Cowboy hats were born out of necessity. Their prime purpose was to shelter cowboys from the dazzling sunshine and intense heat as they drove their charges across the dusty plains. However, as functional as they were, the wearers soon took to styling and embellishing them to reflect their personalities, and before you could know it, cowboy hats had become a fashion craze even among the city people who adored its macho looks. While there are no rules set in stone about how you should wear a cowboy hat, there are indeed some conventions you need to be aware of and follow. Some tips for wearing a cowboy hat with flair and making a statement every time:
Choose Your Hat with Care
The first thing you need to do when buying a cowboy hat is to find one that suits the shape of your head and face so that you will look as good as you want to and impress the folks around you. Generally speaking, people with oval-shaped faces are the luckiest since they can wear all types of cowboy hats without a problem; however, those with round faces look better in a hat sporting a slanting brim and a high crown. If you have a narrow and long face, you will look the best in cowboy hats featuring medium-height crowns, but if you have a square face you will benefit from cowboy hats with a brim that curves and a rounded crown. A hat with a shorter brim and a teardrop crown works better for those with heart-shaped faces. According to Thread Curve, people with diamond-shaped faces will do well to buy a hat equipped with a shallow crown and does not have a brim that dips to the front and cast a shadow on their faces. However, you need to appreciate that these are general observations, and the best way to find out if a particular hat looks good on you is to try it out.
Get the Size Right
Whether you look good in a particular cowboy hat has a lot to do with the size. Once you have selected the hat appropriate for your facial shape, you will want to pick the right size to ensure comfort, usability, and style. If you wear a hat that’s too tight, you will sport a squeezed look and have a crease on your forehead after you take your hat off. There is every chance that if you wear the hat for a long, you will have a splitting headache. On the other hand, if the hat sits too loose on your head, it will look too large and will fly off in a breeze or fall if you bend low. According to expert hatters, a perfectly fitting cowboy hat will sit snugly on the front and back of your head but be a little loose at the sides to ensure comfort and permit you to wear and remove your hat without a struggle or disturbing your hairstyle.
To know if you have a hat with the right fit, you should try to slide a finger between the hat and your head. If you can do it easily, you have a hat with the right fit. The other way of finding your hat size is to measure your head above your eyebrows and then refer to the manufacturer’s size chart. However, different manufacturers have different ways of sizing hats, so checking the hat before buying is advisable. The right fit is more important than spending time on a serratelli vs stetson comparison.
Choose the Right Material to Complement Your Looks
You can get cowboy hats in several materials. The most common being straw, followed by fur felt, and leather! The choice of the material depends on your personal preferences, where and when you will wear it, and the effort required to maintain it. Straw is ideal for hats for casual wear, especially during summer because the weave permits extra airflow for a cooler head. However, straw hats are not waterproof and difficult to maintain and clean. You can choose a cowboy hat made of beaver, rabbit fur, or felted wool for a dressier option. The best thing about fur hats is while they keep your head warm and dry, they are comfortable due to their breathability. Depending on the weather, you can wear a fur cowboy hat year-round. A less common option is leather. It looks good and is durable but requires considerable maintenance and conditioning.
While you will have taken great care to choose a cowboy hat that suits your facial shape and has the right fit and material, you will still need to wear it with flair to impress the people around you. You can position the hat on your head in many ways to look casual, mysterious, or confident. You must also wear the right outfit that goes best with a cowboy hat. You can don a flannel or plaid button-up shirt with a pair of classic blue jeans without embellishments.
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