Buckles and cowboys
Before the 1920s, cowboys didn’t actually wear belt buckles. Many cowboys didn’t even wear belts and today, some still don’t. Most cowboys by the late 1800s actually wore suspenders. Suspenders did the simple job of keeping the pants up just fine, and were very functional for the work of a ranch lifestyle – riding, roping, saddling, tending to and caring for animals, building, and any other tasks of ranch management. In fact, the entire attire of the cowboy in the 1800s was essentially functional, with many cowboys wearing second-hand clothing to work in, since at the time clothing was not mass-produced but custom and tailor-made.