Need some shade at the rodeo or playing after work? Our Western guy Marty can show you how to shape a palm leaf hat today in a Gus, Brick Top, & Buckaroo style.
He shapes these cowboy hats here at the store with a steamer, and you can shape yours with just a bucket of water at home – watch how!
Cowboy Hat Styles
In the Buckaroo style, you’ll have a smooth bowl-shaped indent in the crown, round all the way around. Use a bowl or a ball to get this shape. Then you can raise the middle of the indent over another round shape, like a smaller ball, from the inside. You can also shape a nice lip in the top of the crown. The Buckaroo typically has a pretty flat brim, too.
This is the style of hat that Tom wore for his Trek outfit – he shaped it himself!
A Brick Top hat means you have four corners in the brim of the hat, and an even indent.
The most common styles of hat Marty sees is a Cattleman’s crown and a Gus. The Cattleman is like the hat Marty’s wearing: two dents running from front to back. The Gus is just like the Cattleman’s, but the dents are only in the front of the hat.
How to Shape Your Hat at Home
To do this at home, fill a bucket with water. You can use cold water and let it soak a while, or lukewarm will speed it up a bit.
Start with the crown and use your fingers and thumbs to start the shape.
Move to the brim and shape your brim.
Now let it dry. You’re all done!
Get a Hat of your Own
Get your own palm leaf hat from Smith & Edwards! We carry a HUGE selection of Sunbody hats, which is our favorite brand of palm leaf hat. These hats are Guatemalan-made and hold their shape nice after you shape them. They come in lots of adult sizes as well as kids’ sizes.
Come in to Smith & Edwards in Farr West and we’ll shape one up for you, too!