The cowboy hat as we know it goes back to the 1860’s. Before John B. Stetson invented this hat cowboys wore many different types of head gear. There was no specific hat or “uniform” so it would be common to see cowboys wearing sailor hats, war gear, caps, tall hats and many others.
Thankfully, Stetson came along and created the cowboy hat. It was truly a great invention since most people look good in cowboy hats; not only cowboys. For many, cowboy hats are great summer hats. People love wearing straw cowboy hats in the summer to block the sun from their face since it’s not just any other cap; it really is pretty. A cowboy hat adds a lot to an outfit and believe it or not, when you’re wearing a cowboy hat, you get the spirit of a cowboy. Suddenly you feel like you can do anything! Some wear them when going horseback riding or simply when working in the garden. It also makes a great hat to dress up a lovely summer outfit and makes you feel taller and stronger!
Just like any other hat, different cowboy hats are made of different materials. The most expensive and high quality cowboy hats are made from real felt, which is animal fur. A typical felt used in the cowboy hat is that of a beaver, a muskrat or a rabbit. However, it is very common to see a cowboy hat made from a mixture of beaver, muskrat fur and rabbit fur. Another fabric or material for a cowboy hat is straw, which is what we are mostly familiar with today. (Nowadays however, many straw hats are actually made from the pulp of a tree just like paper so often, cowboy hats and other straw hats will have 100% paper listed as the content.) These are definitely more affordable, comfortable, lightweight and stylish! They are worn by cowboys and many other men, women and children around the world.
There are many different styles and looks for a cowboy hat but the most common is simply a wide brimmed hat with a medium sized crown. In addition there is a prominent pinch at the front of the crown to give it that country look and cowboy twist.
Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys, the cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat. Put it together with a pair of cowboy boots and your good to go! So when packing for your summer vacation up in the mountains, a camping trip or any other summer getaway don’t forget your cowboy hat to add to the spirit! If you don’t own a cowboy hat or are just a little too feminine for them definitely go for a beach or straw sun hat which will do just the trick and look really good!