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Old 07-24-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Seems to me you have just stereotyped yourself right out of fitting in to the "Montana lifestyle" (whatever that may be).
I came to Montana from the East in 1948. I just tried to be myself, and had very few problems.
But, to answer some of your questions, I wear (and have always worn) boots and jeans, with a leather belt and a medium sized buckle. Some of my shirts are "western cut", some are not. I drive a Subaru, a Jeep Rubicon, and I have a 1 ton dually for hauling hay for our horses. I have a motorhome and a boat.
The only suit I own doesn't fit any more, and I have no intention of replacing it.
I don't own a necktie. I do, however, own a few "bolo" ties.
I quit shaving when I retired.
Am I a "typical Montanan"? I doubt it, because I don't think there IS any such animal.
However, I do believe that if you don't like hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. you might want to stay in LA.
By the way, does that stand for Los Angeles or Lower Alabama?
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: western montana
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I have a closetful of silk ties I kept from the days I lived in Phoenix when I worked in the office,... that I never wear in Montana. Every once in a while I'll go in there and dust them off. I still keep a few blazers for special events. I'll shop for clothes that are more fitting to Montana twice a year. During back to school sales in September and after Christmas. Always at department stores or sporting good shops. But you can go to Wall Mart or Old Navy and shop for clothes and fit in well here in Montana. Sometimes I'll make the trip to the outlet stores outside Portland. In Missoula and Bozeman the young people wear those clothes you find at used clothing shops or 'era' clothing. Huh!,.... I suppose if I were 20 I'd probably try it too! I still like to wear jeans with holes at the knees. Montana people don't treat you any different when it comes to what you wear,...that's the beauty of living here. In the big city it's more status driven. I've always wondered what they wear in eastern Montana!!
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Montana clothes:
Layers... more in the winter and less in the summer.

I noticed that the clothing stores in Bozeman started selling fedoras after "A River Runs Through It" came out in the theaters. My dad was of the era of always wearing a fedora, suit and tie (he worked for the Great Northern Railway). I started seeing tourists that year of the movie wearing their new "Montana outfits". Guys were dressing like it was circa 1930. I actually enjoyed seeing the old 30's-40's style come back for a bit. It was funny, though, that people thought the movie would represent what people wear in Montana today.

Here is a painting I did of one of my uncles in Montana from the 1930's era.
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: State of General Disarray
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Perhaps your inquiry is sincere; however I still think that it is unwise at best to attempt to distill the people and personalities of a large and varied state into a simple stereotype based upon outward appearances.

The "Montana Lifestyle" is a myth invented by real estate agents.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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The "Montana Lifestyle" is a myth invented by real estate agents.
LOL!! Oh man, that pegs it dead on.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I actually enjoyed seeing the old 30's-40's style come back for a bit. It was funny, though, that people thought the movie would represent what people wear in Montana today.

Here is a painting I did of one of my uncles in Montana from the 1930's era.
Nice painting. Good mood piece.

The retro look is popular enough that there are now a number of specialty stores online, with everything to 1800-ize you from crown to toenails and all the accessories, and custom work available too. Done right it's a really great look. Some stores offer a variety of eras and styles, from Old West to Victorian. I'll have to post some links over on the Porch, neat stuff.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Yes, I found a lot of those web sites going up in the mid-1990's to cater to everything from Civil War reenactors to Renaissance Faires. There are also a lot of pattern sites for sewing just about anything vintage. There was a series, too, on PBS of Colonial house, 1900 house, Frontier House (filmed in Montana), and others.
Eras of Elegance - Television

It was interesting to see contemporary people try (not necessarily succeed) living in conditions of the past.
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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The "Montana Lifestyle" is a myth invented by real estate agents.
Good one!!
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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I am not sure I was interested in any type of lifestyle before coming here except please less traffic.
I love the fact I can do 75 and see noone for miles. The rig enjoys stretching out it's legs

Never was a girly girl, still wearing jeans
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Yes, I found a lot of those web sites going up in the mid-1990's to cater to everything from Civil War reenactors to Renaissance Faires. There are also a lot of pattern sites for sewing just about anything vintage. There was a series, too, on PBS of Colonial house, 1900 house, Frontier House (filmed in Montana), and others.
Eras of Elegance - Television

It was interesting to see contemporary people try (not necessarily succeed) living in conditions of the past.
"...living without computers, television, central heating or even electricity."

Been there, done that!!

Our ancestors did all that, and more, with less. I do think it's good to remember the old ways, tho, because in the event of a disaster, or merely getting stranded, it's realworld survival knowledge.

It would be interesting to see stats on what percentage of a given state's population still have those "no modern amenities" survival skills. I'd guess Montana would be in the top 5 or 6 states.
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