The Anatomy of a Drifter Cowboy Hat

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We see them all the time, but how well do we really understand them?  Access Headwear’s Hat Anatomy series is dedicated to helping you learn the anatomy of each new hat you purchase.  From drifter cowboy hats to large floppy sun hats and everything in between, you’ll be able to impress your friends, coworkers, and customers with your extensive knowledge of quality hat construction.  This may also help you better understand why different hats fit certain ways and thus help you figure out which hat style is right for you.  Let’s get started!



The brim is arguably the most important component of most hats, and certainly is that of drifter cowboy hats.  Not only does the brim of a cowboy hat provide it’s iconic style, but it is also vital to the functionality of the hat.  The brim is what protects your face and neck from the sun!  It also helps keep you cool by providing a bit of extra shade.  Most hats have a brim of some sort, even if it doesn’t wrap all the way around like that of a drifter cowboy hat.  The brim is generally formed away from, or sometimes, attached to the crown of the hat.


The crown of a hat is much more than just wear the hat rests on your head.  It’s actually the part of the hat that determines how you look.  The size, crush, and profiling of the crown determine exactly how the hat sits on your head.  The crown profile is usually either high or low.  This determines the style and fit of the hat.  Higher profile crowns are better suited for those who have higher foreheads.  Here are a few common crown shapes for drifter cowboy hats:

  • Center Dent Crown

Has a dent right in the center of the crown (obviously) and can be accompanied by a pinch on either side.

  • Diamond Crown

        Has a diamond shaped dent in the center of the crown so that the hat fits more  

loosely around the head.  More commonly found in fedoras.

  • Flat Top Crown

        Most often found on older versions of cowboy hats and gentlemen hats. They are

distinguishable by their characteristic flat top.


This is the name for the dent in the hat’s crown.  The shape of the bash (i.e. diamond, flat, center, or any other) determines the crown type.  Similarly, the absence of a bash may indicate what type of hat it is.  


Dents are usually made on the sides of the crown, below the bash.  On most drifter cowboy hats, the dents are on the sides of the crown, towards the front end.  This is the spot where many cowboys grab their hat to remove it in western movies.  However, dents can also be on both sides of the hat, depending on the style.  


The belt of fabric that circles the crown and rests on the brim of the hat is called the band.  It can be made of leather or synthetic materials.  It is usually a hat’s most distinguishable feature, as they tend to vary from hat to hat.  However, the purpose of the band is not only stylistic.  For starters, it can make a very tall crown appear to be a bit shorter.  It also provides an additional bit of structure, as it secures the crown of the hat around your head, along with the internal headband.  


The break of any hat is the section where the crown and brim meet.  The brim can either be formed from the crown, meaning that the hat is one solid piece, or it can be attached to the existing crown.  Different hats feature different kinds of breaks.  However, with most drifter cowboy hats, the brim is formed from the crown.  


The band wouldn’t be complete without a decoration.  This is what gives your hat it’s character and what most people will remember about your hat.  Generally speaking, the decoration is a bow or buckle.  This gives cowboy hats their traditional look.  However, with Access Headwear and Old Stone drifter cowboy hats, there is a plethora of decorations for you to choose from.  From a fleur-de-lis to a turquoise stone, there are enough choices that you are sure to find something that suits your personality and style.  


You may have noticed that oftentimes, the brim of a cowboy hat is pulled down a bit, in order to accentuate the roll on the sides.  This section, which is pulled down, is called the dip.  It may be subtle or much more exaggerated, depending on the style of the hat.  


The roll of a hat refers to how tightly the sides of the brim are rolled up to the crown of a hat.  For instance, many of our drifter cowboy hats feature very characteristic tight rolls.  This style was popularized by country music singers and other urban cowboy types.  On the other hand, a hat with a loose roll is recommended for those who actually require more sun protection.  A loose roll makes for more coverage from the brim.  


There you have it: the main features of drifter cowboy hats.  Of course, these features are prone to change and to be played upon, but this list serves as a good starting point for anyone who is interested in the components of a quality constructed at.  Visit us at to check out our wide selection of drifter cowboy hats and to see just how much variation can be.  At Access Headwear, we guarantee that we have a style for everybody!  

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