Even with the dress code here at work, they have accepted that I will only wear jeans, although I wear black Rockies, which are the equivalent of dress slacks in TX. I do wear nice western or dress shirts and of course, my favorite Durango wing-tip boots. I spend alot of my time in the back room researching archives (mostly stacked on shelves in boxes) and I refuse to buy dress pants just to have them snagged or otherwise ruined.
If it doesn't say Wrangler on it I don't wear it, other than the one pair of Carhartt's I have while my Wranglers ( 10 pair ) are getting starched at the cleaners.
You haven't seen beauty until you've seen the right cowgirl in a pair of Cruel Girl or Rockies ( old style not that new relaxed sh_t ). Mmm... Mmm... good.
Correct me if I misunderstood (and I sure hope I did), but are you saying that you and your husband wore matching western outfits when you attended his mother's funeral?
People wear jeans to funerals in Texas? That's pretty shocking. I would have expected Texans, and Southerners in general, to dress appropriately in such situations.
Uh no, let's nip this myth in the bud. Jeans at a wedding or funeral is NOT generally accepted here in Texas.
To each his own, and if your relative's were comfortable with that at their functions, good for them. But most Texans(like anywhere else) consider it tacky and bad taste to show up in jeans at formal functions. We're friendly enough to still be nice, and prefer that people attend even if they don't own suites, but we aren't hillbillies, either. Except for the occassional goof that takes a perverse pride in showing how 'down to earth and 'real' Texan' they are, walking around in extra big hats and odd boots. And we all laugh at them as eccentric showboaters.