5 Best Cowboy Hats: Modern Western Styles for 2022

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Ori Adler

Cowboy hats are both functional and stylish — and they’re a hot trend in 2022.

A cowboy hat with a modern western style is a great way for anyone to add versatility to their wardrobe; they come in a wide range of colors, textures, and styles so that anyone can find a look and fit they love.

From dressy hats for a night out to cooling straw and warming felt cowboy hats perfect for working in the elements, we’ve gathered the five best modern cowboy hats for 2022.

Related: The Rules of Cowboy Hat Etiquette


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5 Best Cowboy Hats for Hatters

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a man in your life, you can’t go wrong with these five modern western cowboy hats from American Hat Makers.


The Trail Boss - Straw Open Crown Cowboy Hat


If you’re looking for a sturdy, stylish straw cowboy hat to keep you cool while looking great all summer long, you can’t go wrong with the Trail Boss.

This wide-brimmed bicolor cowboy hat is made of breathable, lightweight palm straw with a sewn-in sweatband and medium brown band to keep you cool and comfortable no matter how hot the temperatures rise.

Keep the sun off of your face and out of your eyes in style this summer, whether you’re camping, hiking, fishing, or just enjoying the outdoors!


The Hollywood - Leather Cowboy Hat


When you need the perfect modern cowboy hat to complete your western look, the Hollywood hat is here for you.

It’s a timeless style worn throughout history, and this leather cowboy hat is still going strong in 2022. With its lightweight design, handcrafted leather band, durable all-leather construction, and vented holes for breathability, most hats can’t match the comfort and style of the Hollywood design.


The Cattleman - Felt Cowboy Hat


Historically, felt cowboy hats served more of a purpose than straw ones for old-school cowboys. Felt hats, like The Cattleman, kept them warm during the desert nights, cool during the day, and could fan a campfire flame or hold water for a thirsty horse.

Felt hats are essential to the classic cowboy look, and you can dress them up or down. Made with high-quality materials, felt cowboy hats not only look great, but they also offer protection from the sun, moisture, and cold.


The Ponderosa - Straw Cattleman Hat


Crafted by a trusted American Hat Makers partner, the Ponderosa is a functional and stylish straw cowboy hat perfect for any outdoor adventure.

The chic bicolor hat looks great on anyone, and the built-in sweatband makes for a secure, comfortable, and breathable fit

With a cattleman crown and made from natural straw with holes for ventilation and airflow, the Ponderosa will keep you protected from the sun in style, whether you’re in the mountains, on the range, or headed to the office.


The Drifter - Distressed Felt Cowboy Hat


The Drifter is our favorite modern cowboy hat when we want something a little less typical.

From the authentic Australian penny resting on the full-grain leather band to the real wild turkey feathers that add a splash of style, the Drifter is a combination of western craftsmanship and modern style.

When it comes to modern western styles, it’s hard to beat the eclectic look of this distressed cowboy hat.

Not seeing the perfect fit? See more of our top picks for modern western cowboy hats!

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The History of the Cowboy Hat

If you can recall anything from your high school history courses, the Westward Expansion of America was covered in detail. Even while men began to migrate westward in the early 1800s, Manifest Destiny didn't really take hold until the decade that followed the Civil War. The original cowboys imitated the attire of the Vaqueros who had been riding the plains before them when they came in the first wave. Many cowboys in historical photographs wearing sombreros.


They began shaking things up by donning bowler hats, sometimes known as derby hats, in 1849. They were "the thing" until the first cowboy hat was created by a Pennsylvania-based hat manufacturer. They were created in England by Thomas and William Bowler for the hatters Lock & Co Hatters. This cowboy hat, often known as "The Boss of the Plains," was designed by Stetson in 1865. Stetson is still associated with cowboy hats today.


That hat didn't resemble the style known as "The Cattleman." Only because of a cowboy in a movie did that type of cowboy hat become the most popular. Tom Mix was the first cowboy movie star in Hollywood, and Stetson created his cowboy hat. The crown features three wrinkles, and the brim is slightly bent. And the Tom Mix cowboy hat is still available today.


The Cowboy Hat and Pop Culture


Men's cowboy hats and boots are both regaining popularity, along with men's cowboy hats. Why now, though? Believe it or not, this street style was captured during fashion month, when everyone wore items with a cowboy theme from Milan to New York City.

In recent years, the LGBTQ+ community as well as the viral Yeehaw movement have both contributed to the hat's resurgence in popularity. Following the release of "Ole Town Road," Lil Nas X made them appear very fashionable, and films like "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and television programs like "Yellowstone" demonstrate how simple (and stylish) it is to wear them.


Pop culture has changed because of Diplo and Post Malone's affinity for the nude suit and Instagram profiles that depict Americana from a Black perspective.


Men's Western boots are becoming increasingly popular outside of regions like the Deep South and Texas because to the resurgence of interest in Americana. Invest in a Western-style cowboy hat, a real men's fashion trend since 2019. If you're interested in this trend but think that denim shirts and Cuban-heel boots are too subdued for you.

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