Cowboy Hats Today and Tomorrow
The cowboy hat is a classic staple of western wear. The first "true” cowboy hat, the Stetson was designed in the latter half of the 19th century and has been popular ever since—mainly because of the appearance on the heads of Hollywood cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
However, even classic deserves a few design twists over the years to give it a cross-cultural appeal. In recent years, while the traditional Stetson has been as popular as ever, there have been many other options grow in popularity too.
Straw Cowboy Hats – Popularized by country singer Kenny Chesney, among others, straw cowboy hats are quite prevalent today. However, they used to have a negative connotation among hat purists. These are a fun way to add a little "funk” to the standard cowboy look, without sacrificing the traditional size and shape. For many, these are great "starter hats”, since they are affordable compared to many traditional hats.
The Flat Top Hat – Far from the traditional cowboy hat style you will find the flat top hat. Think Walter White in Breaking Bad. Wait, you think that is not a cowboy hat? Have you checked the rodeo and country music circuit lately? There are plenty of people who are trying something a little different. The flat top is just different enough to get noticed, but it still serves the same primary purpose and has the same basic feel as a cowboy hat. There are even options with a bit wider brim for those who want a more traditional appearance.
Ladies Fashion – In years past, the ladies’ cowboy hat selections were often scary. Today, you can find much more than just pink and sequins. Many of the designs most favored by those who wear them most are just slightly more feminine versions of favorite male hats.
Thin Material Hats – Although heavy-duty hats are still favored for those out roping bulls, sometimes you just want something lightweight to wear on a day-to-day basis. There are many new options in a thin material "rodeo-style” hat. While Resistol, for one, has been around for decades, new options are making these lighter and cooler than ever before.
Packable Cowboy Hats – One of the worst things about the classic Stetson hat is that it is difficult to bring along when you travel. Unless you have a proper travel box or case, you risk damaging it during your trip. Luckily, the newest packable hats are attractive and durable. Available in many popular styles, this is one trend that every cowboy hat lover is happy to see arrive.
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