How to Choose the Right Size Cowboy Hat

Right Cowboy Hat Size

Finding the right-sized cowboy hat can be a difficult task. Not only do you have to find one that is the right size for your head, but you also need to make sure that it is the right style and color for your outfit. 

Luckily, there are a few tips that can help make the process a little bit easier.

For starters, check out the hat sizing chart below.

Extra Small




Extra Large

Head Measurement (inches)

20 3/8" - 21"

21 1/2" - 21 5/8"

21 1/4" - 22 1/2"

23" - 23 3/8"

23 3/4" - 24

Hat Sizes

6 1/4 - 6 1/2

6 3/4 - 6 7/8

7 - 7 1/8

7 1/4 - 7 3/8

7 1/2 - 7 5/8

There are some other things to look out for when purchasing a cowboy hat:

Crown: The raised portion of the hat that fits over the wearer’s head is referred to as the crown, and it can vary in height depending on what the wearer is looking for. To determine the crown height, you will measure the crown from the brim to the front center dent of the crease. Some crowns have a few extra inches added to them, which makes the wearer look taller from a distance. Crowns that have not been creased are called an “open” crown. This type of cowboy hat is what most people call a 10-gallon hat. The “open crown” can be shaped into many different creases, see above.


Crease: The dip on the top of the crown is what we call the crease. A number of cowboy hats are already creased when they come from the manufacturer. The most common type of crease is the Cattleman crease, also referred to as the Alpine crease. Although this type of crease is the most common, there are other creases, and as long as there is enough space between the top of the wearer’s head and the crown for the hat’s material to be manipulated, the crease possibilities are endless. The Brick, Cattleman, Cool Hand Luke, and Cutter creases are shown above.


Dent: In the past, dents in cowboy hats were developed over time when once they were worn in, but now dents are there for stylistic purposes only. If a hat has dents, the most common location for them to be placed is on each side of the crease.


Brim: The brim of a cowboy hat is what surrounds the crown. All cowboy hats have one, but they aren’t all the same. There are brims that are oval, and others that are round. They can also have more space in the front and back of the hat and have shorter sides, while others are the same length all around. The most noticeable difference in a brims’ appearance is how they can be molded to be completely flat around the head, completely curved up around the head, or be a combination of curved and flat.


Roll: The curved shape of a brim on a cowboy hat is what we refer to as the roll. This is because to get this shape, it has to be rolled a certain way.

Looking for a new cowboy hat? Check out The Sombrero Ranch. We’ve got the latest and greatest styles of hats in stock, and we can guarantee that you’ll find the perfect one for your outfit. 

Not only do we have a wide selection of sizes, but we also have a variety of colors and styles to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to our website today and shop til you drop!