The cowboy hat has long been the most recognizable icon for country and western music. According to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the cowboy hat dates back to the late 1800s. “John B. Stetson, a famous hat manufacturer from Philadelphia created the “Boss of the Plains” hat in 1865.” Since then, it has evolved several times to where it is today. It’s design is based upon the needs of the hat’s designers. “The brim curved up on the sides to stay out of the way of a rope, and the crown became pinched to allow better control.”

Today, cowboy hats are used for more than functionality. Country singers, concert goers, and fashionistas can be seen wearing a cowboy hat almost anywhere. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, the cowboy hat is definitely a true country concert and festival must have. The prices of cowboy hats depends on materials used as well as the brand. Shoppers can find hats seasonally, at big box stores like Target, and also at national chain stores like Boot Barn. Shopping for a new cowboy or cowgirl hat? Be sure to stop by Hat Country for a great selection and competitive prices!