Cowgirl Hat Style Guide for Women

Summer is quickly approaching, and you need a new cowgirl hat for those upcoming country music festivals. We have you covered! Sheplers offers a wide variety of cowgirl hats of all colors, materials, shapes and sizes. You are sure to find the perfect hat for your style and taste. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for, check out our cowgirl hat style guide for women’s western wear.

Cowgirl hats are easy to recognize because they have wide flat brims and high crowns. Each hat has its own unique hatband for practical or fashion reasons. They were invented by John B. Stetson in 1865. Today they come in a variety of styles, colors and materials to match your cowgirl personality.

Leather Cowgirl Hats

Bullhide Get on Top Grain Leather Cowgirl Hat

The traditional cowgirl hat material was leather. As technology and innovations in fashion have improved, many hats have transitioned to felt or straw, but leather is still in use today. Leather cowgirl hats are a fashion statement for sure, but they are also heavy and have no ventilation, so if you are wearing your leather hat on a hot summers day, you should prepare for your head to sweat!

Felt Cowgirl Hats

Bullhide Jewel of the West Wool Cowgirl Hat

The most common of cowgirl hat materials is felt. It offers a little bit of ventilation for your head unlike its leather counterpart. A felt cowgirl hat protects against harmful UV rays on a bright sunny day. Your head may still get a little sweaty, but at least it won’t be sunburned!

Straw Cowgirl Hats

Shyanne Women's Beaded Straw Cowgirl Hat

Straw cowgirl hats are a breathable alternative to felt and leather cowgirl hats. Straw cowgirl hats are made by weaving loose straw strips together and coating them with lacquer to keep their shape. These hats will allow your head to breathe but they don’t offer much protection against the sun. Be prepared with sunscreen if you are out in the middle of the day.


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