WIW - Poncho Style Inspired by Clint Eastwood

This morning when I saw Angie's blog entry about poncho style I did a double take.  Because yesterday I became officially (re)obsessed with ponchos.  "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" was on TV and while I only saw part of it, I was very taken by Clint's style in the trio of Sergio Leone movies.  There are some pictures in the latest entries of a Pinterest board of mine.

1/2.  I decided this was a very good, if a bit costume-y, outfit for my ranch lifestyle.  Shown with simple charcoal jeans and navy wrap worn poncho style.  The hat is from the 70s, it's actually even made in the USA, it belongs to my mother. 

3.  Tried with tall Newbury heels but I think the Western low heeled booties work better here.  And much more practical.

4/5/6/7.  Inspiration pictures.

Thanks for looking and commenting!  I'm now officially on the hunt for a woven poncho with minimal patterns, the ultimate bad boy booties, and a shearling vest -- maybe.

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  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Interesting quote from Wikipedia:
    "Eastwood was instrumental in creating the Man with No Name's distinctive visual style. He bought the black jeans from a sport shop on Hollywood Boulevard, the hat came from a Santa Monica wardrobe firm, and the trademark cigars came from a Beverly Hills store.[17] He also brought props from Rawhide including a Cobra-handled Colt, a gunbelt, and spurs.[18] The poncho was discovered in Spain.[19] It was Leone and costume designer Carlo Simi who decided on the Spanish poncho for the Man with No Name.[18] On the anniversary DVD for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, it was said that while Eastwood himself is a non-smoker, he felt that the foul taste of the cigar in his mouth put him in the right frame of mind for his character. Leone reportedly took to Eastwood's distinctive style quickly and commented that, "More than an actor, I needed a mask, and Eastwood, at that time, only had two expressions: with hat and no hat."[20]"

  • cciele replied 6 years ago

    This is such an awesome interpretation of the look! You know, it doesn't even look costume-y to me on the ranch. It just fits. Can't wait to see where you take this style exploration.

    ETA: Love the hat and that it's from your mom. What do you call that style of hat?

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Ooh, I love it, Denise. You look terrific. It looks like a cross between a poncho and a cape. Tres cool! I have a soft spot for Clint myself :) 

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Cathy I have no idea what it's called, I'm sure my Dad got it for my Mom, he was into all things Western, and he's no longer here to ask.  I almost wore a straw hat then decided to look into our coat closet and found this!  Without the hat it would not be the same.

    I was just about to do a long study of the costume designer for this film and then read that Clint basically created this look, save for the poncho!

    ETA -- If I were a designer I would look at these Sergio Leone movies so carefully for inspiration.  The Lee Van Cleef character has a great look too.  

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    This is really cool, and I think you totally own this look.  I can't wait to see more.

  • JAileen replied 6 years ago

    Very good job dressing like the man with no name!

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    This ... is ...so... cool.

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    So fab & as cc said not costume-y at all. I have such a soft spot for this look.
    I was travelling at the time this was released in Australia & had temp work as an usherette. So I've seen bits of the film more times than I can remember. 

  • Sarah A replied 6 years ago

    Fantastic! Between Angie's post and your and Kellygirl's rocking looks I am smitten with poncho love!

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    So awesome!

    You own this look, and the fact that it is practical just makes it that much more fab.

  • carambola replied 6 years ago

    So fun! It looks fantastic. Love your poses.

  • Missey replied 6 years ago

    Love it!  Clint Eastwood was the first picture that came to mind when I saw Angie's post too...you're interpretation is so killer!

  • MuseumGal replied 6 years ago

    Clint WISHES he looked as good in his poncho as you do in yours!

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    Haha; I noticed your pins pop up on my Pinterest and was very curious to see what you would come with - your poncho is 100% awesome.

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    OMG I love old Cint Eastwood films!!  I confess I even love "Paint your wagon" and "The Beguiled"  So great, Cocolion!!  Love, love, love the hat!!  Great look.  But then I have absolutely no problem with "costume-y"  Fabulous look, fabulous homage!!

