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  • An Ode to the Timeless Cowboy Hat

    Summer's Hottest Trend: The Cowboy Hat.


    The cowboy hat is itself more of a symbol than a headpiece. Heavy with the lore of the old west, these classic tough guy accessories evoke rugged independence, hardened outdoorsmanship, and epitomize the Western style that is well in vogue this summer season. Whether you prefer a flamboyant “ten gallon” look, or the understated sheik of a gambler hat, we have everything you need to look the part- but make sure you leave your six-shooter at home cowboy, this here is a peaceful hat shop!

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    Vented Straw Cowboy Hats

    Check out the coolest cowboy in town, coming in off of the dusty trail in his blue jeans and thick leather boots. But what’s this? He hasn’t even broken a sweat!

    Thanks to ultralight-weight material and modern weaving techniques, you can have the rustic look of a cattle wrangler without getting the dreaded dampness of “hat hair” and all the sweat that results. Check out our selection of wide brimmed western straw hats and enjoy the perpetual shade as only a cowboy can.

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    Wool Felt Cowboy Hats

    Not all of us can be “trail cowboys”, and some may appreciate the lifestyle of independence and freedom without wanting to actually get our hands dirty. For these sorts there are hats of a more gentlemanly style- soft and colorful. Before you step into that posh saloon in the fashionable quarter, make sure you’ve checked out some of the fancier selections we have to offer.

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    The Gambler Hat

    With a more formed, cylindrical crown and a shorter, sharper brim, the gambler hat is the international symbol of, you guessed it: the Wild West poker player. The good news is you don’t have to keep aces up your sleeve to take advantage of this hip Western look. Perfect for drinks at the watering hole, a stroll down the dusty streets of Laredo, or a game of Texas Hold’em. Hope you know when to fold’em!

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    Cowgirl Hats

    Not to worry ladies, though the West was surely a place of raw machismo, today we offer a wide selection of cowgirl apparel with a feminine allure. Women may appreciate the more understated Acrylic Yarn Cowboy Safari Hat. For those bolder souls with an Annie Oakley spirit, check out the Woman’s Raffia Cowboy Hat with Leatherette Band. Whatever your particular style, we have a hat to suit it!
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    Mexican culture (and the Mexican people themselves) played a huge influence on Old-West Lore. Among many other things, Mexicans brought their own unique style of hat to the table (the same table has a bottle of tequila on it, so be careful). Whether it Is a Cinco De Mayo celebration, or just a costume party, the sombrero is a very cool novelty hat which fits right in with other (South)Western wear.


    The upswing in the popularity of cowboy and Western wear this summer should come as no surprise. As the saying goes, “a classic never dies.” It doesn’t matter if you are a real old time waddy, or a high powered New York executive who has never mounted a horse, the old west is alive and well in this summer’s fashion trends. Get along to the e4hats shop and rustle up some style!

  • Tips on the Perfect Outdoor Hat


    July— a month that conjures up images of slow moving creeks dotted with sunlight coming through the trees, the juicy smell of fresh chopped grass, and fields of wheat growing brown in the baking heat of summer. It is a time when nature calls to us. There is no better month to hang up your work hat and change into something a bit more outdoorsy, load up your SUV with a tent and a couple coolers and leave the steamy pavement of city life behind. Time to go camping! And as every boy scout knows, the more you prepare the better your experience will be. So get ready for your “walkabout” with an outdoor hat from e4hats.com.


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    Western style hats

    The image of the cowboy is thoroughly evocative of the freedom of the wilderness. Harness your own inner waddy with one of our old timey cowboy hats— the headpiece that won the West. Practical, rugged, stylish: the cowboy hat is an American symbol of independence and masculine outdoorsmanship. Conjure up the spirit of pioneer toughness on your next woodland excursion with one from our slick selection. Hopefully there won’t be any gunfights!


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    UV Blocking Hats

    Camping is not without its own unique set of perils. Ants, wild animals, sudden storms, and the occasional unfriendly chawbacon are all things to look out for. But perhaps the most perilous element of all is the elements themselves— the sun in particular. Spending your time in the great outdoors often means a not so great sunburn, so prevent such a painful experience with one of our UV blocking hats, complete with a neck flap to keep you perpetually in the summer shade. If you are going somewhere hot, choose one with a soft, thin and cool material to maximize your comfort.


