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Jan 7, 2012

Dusters: Originally Texan!

Let's "dust" off a theory......

Happy weekend, everyone! I for one am so glad it is here…the first week back with students, for a new semester, is always crazy!

Duster:  Old Thrift Item
Simply Vera T: Kohls
Lee Jeans:  Kohls
Ballet Flats:  Target

On casual Friday, I pulled out a black duster that I haven’t worn in a while and it got me to thinking about the name for the garment. Lo and behold, it originates with the Texas Cowboy! Yee Haw!

Cowboys rode the range in long, leather coats to protect them from dust and a variety of other things…thus the name, duster! Perhaps this is one of the first garments ladies borrowed from menswear! Men and women wore dusters in the 20th Century to protect their clothes as they rode with the tops down in motorcars. Nevertheless, I have always liked the look! For me, a great duster is not too voluminous or else it will add on the pounds! I like this one, because the knit fits well, and is not too flowy! I chose this longer necklace to elongate the body…this was a recent consignment shop purchase!

Necklace: Serendipty Clothes SA Consignment
Bracelets: Kohls

Currently, we are experiencing warm weather in South Texas….I don’t know how those cowboys wore so much clothing in the heat we have….they must really have enjoyed the work!

On to some fun news…I received my invitation to see the spring collection for the W Line! I will be reviewing it for you in the next couple of weeks! Can’t wait! Hope you get some rest or do some fun after Christmas shopping this weekend!!


  1. Gorgeous duster and accessories.
    We also have fabulous weather here.
    Enjoy your semester and Reviewing, dear Pam.

  2. The duster is a great length with your jeans and ballet flats. And I love the interesting jewelry!

  3. Great look, Pam - and I always love a bit of fashion history!

  4. I love the dusters and they are so in right now! Your ballet flats are darling as well Pam!

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  5. I've always associated the duster with horseback riding - the split up the back would be a necessity for it to drape over the rider's legs. Makes sense though to have the same type of coat for open-car driving. I wish I'd had one back when we used to go 4-wheeling in the hills in a jeep.
    I think the long shirt, cardigan, or jacket style is very flattering to most body types. Your knit version looks great.

  6. The whole outfit looks so comfortable yet chic!!

    I love the duster!!

  7. Pam, you look so youthful today with the duster, jeans and those cute beads! Love the little history lesson and conngrats on the review!

  8. I had not known this about dusters. I recently gave the only one I own to middle daughter, though the one time I wore it to school, I received many compliments on the look. I had to laugh at the duster in hand!

  9. I love the duster! Good luck with back to school!

  10. Pam, I love dusters! They do exactly as you say, give length to the body and can be so elegant and dramatic. I think of the fellows in Tombstone standing outside of the stagecoach!!! You look lovely as ever in yours! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. You came to mind when I was writing the post and would love to share some of your feminine tips and womanly musings. Hugs to you girly! Oh, by the way, looks like Paula and I are going to be able to meet in person!!! Wish you would be around this way too! How fun would that be? ~Serene

  11. Very ineresting story Pam
    I didn't know the story of dusters,i have seen them of course
    Neat that you received an invitation for a fahion show can't wait to read about it

    Ariane xxxxx

  12. Until recently I wasn't sure what a duster was (I confused them with cardigans, I believe). Now I think I may need one. :) You look great!

  13. Such a relaxed, yet put together look...loving the accessories!! Can't wait for your review on the W collection.


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