  • sarah replied 6 years ago

    Love this.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Killer to the power of Killer

    What a way to start 2014. I am WOWED. Good grief. How *fun*. 

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    SO FUN!!!  Love it!!  The hat is just divine on you!

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    I LOVE this to pieces, Denise!
    You look so very cool!

    Now you've inspired me to get out my hats!
    I have a black stetson that I love but rarely wear, but I've also got a fedora that could be a more urban version of the look.

    You are so fabulous!

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Very cool, and perfect for your ranch lifestyle.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    You should be in pictures.
    Wait, you are in the pictures.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Wow! You totally completely OWN this look, Denise! It's fantastic on you. What's more, it suits your environment. 

    Fuchsia crash helmet, please!!! 

    That's pretty interesting about Eastwood, too. 

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    OOOOh, Ooooh pick me!!!  Hand waving in the air!!  Cocolion!!  Not Clint Eastwood, Cocolion now replacing Raquel Welch to star in the remake of Hannie Caulder!!  You have my vote!!

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Gryffin you are hilarious!  I would mop the set bathrooms as a job just to be near Robert Culp.

  • K. Period. replied 6 years ago

    Ha ha! (Or maybe that should be wa ah ah ah ah!) I was watching TG, TB & TU yesterday afternoon too! You look good, Bloooooondie!!! 

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Omg, you in your poncho and hat, on hands and knees scrubbing the BR floor with Robert Culp shouting at you,  too funny!!  wait - didn't we see that?  Yes, do you remember RW trying to shrink those oversized jeans in that big ball and claw tub?  Talk about your early fashionistas!!  Gosh, we definitely need video of that!!  Cocolion, I am seeing a career move here!!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Please excuse my language here but Denise this is one kick ass look! You blow my mind.

  • karymk replied 6 years ago

    OMG you are so funny! Love your look. Clint got nuttin' on you!

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    This is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!!

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Denise, you totally rock this and that hat, that hat! Beyond cool!
    Perfect ranch look for you.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    This is incredible! I am bowled over. And full of nostalgia for my spaghetti western period. 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Denise, this is just awesome!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    OMG! The poncho! The hat! The manspiration! Where is my crash helmet...

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  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Talk about environmental inspiration. This is Perfect. You look just right, Denise. I bow in worship.

  • carter replied 6 years ago

    LOVE this look! I have a very similar cape. Mine is black with blue trim and maybe not quite as long as yours. I'm going to dig it out this week. Beautiful black lab. We lost ours in August. She was 16 1/2. Miss her everyday! Did I see in a chocolate in one of your pics last week? We lost her about a year and a half ago to cancer. Miss my dogs!

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    You just MADE MY DAY. So cool.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Great outfit! You really rock the look. The hat makes it! Maybe you need some Frye harness boots, if you don't have them? (just a thought toward your shopping list)

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    Very very cool :)

  • rute replied 6 years ago

    OMG this is so much fun! So stylish! love the hat too 

  • DizzyLizzy replied 6 years ago

    What Annagybe said - you look totally cool in this outfit!

  • Isis replied 6 years ago

    Wow. I just love this. The outfit and the history!!!! I also love how your dog took the place of a horse; he must be into Clint Eastwood too!

  • Laura replied 6 years ago

    Spectacular!! Now, this is how you wear a poncho!

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    Now this is awesomeness without (as was discussed on another thread) trying too hard. You look great in this Denise. Never - until now - would I have looked to Clint for fashion inspiration. That first inspiration photo is really pretty incredible.

  • Ariadne replied 6 years ago

    Just saw this.  INCREDIBLE.  You are an inspiration!

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    This is a super look on you.  I am a big fan of ponchos and have added a couple to my wardrobe late last year.  I figure I should snatch them up before they phase out again.  They always seem to come back in style though.

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