Hats have become a bit of a fashion statement but their original purpose was as functional as a tool. Hats provide their wearers with protection from the elements, be they sun, rain or wind. The cowboy hat is one style that has stood the test of time and retains its original purpose and basically its look.
The first cowboy hat was created by the son of a hat maker, John B. Stetson. During a trip out west with some friends he decided to show off the family skill and showed his fellow campers how he could turn an animal pelt into felt and then into a hat. The hat had a humorously large brim and Stetson played out the joke by wearing it throughout the rest of the hunting trip. The thing is, he realized that the wide brim was actually very useful in protecting him from the elements and the look soon caught on with other cow pokes.
Throughout the years cowboys have worked their own signatures into the hats and regional preferences became so evident that ranchers in the know could tell where a man was from just by the look of his hat. That