There are a few physical things that make cowboys Hot. The top of the list for me is a nice bottom in a fine pair of faded jeans. Mmm. Mmmm. Mmmmmmmmmm. The right pair of Wranglers or Levis can turn a butt into a work of art. Now let that work of art be attached to a pair of long legs and whoooeeee! I’m a goner. And yep, I’m just that shallow.
In keeping with that we get to boots. There’s your typical pull-on, pointy-toed boots with a glint of metal on toe and heel that you come to expect, and there’s also “working” boots like lace up Ropers which I absolutely adore. My current heroine is also a horsewoman and she’s a Ropers girl all the way. And by the way, if you DO have your cowboy in boots, there are two hot benefits. Number one he’s instantly taller (I like tall men, have you guessed that yet?). Number two they need to be scuffed and dusty to be sexy. And shined up if he’s courtin’.
The third prerequisite is the hat. Let me say straight off that I don’t require the hat to be a Stetson, though that’s quite sexy too. It can also be a ball hat, with a peak that’s hand-shaped to the right angle. In Hired By The Cowboy, Connor tends to wear ball caps. But in Marriage at Circle M, Mike usually doesn’t go anywhere without his cowboy hat. And my current cowboy wears a dark Stetson that shades his nearly black eyes and adds that little bit of mystery. It all depends on the man.
Farmers…well they’re a little bit different but to me just as alluring…the ball cap is definitely more common, or sunglasses. The uniform is still jeans and t-shirts for the most part, but then you have the footwear thing that can range from sneakers to steel-toed work boots to rubbers (Wellies to some of you). The common thing is that little bit of dirt and sweat that tells you this is a man whose biggest tool is his physicality, and there’s a whole lotta sexy in that.
But what else makes a cowboy so tempting? LOTS of things. Cowboys…farmers…tend to know where they belong. They tend to know who they are and they are comfortable in their own skin. They have a relationship with their environment that grounds them. They have a code of honour – they want to do what’s right – and a need to protect their women. Cowboys are not complicated people, which is not to say they are without conflict or complication. But there is a solidness and security about them that we love.