best paired with narrow solid colored belts such as black, dark brown or navy blue.

4. Uncomplimentary Belt and Boot Colors

While it is true that variety adds spice to life, this should not be taken too seriously when it comes to pairing your belt with your cowboy boots.

Whether you’re going dancing or to the rodeo, the belt and boot colors must be coordinated to achieve that perfect western look. A few must-haves are black, brown and navy-blue color options.

If you’re out to buy premium quality western-style buckles, Gold Mountain Trading is your best bet! We provide heirloom-worthy customized designer buckles complete with your choice of engraving, material, about 500 figure options and much more.

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Custom-Designing Belt Buckles – What You Need to Know

Pearl-snap plaid shirts, straight-fit jeans, and leather hats may all be trending, but custom designed belts are never going out of style.

Custom belt buckles are always going to be there—you can wear them for life and then pass them down to the next generation, making it more valuable for whoever dons it next.

But let’s face it; a large PBR belt buckle in Alpine may not be the best option for a Dallas accountant. But keeping the trophy buckle design in mind, there are plenty of things you can do to create an all-day custom designed buckle.

Here are a few things you should know:

The Type

The ‘trophy’ part refers to buckle features that say ‘Texas’, which is often the preference of cowboys or those looking to rock one for an event.

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But if you’re an ordinary person who wants a belt buckle designed with similar features, you can go for a horseshoe or even a Ranger style buckle. Such buckles come in 3 to 4 pieces with two loops that keep the buckle together.

The Design

Before you place the order, you need to choose from a range of metals—gold, sterling silver, bronze or steel.

Next, you need to choose the design and any embellishments which could range from jewels and plenty of other insets. But considering the fact that a silversmith may have to spend more than 150 hours on one belt buckle, be patient.

More importantly, be prepared for a practically priced bill since the man hours put in along with cost of materials can be costly.

The Style

So it all boils down to the style—whether you like the product you end up with, or not.

What will you wear along with the custom belt buckle? There’s a rule to this—the smaller the buckle, the dressier you should be.designer belt buckle

You can also ask the silversmith to screw the buckle onto the belt for easy transferability when the belt wears out. However, most custom trophy belt buckles have a snap on clip.

Also, to make the belt buckle last long, treat it like your favorite tea set. Give it a buff once every month and it will stay the same for years!

At Gold Mountain Trading, we let clients create some of the most delicate, handcrafted, custom belt buckles. Get in touch with us today and learn more about how we can help you create your favorite all day trophy belt buckle.

3 Timeless Accessories Every Man Should Have in His Wardrobe

While every man agrees that accessories add flavor to clothing, even the best of accessories cannot do much for a poor foundation.

Before we get down to it—discussing the accessories you can’t and shouldn’t do without, stick these basic rules for accessories to your heart:

  • Even the most spirited accessories wouldn’t be able to do much for you if you don’t pair them right.
  • Going for quality is the first priority but value—historical, religious or in any other form—makes any accessory special.
  • Use every accessory you purchase and use it often.
  • Function and style, both come first. Neither of these should come in second.

A Leather Hat

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It takes courage to wear a hat. In fact, anything you know would set you apart from the rest does take some extent of courage to don.

Think about the upsides. A hat can protect your chrome dome from UV rays, keep the rain off from your head, and of course, keep those bad hair days from making you feel conscious—all this while making you come off macho!

Consider leather hats a must-have accessory in your wardrobe.

Leather Moccasins

Let’s agree on this, most of us men like to refer to moccasins as the slip-ons made from one piece of leather. But that’s not all there’s to them.

With men raving about business casual and many pulling off styles and pairings we might’ve never thought of before, moccasins are in for the long run!

Pair them with anything you look, a skinny pair of jeans, a pair of slim-fit dress pants and even your favorite pair of beach shorts! The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes them a must have on this list.

A Brown Leather Belt and A Range Of Belt Buckles

Black leather belts—all of us have them and all of us would agree that at belt bucklessome point in time, they’ve made us come off as boring. Add in a brown leather belt to your wardrobe; also, a range of fully custom belt buckles.

