Several style characteristics are found in every hat. The width and the slope of the brim determines how much protection you’ll receive from the sun, wind, and rain.
The crown of the hat is the top, which may be deep or shallow. Hats have open (unshaped) crowns which are then shaped or “bashed” and creased by the hat manufacturer to provide more personality to a hat style.
The Indiana Jones bash on a Fedora hat is different than the Crocodile Dundee bash on an Akubra hat. Many country music stars have unique hats which become part of their country music brand. Wei’s stocks the George Strait hat, John Wayne hat, Jason Aldean hat, and many others.
The hat may have eyelets or air holes around the mid-crown of the hat to keep your head cool, so it can fit tightly but still breathe. Some hats have attachments for optional chin straps, also called Stampede strings.
On the bottom of the crown a hatband is often attached, and stitched to hold it in place. Hatbands can provide more structure and protection for the crown, and also add style by defining it. They are available in many materials. Most often hat bands are made from some type of leather to stand up to outside weather.
Most hat colours are a shade of black, brown or cream, but Wei’s also stocks sassy red, soulful blue and other colours to suit your style. Of course a black hat will attract more heat from the sun. A lighter colour will attract less heat but dirt will stand out. Neutral colours of black, dark brown or taupe (often called fawn) will go with more clothing colours.