Our 5 Favorite Men's Straw Cowboy Hats For Summer

Our 5 Favorite Men's Straw Cowboy Hats For Summer

Looking for the perfect accessory to complete your summer look? Look no further than a straw cowboy hat! The ideal mix of style and function, you’ll be reaching for yours again and again every time the day heats up.

Summer weather is upon us, and, if you’re anything like us, you’re looking for ways to beat the heat. One of our favorite methods? A high-quality, handmade straw cowboy hat. This style is lightweight and breathable, ensuring maximum comfort even on the hottest of days.

Whether you're heading to the beach, attending a summer BBQ, or simply want to add a touch of Western flair to your everyday style, straw cowboy hats are the perfect choice. And, whether you’re trying out the style or looking to purchase another favorite, we’ve rounded up our top styles (and a few tips to help along the way).

Features to consider when choosing a men's straw cowboy hat

When shopping for a men's straw cowboy hat, there are several key features to consider to ensure you find the perfect match for your style and needs. Mainly- the brim and crown size, type of straw, and UPF rating versus breathability.

Brim Size

The first thing to look at is the brim size. A wider brim offers more sun protection and a more dramatic look, while a narrower brim may be preferred for a sleeker, modern aesthetic. Consider your personal style and the level of coverage you desire when selecting the brim width of your hat.

Crown Height 

Another important feature to pay attention to is the crown height. Cowboy hats come in various crown heights, from low-profile to high-profile styles. The crown height can significantly impact the overall look of the hat and how it fits on your head. Choose a crown height that complements your face shape and head size to ensure a comfortable and flattering fit. Additionally, consider the shape of the crown, as some hats feature a pinched crown for a classic Western look, while others have a flat crown for a more contemporary feel.


Opt for high-quality straw materials such as raffia, or toyo straw for durability and breathability. These materials are lightweight, flexible, and resistant to wear and tear, making them ideal for everyday wear during the summer months. Pay attention to the weave of the straw as well, as tighter weaves offer better sun protection and longevity compared to looser weaves. Lastly, look for features like a sweatband lining, adjustable chin cord, and ventilation eyelets for added comfort and practicality.

UPF Rating & Breathability

Finally, consider when and how you’ll be using your hat. If you plan to wear your straw hat as your main method of sun protection, you’ll need a style that is UPF-rated by a trusted source. UPF ratings range from 25 to 50+, with the higher number offering the best protection.

At the same time, you’ll want to consider the breathability of your hat. If sun protection is less essential, choosing a straw hat that has a looser weave (or a band of loosely woven material), might be preferred. The breathability of straw is what makes it such a fantastic summertime choice, after all!

Style The Summer: Our Top 5 Men’s Straw Cowboy Hats

  1. Gunsmoke Western Toyo Hat

Want a hardworking hat that’ll last you summer after summer? Look no further than this toyo straw style. With an extra tight weave, this medium-brim hat boats UPF 50+ sun protection that’ll keep your face and neck protected all day long. Plus, the dark coloring of this design is sure to stand out (and dress up easily).

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  1. Jasper Raffia Western Hat

Prefer a summer style that’ll keep the sun off your face and keep you extra cool? The Jasper Raffia Hat will be your new favorite accessory! Crafted with tightly woven organic raffia, this hat will stand the test of time. And, with a vented crown, your head will feel the breeze while your face enjoys the shade.

man wearing a mens summer cowboy hat stares into the distance with his arms crossed
  1. John Stone Western Shapeable Raffia Hat

With unique band detailing and a secure chin toggle cord, this design is the perfect match for the stylish adventurer that doesn’t want to worry about losing their hat. And the timeless western style of this cowboy hat will only get better with age.

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  1. Country Western Raffia Shapeable Hat

Lightweight, hardworking, and UPF 50+. This style is a favorite, and for good reason. With unique leather band detailing and a shapeable brim, it’s easy to make it yours. Choose from black, dark brown, or natural colors to find your perfect fit.

man wearing a straw cowboy hat and black button down shirt
  1. The Signal Organic Raffia Hat

You won’t want to take this straw cowboy hat off! The Signal hat features a premium terry inner band that absorbs sweat and offers supreme comfort. Made with hand-braided organic raffia, this design is durable and UPF 50+ rated while remaining surprisingly breathable.

Save Your Straw: Cowboy Hat Care Tips

Proper care and maintenance are essential to extend the lifespan of your men's straw cowboy hat and keep it looking its best. To clean your hat, start by removing any dust or debris with a soft brush or cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or detergents, as they can damage the straw material. Instead, lightly dampen a clean cloth with water and gently wipe the surface of the hat to remove any stubborn stains.

When not in use, store your straw cowboy hat in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and warping. It’s best to either hang it on a hat rack or lay your hat on its crown on a flat surface. If your hat gets wet, allow it to air dry naturally to maintain its shape and integrity. Avoid exposing your hat to excessive heat or moisture, as this can cause the straw fibers to weaken and lose their structure.

Straw cowboy hats offer the ideal summertime mix- comfort, breathability, and sun protection. The only question left is- which style will you pick? Discover our entire line of straw hats.
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