How to Choose the Right Cowboy Hat For Your Face

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The most significant staple in any cowboy’s wardrobe is the perfect cowboy hat. It can be overwhelming to choose the right cowboy hat for your face. Don’t worry if you are unsure which shape, style or color you should pick. The western wear stylists at Sheplers are here to help you pick the right cowboy hat. Learn more about the best cowboy hat fit for you.

Pick the Right Cowboy Hat for Your Face

When choosing the right cowboy hat for your face, you should consider whether you are looking for a stylish cowboy hat or a more functional cowboy hat. Perhaps you are looking for a cowboy hat to go with your next country concert outfit; maybe you’re looking for a daily staple to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.

Style of Cowboy Hat

Pick a cowboy hat style that complements your wardrobe. When deciding which color cowboy hat, keep in mind neutral colors. Black generally matches pretty much everything, but a classic brown or tan cowboy hat is a staple in any western wear wardrobe. Your cowboy hat should also reflect your personality.

Don’t forget the flair in the details of your cowboy hat. The Bullhide From the Heart Straw Cowgirl Hat is a natural color with a flattering pinched front crease crown and an embellished studded band. For the cowgirls who are looking for a little pop of color in their cowboy hat, the Bullhide Jewel of the West Wool Cowgirl Hat is a great option. This cowgirl hat is a stunning chocolate color with a felt modern pinch front. It matches so many outfits while also adding a pop of turquoise in the embellishment. The best part about this cowgirl hat is its shapeable design with a custom fit sweatband.


If you are picking the best cowboy hat fit for functional reasons, our stylists are sure you don’t want your hat to blow off in the wind while you are working on the ranch. When it comes to functionality and picking the right cowboy hat for your face, you want to choose a hat that sits firmly on your head and protects it from wind, sun, and even a little rain.

For a long-lasting, functional and durable cowboy hat, nothing beats a felt blend of beaver or even rabbit fur. When searching for a working hat, choosing a blend of beaver and rabbit fur can provide comfort, durability, longevity, weather protection, not to mention it is easy to manipulate for reshaping. Check out the Bullhide Men’s Big Boss 8X Beaver Fur Blend Cowboy Hat or the Stetson 6X Skyline Fur Felt Western Hat if you are looking for functional and durable cowboy hat that is sure to fit your face.

Face Shape

Now that you know what purpose your cowboy hat is going to serve, the next step in this process is understanding the shape and size of your face. It’s time to learn how to choose the right cowboy hat for your face.

Some cowboy hats are designed for elongated faces, while more oval faces look better in other styles. Your cowboy hat will draw attention to your face, so you are going to want to purchase a cowboy hat that balances out your facial features. Take a look in the mirror to determine the shape of your face and measure your head.

1. Thin – Elongated

If you have a thin, elongated face, you will want to buy a cowboy hat with a medium height crown, which best suits a face that is longer. A crown that’s too short or too tall will make your face look more elongated, which can be unflattering. Check out our selection of medium crown cowboy hats and choose the right cowboy hat for your face.

2. Larger – Oval

The right cowboy hat for your face if you have a more oval or wide head is one with a medium brim. Cowboy hats with a smaller brim will make your face appear larger. Choose cowboy hats with a medium brim for a more flattering appearance.

3. Full – Round

For those of you with faces that are fuller and on the rounder side, you should pick a cowboy hat that has a low height crown. A cowboy hat with a shorter crown will look more flattering.

Be Confident with Your Purchase

In the end, the right cowboy hat for your face is the one that is best styled and rocked with confidence. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. Who knows, maybe a cowboy hat will be your next big thing! Keep in mind your favorite western wear clothing store, Sheplers, before you pick the right cowboy hat. Giddy on up and find the best fit cowboy hat for you.

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Page updated on June 26, 2020



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