Cowboy and the Cowboy Hat

Cowboy hat photo by Janice Seagraves

Cowboy and the cowboy hats

By Janice Seagraves

For those of you writing cowboy romance stories, don’t forget the cowboy hat. Whether it’s a Stetson, Indiana Jones, Sheplers, or Henschel, made out of straw or felt, a cowboy isn’t a cowboy without his hat.

Cowboy hats help the cowboy to dress up or dress down, and are occasionally tucked up under a form fitted plastic cover for those rainy days.

Have you ever seen how a cowboy use his hat to show emotion?

  • Flinging down his hat can show anger or a desire to start a fight or finish one.
  • Shoving the hat to the back of his head can show surprise. In this way you can see more of his face and his raised eyebrows.
  • Lowering the brim over his eyes can show annoyance.
  • Leaning back and hiding his face with his hat, he can show embarrassment, disassociation with what’s being said or a desire to take a nap.
  • Removing the hat, he can lean in for a kiss.