Vintage photographs, old catalogs and museum specimens document this shirt's popularity in the Old West. Although they were never issued to the U.S. Cavalry, bib shirts were available at settlers stores and at military posts across the frontier. Like Cavalrymen, horsemen from all walks of life preferred these shirts because they provided superior protection. The bib protects the chest area against frontal winds, dust and the biting cold. These long sleeve shirts utilize the old-time four button placket pullover design and are made of 100% cotton twill. The stylish tapered bib makes the wearer appear larger in the chest and smaller in the waist.