Why the large, handcrafted custom buckles? We’re talking about making you an alpha male in your group and to make that possible, you need to go big when it comes to buckles. Montana Silversmith belt buckles are the best when it comes to making a statement.

When it comes to accessorizing your outfit, never compromise on quality. Don’t forget that accessories are supposed to differentiate you from the rest of the men.

From custom belt buckles to leather hats, everything is available at Gold Mountain Trading. Give us a call at 800-474-9111 to learn more about placing orders, shipping or your favorite products!

Western-Style Gifts for Your Classic Western Man

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Being a fan of those rustic western movies, your man would obviously have a style of his own, one that’s more in tune with the rugged attitude and fashion of those gun-slinging heroes who’d save the village in the end— and look good while doing it!

With such a man by your side, it only stands to reason that they receive the best gifts for their special day that would appeal to the western enthusiast in them!

Gifts for the Classic Western Man

· Moccasins

Comfortable and stylish, moccasins can be either worn around the house, or with any stylish outfit when going out. Elegantly designed, these shoes are a great choice for men who need to be on their feet during the day.

· Custom Belt Buckle

Get your man a high quality belt buckle that’s custom-made to their preference. Check and see if they have a family symbol, or an insignia that’s a part of their life i.e. a college logo. Or do something different and celebrate a personal victory by having the buckle carved with a statement of their achievement. Whatever your choice may be, a custom belt buckle will not steer you wrong.

· Fringed Boots

Are you really a cowboy though, if you don’t have those classic fringed boots to go along with your jeans, plaid shirt and cowboy hat? Even if your man has a selection of boots, they could always use more. Fringed boots are available in a range of colors (and at affordable prices) at Gold Mountain Trading so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

· Western Hats

Even if your man has everything related to the western style in their wardrobe, they’d still be grateful if you gift them a classy cowboy hat. Available in felt, straw and leather, you’ll be able to choose from a fine selection of western hats that would definitely go with any style.

· Jewelry

This is a great choice if your man likes to add a bit of bling to their style. However, if they don’t like something too out there, you could always go with a simple Humanity bracelet. Inscribed with the virtues that make our world a better place, this simple but beautiful bracelet in fine pewter is a meaningful, sweet gift that they’ll cherish for a long time.

Buy from Gold Mountain Trading

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Why go anywhere else when you can get all things Western in one place?

Gold Mountain Trading offers quality products for a fair price. Buy the best gifts for your beloved today and show them how much you love them!

Becoming John Wayne – How to Complete the Classic Cowboy Look

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Copying the look of the quintessential, All-American dreamboat that was John Wayne is not an easy task. With his cool macho look, swaying gait and energetic spirit, John Wayne could carry off any style he pleased, which is probably why so many people consider him as a style icon, even in the modern minimalist fashion era.

But there wasn’t much involved in making him look like the rugged cowboy he was to begin with. All you need is the right wardrobe, style and the confidence to pull off your own embodiment of the Duke!

Here’s what you need

A Classic Jacket

A rustic style jacket would do just the trick. You could try a tweed or corduroy jacket, since that is what the Duke usually wore. Easy to find, and available in a number of textures and styles, these jackets are super comfortable and would fall in your price range. Try to avoid the western-style coats that you might find in your general western clothing stores. They’re usually of poor quality and outdated in terms of style so there’s really no point in buying such a jacket.

Small-Print Shirt

In the olden days, people would usually wear full-sleeve shirts with tiny patterns, alongside solid colored shirts, so there are no worries about sticking with just one style. You can go with either style. But try to mix and match with the size of the patterns. If you’re going with a corduroy jacket that has a big pattern, pair it with a solid color shirt, or one with small pattern so it doesn’t clash.

