I grew up riding horses. Raised on a ranch, working cattle, living to be horseback, loving the country life…I was a cowgirl if ever there was one. But I’ve often said that I never really looked like the stereotypical cowgirl—no fringed leather, no turquoise-and-silver jewelry, no wild rag around my neck, and no hat. For me, it was more about the horse than what I was wearing, and I’ve never felt that the horses minded if I looked the part or not. But I finally got a hat!
I picked out a cowgirl hat on HatCountry.com. There were quite a few to choose from, and since I’m a novice at hat-wearing, I wasn’t sure what kind of hat I’d look good in. But I really liked the Charlie 1 Horse hats—they were different; they had a wider brim and an authentic cowgirl look. I decided on the Bandito B straw cowboy hat, and wore it when visiting my folks out in Idaho.
I remember when I was a teenager, I borrowed an old floppy brown felt hat from my dad. I wore it when horseback riding on rainy days, and the only thing I liked about it was the fact that it fit so tightly I didn’t have to worry about it falling off. When I would get home and take it off, I’d have a red stripe across my forehead and a headache. But it kept the rain off!
Here are some pictures of me and my new hat. I’m really happy with it, and have gotten a lot of compliments from experienced hat-wearing friends. Now I’m just trying to talk my husband into buying a cowboy hat!