What are Gaucho Clothes?
Gaucho Clothes is the term used to
refer to the traditional clothing used by the gauchos who live in
Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. The gauchos are the cowboys of these
South American countries.
These clothing items are today worn
not only by the gauchos but by anybody who lives in the countryside
and even in the cities.
Although we find distinctive
regional features, the main elements are:
The alpargatas, which is a rope sole
and canvas shoe. The alpargatas, in English known as espadrilles,
were originally made with black canvas but are now produced with a
wide range of colours and patterns; some are made with a rubber
The bombachas de campo, very strong
pure cotton trousers. The best ever made horse riding
trousers/pants. The bombachas de campo are made in different
colours, styles and designs. The most popular colours are still the
traditional: beige, black, white, dark blue and dark green. These
trousers are immediately identifiable because of the button they
have at the ankle which is used to narrow them.
The very fashionable gaucho pants
similar to the capri pants are different because of this reason,
they do not go down to the ankle and because they are worn mainly by
women which is not the case of the bombacha de campo which is
Another item used by the gauchos is
the poncho, used in winter to protect from the cold winters in the
Then we have the gaucho hats which
have regional differences in shape and style. Gauchos also wear
boinas (berets) in their everyday activities.
Gaucho clothes is now a fashion
because of its association with the polo and horse environment. Polo
players and fans have always been keen users of gaucho clothes.