You don’t need to be from Texas to pull off cowboy boots – you just need the attitude of a Texan, and a firm grasp of a few very simple rules:
Don’t wear them with skinny jeans
Boots need jeans with a little flare (not flair) at the end to look proportionate. Anything around an 11″ opening will suffice. Don’t wear them with heavily tapered or skinny jeans unless you want to cut off the circulation to your feet
Do not tuck your pants in
Totally unacceptable for any male over the age of 10. There’s a difference between playing cowboy and being cowboy.
Do not wear them with shorts
You are not a girl. You cannot pull this off.
There are few absolute truths in life, but here’s one: There’s never been an ugly pickup made in America.
A gentleman always chooses a cardigan over a hoodie.
Summer cocktails are like a seersucker jacket – the closer the average high temperature gets to 80+ degrees, the more appropriate they become. And while any gentleman worth his salt has his standbys, he should never hesitate to try something new every once in a while. Case in point, the Texas Gentleman’s top tipple of this past season: The Hemingway Daiquiri, an alleged favorite of Papa himself.
The recipe is simple, and the closer your juices get to fresh squeezed the better it tastes.
Texas Gentleman’s Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe
2 parts rum, preferably a dark one with noticeable molasses overtones
1/2 part Heering cherry liqueur
2 parts grapefruit juice
1 part lime juice
Mix over ice and serve up in a double highball glass (or mason jar, for less formal sessions on the back porch). Garnish with a sour cherry.
A gentleman always knows when to tuck his goddamn shirt in.
A gentleman should be able to play at least three songs on the guitar – preferably a Gibson SJ-200.