With the rodeo almost here, folks are looking how to kick up the cowboy factor. What better way to do that than with a cowboy hat? There are few tips for buying the perfect cowboy hat, we just suggest that you love what you see when you look in the mirror.

Felt cowboy hats are typically worn for dressier occasions, such as a night on the town or the rodeo. Wearing a cowboy hat calls for a well-pressed button-up shirt and dark rinse Wranglers or bootcut Levi’s. To complete the look, pull out the polished leather belt with shiny buckle and boots in an exotic skin such as lizard or ostrich. Here are some great local hat stores in which to top your look.

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Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hat Store on Richmond has been in business for decades and is a favorite for true cowboys in Houston and surrounding areas. The Hat Store stocks hats in various materials with all of the details you can imagine. Here, shoppers will also find stocks straw hats, which are more casual and for every day use. Straw is typically what ranchers where when working, though they aren’t always as luxe as those sold at The Hat Store. This shop serves an A-list roster of clients including former President George H. Bush, Governor Rick Perry, Lance Berkman and Craig Biggio. If you need a cowboy hat in Houston, this is the place to go. Gary A. Cohen of The Hat Store advises to find a cowboy hat that’s snug and sits flush against the head without straining or making you uncomfortable.

Hours: Mon to Friday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The name says it all. The Cowboy Hat store has an array of cowboy hats to choose from. Here you will find felt, straw and even Civil War-style hats. Those looking to make an investment in a stylish cowboy hat will find plenty to choose from. The Cowboy Hat Store stocks brands like Resistol, Justin and Stetson. These are classic brands that cowboys in-the-know love. If you’re looking for the brick and mortar version of the Cowboy Hat Store, check out Miller Hats, the the showroom for the Cowboy Hat Store. Find a wide selection of cowboy hats online and then visit Miller Hats to see what looks great on you.

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Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At Sunbody Hats, you’ll find plenty of cowboy hats and palm hats to choose from for your Houston Rodeo needs. The owner of Sunbody Hats goes to Guatamala to pick up handmade palm hats and brings them back to H-town for shaping and embellishment. Shopping at Sunbody Hats means you’re getting an authentic palm hat with style. The store has a lot of of stock to peruse online, but stopping in the shop means you’ll get to try out what suits your look and what feels the most comfortable.

Hours: Mon to Sat -9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun -11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While Cavender’s is now a regional chain that has expanded to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana, its humble roots lie in 1950s Texas in the form of a dairy mart. The mart’s ambitious proprietor eventually expanded his business prowess to include retail and western wear and thus, Cavender’s Boot City was born. The store sells cowboy hats in a variety of fashions including felt, straw and palm leaf in brands by Justin, Resistol and Stetson, among others. Use Cavender’s online “fit chart” to find a hat with the perfect fit.

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Although Cowboy Outfitters only takes online orders, it’s locally operated in Highlands, Texas and takes pride in immersing both its roots and its products in Texan cowboy culture. In fact, the clothing sold here (especially the cowboy hats) is designed to mimic authentic gear and items worn by cowboys in the days of the Old West. In addition to hats for men, women and children, the store carries hat accessories such has carriers, bands, and brushes for cleaning and maintaining the fabric and wear of the hat. Cowboy Outfitters also offers boots, home decor and rodeo gear, so it’s a one-stop-shop for those looking to westernize their wardrobes and even their homes.

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