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    Sporting Hats

    Not that you need a reason to drop everything and head out for the brush, but there are actually some great activities to occupy your time once away from the glow of the internet. What could be more outdoorsy than actually supplying your own vittles to bake over the simmering coals of a campfire built with your own two hands? Fishing hats are available for e4hats.com, to help you wrestle up some slabs of salmon to bed down over the hot coals. These classic symbols of the pier lounging fisherman are made of rugged material, and provide 360 degree shade from the elements (not to mention a place to stick some of your fish hooks for a really cool look). Or, if you are after some four-legged fare, check out our selection of Camouflaged hunting hats. Sitting in your deer stand or duck blind, the top of your head can be seen by some wary game animals, so hide more effectively with our forest patterns.



    Don’t loaf about on the couch this summer. While Netflix and air condition are certainly nice, there are more memorable experiences to be had in the mountains, deserts, and forests of our lush and wonderful world. Strike out on your own or with friends and make some memories you will cherish for years to come.

  • Express Yourself: American Flag

    4th of July Fun in the Sun


    The time is upon us to load up on watermelons and beer, crack off some fireworks and fire up the barbeque. That’s right, it’s the season to celebrate the birth of our nation with sparklers, swim trunks, and that smell of freshly cut summer grass so evocative of July. But while you’re marinating the baby back ribs, icing down the cooler, and spending way too much on fireworks, make sure you take some time to shop for a stylish hat to commemorate the occasion!

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    American Flag Hats

    What better way to show your love of nation than by wearing the emblem of the Stars and Stripes on your head. This symbol of our country has long been evocative of the pride felt by Americans, and with our wide selection of flag hats, you can display your support with style and grace. Check out our flag head wraps for that patriotic look that will have your friends and family saluting.

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    Baseball caps

    There are only few things more American than the good old fashioned baseball cap. This symbol of US casual wear is as functional as it is stylish. The folded front brim keeps the sun out of your eyes, and allows you to proudly display whatever is important to you- a sports team, a “world’s best dad” emblem, or even the grand old Stars and Stripes. At e4Hats, you can find an amazing selection of this American staple, including caps with sequins for the ladies.


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    Another piece of Americana is the visor. Just a cap with the top cut off, visors are generally worn by active types- golfers, fishermen, or barbeque-ers who want shade without the sweaty scalp that some full caps might cause. Our selection ranges from opaque gardening hats for those in the watermelon patch, to brushed cotton khaki visors for the day out on the lake. Check out the wide range of visors at e4hats.com and be cool and collected however you decide to spend your 4th.

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    Novelty Hats

    Imagine the looks on the faces of your friends and family when you show up to grill the burgers dressed like Uncle Sam. This personification of our national ethos is tall, bearded, and loves to sport a star spangled banner top hat as he points his finger at the able-bodied young men of our country. Or, if you are feeling a bit more feminine, why not sport a hat in the spiky style of Lady Liberty herself. There are an assortment of wacky novelty hats and accessories available for your annual July celebration, so check them out and have some fun.


    While the 4th is a great time to have a beer and a picnic with those who you hold dear, let us not forget the solemn occasion of the birth of our nation. Those revolutionary patriots and forefathers who saw to it that our country was created as a free state deserve our recognition and remembrance. While you are gazing starry eyed at the rockets’ red glare, take a minute to remember how lucky you are to live in a country with such great ideals underpinning it.

  • Top 4 Summer Vacation Destinations

    Our Favorite Summer Vacation Spots for 2015.



    Summer vacation is a time of highs and lows. The sun above brings bright days, but it is often oppressive in its heat. While many people may have extra free time during this season of freedom and leisure, those fair-skinned types may find themselves restricted to small doses of the outdoors, lest they burn and blister. A day at the beach conjures images of joyful relaxation in the sand, but the reality of the wrathful sun above often leaves beachgoers sore and peeling.

    But don’t let the brilliant rays of the sun keep you at your computer all summer long, there is still plenty of time to make a temporary escape. What’s more, if you bring along proper headwear those bothersome UV rays will become quite manageable.

    Without further ado, here are our picks for some top vacation spots this summer, along with the perfect hat for the trip from e4hats.com!