Pants, Not Jeans

High-waisted pants are a great option, rather than jeans. With the newer styles, you’ll find many pants that are designed with the same cut as a good pair of jeans. However, if you’re not a fan, it’s okay to go with your old pair of denim. Just make sure that they’re plain and not distressed. Nothing like a pair of jeans with fake wear-and-tear to ruin the look!

Custom-Made Belt Buckle

This subtle form of fashion is an absolute must-have for any John Wayne fan. A pinnacle of subtle western style, the custom belt buckle can either be designed to have a family insignia engraved on it. Or you could go another way and wear a trophy buckle. Whichever you choose, make sure it doesn’t overpower the rest of your look.

The Classic Hat

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John Wayne would usually wear gray or silver western hats. After all, black hats were only worn by the bad guys. Silver or gray hats tend to look better on those with a ruddier complexion. If you have a paler complexion or yellow skin tone, you could do well with a black hat as well.

Cowboy Boots

Caramel-colored fringed boots to be exact. Moccasin boots tie the whole look together and are really comfortable to wear. Just be sure to buy the right size and a simpler design so it doesn’t clash with your overall attire.

Completing the Look

Last but not the least, if you truly want to be authentic to John Wayne’s style, buy the Replica John Wayne Pistol Frame Set. The details and quality of these pieces make them well-worth the price!

And there you have it! Follow the above details and you’ll surely be able to pull of the classic John Wayne look!

Dress Like a Real Western Cowboy in 5 Easy Steps

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Every American kid dreams of being a cowboy. As the quintessential role models for strong men who’d save the day and ride off into the sunset, these men were brave and awesome, not to mention stylish.

Since you’re dressing as a cowboy, it’s important that you do all you can to look just as stylish as well. After all, you’re going to be filling in some big shoes!

Here’s how you can pull off the perfect look:

Five Steps to Dressing like a Cowboy

1. Get the Ideal Cowboy Hat

You’ll have a lot of options when buying cowboy hats such as leather, straw and felt hats. Price wise, straw are less expensive than felt hats.

So if you’re going for a felt hat, always buy one from a reputable company. If you’d rather not spend so much on a felt hat, go with the classic straw or leather hat. Just make sure that you have the right fit.

You’ll have a chart available for size, but if you’re still confused about your size, simply contact the hat maker and ask them to explain how you should measure your noggin.

2. Classic-Style Boots are Important

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Fringed boots are quite popular if you’re looking for a good option.

Find boots that have a flat heel and a square or round toe, whichever one’s more comfortable. You can get tall riding heels but they may be less practical if you’re going to walk more than ride.

With boots as well, you’ll be spoilt for choice and won’t have to worry about your budget either. If you shop from Gold Mountain Trading, you’ll be able to buy comfortable, fashionable boots under $100.

3. Be Creative with Your Belts

Belts are an important accessory for any cowboy. Trophy buckles on their best are proof that they know their way in the arena, so you can’t just wear any buckle.

A great recommendation would be a simple buckle with a design, rather than intials.

However, if you want to be creative, go with a custom belt buckle and have your own personal design or brand on it. And be sure to use it on a leather belt for more authenticity.

4. Pair it all with the Right Jeans

Signature western jeans will work well. Go for slightly baggy, comfortable jeans instead of skin-tight jeans.

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Since you’re wearing them with your boots, wear a length that doesn’t make your jeans sag at the bottom. Instead, they should just stack a bit and cover the tops.

If you already have a pair of jeans but they don’t have that perfect look, go to the dry cleaners and get a heavy starch. That’ll do the trick!

5. Buy the Classic Cowboy Shirt

A simple classic button-down shirt with long-sleeves, that’s what you want. There are many western shirts out there but if you want to put some effort into your appearance, do some research on the different styles that the men used to wear.

Stay away from shirts with funky graphics and colors. Classic prints are your safest choice. And be sure to iron it. Nothing ruins the overall look more than a crinkled shirt.

Start Shopping!

Gold Mountain Trading has a special selection for you! Go ahead and check our collection of customized belt buckles, western hats and more and buy what you need!