The Texanist: What’s With All the Cheap-Looking Black-Painted Cowboy Hats?

Q: For years, I have noticed country music superstar Tim McGraw (and others) wearing a straw hat that appears to be spray-painted black. Surely, he can afford an 8X Stetson felt or nice George Strait Resistol straw. Should a real Texan ever wear a black painted straw cowboy hat in public? Don Florus, Flatonia A: Although the cowboy hat wasn’t made the official hat of Texas until House Concurrent Resolution No. 35 was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015, this particular style of headgear has been widely considered such since John B. Stetson first introduced his original lid, the “Boss of the Plains,” way back in the 1860s. Little-known fact: Before Stetsons ruled, it was the bowler style that sat ubiquitously atop the…View Original Post

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