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How to Wear a Cowboy Hat

How to Wear a Cowboy Hat

While cowboy hats are traditionally used to protect ranchers, cattlemen and the like from harsh sunlight and other elements (all without blowing off in the wind), they can also be used to make an eyecatching fashion statement. But there are so many different styles that you might not be sure how to pick a cowboy hat that looks great on you and enhances your wardrobe. That's where we can help.

Cowboy Hat Styles

The different styles of cowboy hats can be identified by the way the crown is creased and the brim is rolled shaped. You can choose these features purely based on style preference, but the creasing of the crown can also affect the ease with which you handle the hat when taking it on and off. The main cowboy hat styles are:

  • The Cattleman: What you most likely picture when you hear the term "cowboy hat." A traditional style with a crease in the center and two along the sides along with a slightly curled brim.
  • The Gus:​ Very similar to a cattleman, but with a higher crown that slopes forward.
  • The Brick:​ A squared-off cattleman. The crown has a flat rectangular top, and the brim has squared edges as well.
  • The Pinch Front:​ This style features either a sharp diamond or softer teardrop-shaped crown with two dimples on either side. The brim is slightly curled, similar to a cattleman.
  • The Tom Mix:​ Also known as the "Montana" and the "10-Gallon Hat," this style has the crown of a Gus, but taller for a more dramatic effect. The brim is slightly curled.
  • The Gambler:​ Also called a "Telescope," this style has a low, flat crown with a circular indent on top. It also has a wide, flat brim.
  • The Open Crown: Features the loosest crown fit with no dimples and a flat, round brim.
  • The Fedora: This style has a teardrop-shaped crown with indents on the top and sides and a slightly curled brim.

There are plenty of other cowboy hat styles to try out, but these are some of the most recognizable and beloved. Now on to the most important part: how to wear a cowboy hat!

How to Wear a Cowboy Hat Correctly

There are several different ways to wear a cowboy hat — it mostly depends on whether you're wearing it for business or pleasure. If you want to wear it like a rancher or cowboy would, the sweatband should be in contact with your forehead and sit comfortably right above your eyebrows and ears. Another fashionable way to wear this iconic look is to prop the hat back further — just keep in mind that it'll be more likely to blow off if the wind picks up or you're on horseback. The way you wear a cowboy hat is totally based on your preferences!

What to Wear with a Cowboy Hat

The cowboy hat is one of the most recognized items in fashion and, as such, you can pair it with almost any outfit to make a bold statement. Traditionally, ranchers and cowboys wear these hats with t-shirts and button-up shirts. Pairing them with blue jeans and a great pair of cowboy boots would polish off the look! Alternatively, women wear cowboy hats with everything from wedding dresses to fashionable blouses. The options are virtually limitless!

How to Pick the Right Cowboy Hat for Your Face

Cowboy hats look great on anyone who dons them, but if you're not sure which kind would look the best on you, you can always visit one of our stores to try on several styles and see which one you like most. A general rule of thumb is the edge of the crease on the brim of your hat should be even with the outside of your face. Some people prefer a brim that is narrower or wider; it all comes down to personal preference.

Best Cowboy Hats for Women

Wondering how to wear a cowboy hat with long hair? Virtually any style will look great with a flowing mane, but these cowboy hat styles are definitely the most popular for ladies:

  • The Open Crown
  • The Pinch Front
  • The Fedora

Several hairstyles pair well with these cowboy hat styles, including pulled-back looks like a low ponytail or braid. You can also let your hair flow freely in its usual straightened, wavy or curly glory.

Find Your Perfect Cowboy Hat at NRS

Capture the classic look of the Old West when you choose from any of the high-quality cowboy hats in our wide selection. Our authentic cowboy and Western hats come primarily in straw and felt, and are designed by top brands like American Hat Co., Stetson, Resistol and more. View our hats and the rest of our Western wear and horse tack products today!

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