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Pearl-Snap Shirts

A Texas twist on the button-up, the pearl-snap shirt has been a wardrobe staple among the cowboy (and cowgirl) set since the fifties. Stitched yokes and flap pockets give it Western flair, while snaps, in lieu of buttons, allow it to be easily ripped off when tangled on barbed wire—or when aiming for dramatic effect. The mix of handcrafted duds and everyday workhorses below offers something for all budgets.

By December 2012Comments

Photographs by Chris Plavidal

Tyler’s Clay Cavender named his wide-ranging line of men’s snap shirts (pictured above) after the ProRodeo Hall of Famer Larry Mahan. From $38; cavenders.com 


Nicole Musselman designed these limited-edition women’s silk shirts in her Oak Cliff studio for the holidays. The name of this collection, KOCH, is a nod to her mother’s family. $295; pennylaneonline.com 


Houston’s Hamilton, now run by fourth-generation siblings Kelly and David Hamilton, has hand-cut its bespoke men’s shirts out of its Houston workshop since 1883. $365 for a custom order; hamiltonshirts.com 


Dallas-based Stubbs makes private-label pearl-snap men’s and women’s shirts, some with sawtooth pockets, for Pinto Ranch Western Wear. $99.50; pintoranch.com

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