Bonus Update! So Sunday the 12th marks the second anniversary of Sartorially Smart Heroines. In response I’ve decided to try to do a pair of updates this weekend, the first is the charming Redhead, heroine of the comic The Few and Cursed by Fabiano Neves and Felipe Cagno. The comic takes place in a post-apocalyptic Western/Steampunk setting where 90% of the world’s water has disappeared. (A cause or a result of Global Warming, I wonder?)
To be honest, I kind of wish I could find more smartly-dressed cowgirl heroines for my blog. I kind of like discussing Western attire, but too many comic/movie/game makers seem to think tank tops and jean shorts make for reasonable desert travel outfits. (I think it’s easier finding smartly dressed pirate queens, elf sorceresses, or viking shieldmaidens, sadly enough.) If anyone has recommendations, feel free to let me know in the comments!
In perhaps a tip of the hat to Clint Eastwood’s nameless character being called “Blondie” in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the leading heroine in Cursed simply goes by “Redhead.” I found our heroine’s long coat and layered outfit to be a refreshing contrast to the tank-tops and short pants so often considered appropriate Western travel attire. In our age of automobiles and RVs, modern audiences seem to have difficulty grasping that outdoor travel has traditionally required protective hats and multiple layers of clothing—especially desert travel under a blistering sun. (Do people not realize how steeply the incidence of sunstroke would go down if people would just frigging wear hats outdoors? Even a cheap baseball cap is better than going bareheaded.)
Without question, the most important part of Red’s ensemble is her wide-brimmed cowboy hat. As well as being stylish and thematically appropriate, it keeps her pretty head safe from rain and wind and weather, the blazing sun, and swirling dust. Additionally, she can use it to fan herself in the heat, hold water while drinking, or to cover her eyes while sleeping. It’s just an all-around practical piece of head wear.
Her crimson scarf is similarly useful for covering her face when the air is dusty or for warmth during the winter. Our girl Red’s long leather duster is designed to shed rain, but is also extremely useful for blocking the sun, shielding from the wind, or retaining heat during winter; plus it can be wrapped around her like a blanket or stretched over a couple of poles for a makeshift tent or lean-to. Red’s leather vest may well be durable enough to deflect a knife attack and, combined with the duster, might even partially absorb or deflect a low-caliber bullet. Underneath she wears a durable cotton or wool shirt for all weather conditions.
I like that Redhead wears a decent pair of durable leather gloves for rope-, knife-, or pistol-handling—or for punching the daylights out of some cowpoke who’s making unwelcome advances. Her heavy denim jeans are excellent for riding and travel, and I appreciate that they’re not so tight as to hinder her movement in any way. Lastly, she wears heavy leather boots designed for riding, but durable for whatever adventures her travels take her on.
I’m no firearms expert, but I suspect our heroine’s pistol is a military-issue Colt revolver—a high-impact firearm for a quick-draw or close-quarters shootout. Her sidearms look to be a pair of bowie knives. Additionally, it’s likely our girl Red carries additional knives or a Derringer or other small, holdout pistol tucked up her sleeves, beneath her vest, or in her boots. I like a girl who’s prepared for any occasion.
Huge thanks to Fabiano for letting me borrow the lovely Redhead for the blog. Feel free to check out his other art on Facebook as well. Thanks, as always, for reading folks! Take care and stay awesome!