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    Mosey down to Pensacola Beach, Florida with a stylish bucket hat or visor

    Originally settled by the Spanish, this pristine barrier island on the “Redneck Rivera” has some of the nicest beaches in the nation. White sands, a calm bay on one side, and an ancient fort that once held Geronimo are just some of the island’s attractions. But be warned, the Deep South is deeply hot and humid come summer time, and visitors would do well to come prepared with the 360 degrees of shade that our mesh bucket hat can provide. Visors are also a great way to provide shade without feeling confined.



    Jet over to Lanai, Hawaii with a colorful roll up sun visor

    This is the smallest publicly accessible island in the Hawaiian island chain, but that only adds to the seclusion and mystery of this Polynesian paradise. Once a giant pineapple plantation, the island is now a great spot for a quiet day at an empty beach. Don’t be deterred by the proximity to the equator’s scorching rays, one of our colorful roll up hats can fit handily in a purse and provide shade as you bask in the glory that is Hawaii.


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    Sail away to Zakynthos Island, Greece with our wide brim beach hat

    The nation of Greece has been hard up lately, but that is no reason not to appreciate its warm culture and ancient insular beaches. Nicknamed “the flower of the East” by Venetians, this gorgeous Ionian island is a great place to get away from it all if you can afford the airfare (and if you are already in Europe, it will be cheap). But take care traveler, the Greek sun God Helios is alive and well in these isles, so come prepared with our classy beach hat.



    Fly out to Fiji with our tweed floppy sun hat

    Just a jaunt away from New Zealand’s North Island (and in that part of the world, a jaunt is a mere 1000 miles), the islands of Fiji are a tourist’s paradise. With a rich native culture and beautiful landscape, there is plenty to do and see on this historic island chain. But the sun is no joke, so come stylish with our tweed floppy sun hat, and spend the week in a hammock listening to the waves crash in.

    Wherever you go this summer, remember that too much sun is a serious health concern. With our wide selection at e4hats.com, you can protect yourself and look cool in the process.

  • A Simple Guide for a Great Father's Day Gift

    Quick Tips for the Perfect Father's Day Gift.


    Dear old Dad doesn’t get much in the way of holidays, parades, or music dedicated to all his hard work and support. Showing our appreciation for the man that raised us isn't always easy, and emotions may be more of the "strong and silent type" when it comes to telling Papa how we feel. While there is no replacement for a heart to heart, a fine, practical gift never hurts to let Dad know that we care. This Father's Day, show your old man you were thinking of him with a thoughtful and stylish headpiece from e4hats.com.

    Dads tend to respect gifts that they can make use of- handiness over pizazz. Let's toss around some ideas.

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    Hats for the World's Best Dad

    A cap that reads "World's Best Dad" is the sweetest kind of hyperbole. Your father will know that, at least in the mind of his beloved son or daughter, he is the greatest. These stylish caps come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and embroidered with an assortment of personalized messages.


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    Hats for Golfing Dads

    There are plenty of dads out there who enjoy squeezing in 18 holes on a lovely June day, so why not cater to this fatherly habit with one of our cool hats for golfing? If your dad is fair skinned, help him get some protection from the summer sun with one of our special UV blocking caps, complete with a neck flap to prevent a nasty sunburn.



    Hats for Fishing Dads

    For the angling dads out there we have a special selection of stylish hats for floating through a Sunday. A water resistant bucket hat has just the kind of durable and protective material that Pop needs as he does battle with the elements and that "big fish" he is always going on about. Or, get two and take to the lake together.

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    Hats for the Gentlemen Dad

    Not all dads are outdoor enthusiasts- some might prefer the charm of a stroll through city streets, stopping for a cocktail and a chat with their sons and daughters. For these proud pops we have the pork-pie, bowler, and fedora to meet the demands of a stylish senior.

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    Hats for the Traveling Dad

    A Panama hat is the perfect thing for the globetrotting father. He has worked his whole life to provide for you and your family, and now he is taking some time for himself to see new things. Make sure he does it in style with this straw hat of South American origin (Ecuador, not Panama!) that just screams: "Here is a man of the world."

    Dads need to feel special too, and while there are flowers and cards given out on every Mother's Day, showing your affection for your father through a unique gift can be a little challenging. A practical present like a hat is something a man can use every day, and every time he does he will have good cause to think of his treasured son or precious daughter.

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