What Are the Different Styles of Cowboy Hats?

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Like a solid pair of cowboy boots or a good pair of blue jeans, cowboy hats are a staple in every country boy’s closet, but choosing a hat can be more complicated than it may seem. Cowboy hats come in so many different shapes, sizes and colors to match every outfit for any occasion. However, with so many various types of cowboy hats, it can be difficult to understand the difference.

What Are the Different Styles of Cowboy Hats?

There is no need to be confused about the different types of cowboy hats! The cowboy fashion stylists from Sheplers are here to share a few of the different cowboy hat styles. Your favorite western wear store carries a huge selection of men’s cowboy hats. You can find something for almost every occasion, but before you begin filling your online shopping cart, it is important to be able to identify the variations of cowboy hat styles as well as understand cowboy hat anatomy so you know exactly what you are getting. Before choosing a cowboy hat, consider these styles and see how you can incorporate your own style in each outfit.

The Dakota

A Dakota-style cowboy hat has a wide, rectangular crease on the top of the crown. Bull riders mostly wear this type of cowboy hat in the rodeo.

The Cattleman

If you are looking for one of the most popular cowboy hat styles, then our stylists recommend the cattleman cowboy hat. The cattleman cowboy hats have a tall, narrow crown and three parallel creases with a slightly curved brim.

The Cutter

The Cutter is very similar to a Cattleman cowboy hat, but it is a bit shorter and the bumps on the side of the head allow for more space. Here at Sheplers, we carry the Justin 20X Cutter Black Straw Cowboy Hat, which features a vented crown design and leather sweatband.

The Pinch Front

Not surprisingly, the pinch front cowboy hat has a pinched front on the crown. This piece of men’s western wear accentuates a narrow jawline and can make your face look thinner. Historically, this cowboy hat style was favored primarily by women; however, it has grown popular among men.

The Diamond

The Diamond cowboy hat is similar to the pinch front, but it is pinched in the back as well. This double-pinch creates a diamond shape if you are looking at the hat from the top, hence the name. Check out the Stetson Diamond Jim 8X Shantung Straw Cowboy Hat from Sheplers.

The Telescope,

The Telescope, also known as the Gambler, originates from Mexican cowboys. Its low crown is either pointed or round, which prevents hot air from accumulating on top of the head. The wide brim also protects the face from the sun. We sell the Stetson Black Hawk Crushable Wool Felt Gambler Hat, a crushable, water-resistant cowboy hat.

Picking a cowboy hat is a little more involved than you may have thought, but it is only the beginning. At Sheplers Western Wear, you can shop our online store to get the full country look.


Updated on February 7, 2020

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