Different Styles of Cowboy Hats for the Westerner

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People often don’t realize that there are so many different styles of cowboy hats and just assume that they’re all the same. The wide selection of hats available at our online western wear store is proof enough that the styles, shapes, colors, and materials that cowboy hats are made of are many and varied. At Sheplers, we offer plenty of cowboy hat styles so you can choose the right cowboy hat for your face. Our Sheplers cowboys are to help you become familiar with the different styles of cowboy hats.

Common Cowboy Hat Styles

Cowboy hat styles have evolved so much over time. Instead of “one size fits all,” there are so many different shapes, colors, and cowboy hat styles on the market. This handy guide to the most common styles of cowboy hats will help you find the one that best suits you.

Traditional Western Cowboy Hat

The traditional cowboy hat is what most people picture when they think of western hat shapes, so it’s no surprise that it’s the most popular type of cowboy hat. This classic style is best known for the curved, oval-shaped brim and indentation at the crown of the hat.

Although the traditional cowboy hat shapes have changed over time, it is still recognized as a staple. Sheplers carries a wide variety of traditional western cowboy hats for men, including some of the best cowboy hat brands to best fit your style.

Feeling brave? Pair your traditional cowboy hat with one of our men’s leather jackets to complete the look!

Embellished Cowboy Hats

Our Sheplers cowgirls love showing off their embellished cowboy hats, but if you think this is a more recent cowboy hat style, you’d be mistaken. Back in the day cowboys would add embellishments on their cowboy hats as a way to showcase what region or ranch they came from.

Embellishing cowboy hats is a great way to express yourself. Today there are so many different types of cowboy hats with a variety of embellishments including beads, gemstones, braids, and leather straps around the brim.

Take inspiration from beautifully embellished cowboy boots for women and style them with a complementary cowgirl hat so you can be rodeo-ready.

Straw Cowboy Hats

Our western wranglers love wearing straw hats when they’re working on the ranch. Some of the first cowboy hat styles were made out of straw to combat the heat while still protecting their face from the sun. Although the silhouette has evolved, they continue to remain popular amongst the western community. They are not only comfortable and lightweight but also a great western fashion statement to make with any outfit. At Sheplers we have a fantastic selection of straw cowboy hats to pick from that would look great.

Fur-Felt Cowboy Hats

For all of our old-school cowboys, a fur-felt cowboy hat is one of the most popular cowboy hat styles. Not only are fur-felt cowboy hats perfect to shield your eyes from the sun, but they also keep the crown of your head warm throughout the colder ranch nights. A fur felt hat can also be used to hold water for your horse or as a convenient fan to help build a strong campfire flame.

Our favorite part about this type of cowboy hat is how seamlessly it can be dressed up or down depending on your plans for the day. A classic staple in every cowboy’s closet, right next to a good pair of Wrangler jeans.

Leather Cowboy Hats

Every western-raised cowboy knows that a top grain cowboy hat is a great investment that will last for many years. Leather cowboy hats are one of the most popular types of cowboy hats due to their durability and longevity.

The only caveat is that leather cowboy hats are generally not waterproof on their own. If you like this cowboy hat style, opt for water repellent leather cowboy hats for those rainy days.

Finding Different Cowboy Hat Shapes and Styles at Sheplers

Not only can you find cowboy hats and western clothing at Sheplers, you can also shop for western home décor as well. We have everything you need to be rodeo-ready from different styles of cowboy hats and western-style shirts right down to quality denim and cowboy boots!

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