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Gaucho Clothes is the term used to refer to the traditional clothing used by the gauchos who mainly inhabit 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 everybody and because they have become fashionable, designers in Argentina have developed and improved the original designs so they have become very popular.
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 The alpargatas in English known as espadrilles were originally made with black canvas but are now produced with a wide range of colours and patterns; some have rubber sole as well.
The bombachas de campo, very strong pure cotton trousers made in different colours, styles and designs but 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 unisex.
Another element used by the gauchos which is also a very fashionable item is the poncho, used in winter to protect from the cold winters in the pampas.
Other items are belts, boinas and hats.
For more information visit www.gauchoclothes.com