All About Hats

Custom Hand Shaped Hats

For 50 years we have taken great pride in fitting and custom shaping western style hats. We can shape and fit a hat for any event or life style. What shape do you prefer, a Rancher, Farmer, Rodeo, Reiner, Cow Horse, Cutter, Horse Show, Buckaroo or a universal look that can be worn any where? A Flanigan styled hat is guaranteed to fit and give you that custom look. With proper care you will get a great deal of pleasure from the hat you purchase at Flanigan’s.

We stock hats in the following sizes 6 1/2, 6 5/8, 6 3/4, 6 7/8, 7, 7 1/8, 7 1/4, 7 3/8, 7 1/2, 7 5/8 and 7 3/4.

The Fit

Every ones head shape is unique, with some important information from you, we can get a good fit for your next cowboy hat. To start, do you know what size hat you typically wear? What shape is your head? Long-oval or round-oval. If you don’t know what size hat you wear, you can find out by taking a quick measurement.

How To Measure Your Head

Using a cloth tape measure, have someone place the tape measure around your head in the location just above your ears, where a hat would fit. The tape measure should be snug, then read the exact measurement. We can then convert that measurement to your hat size.

By using the hat terminology list below, you can help us determine what type of hat will fit your head the best.
This is an important part of getting a cowboy hat to fit you properly.

Hat Terminology

Long Oval – Longer from your forehead to the back of your head.
Example: When you put on a cowboy hat, does the hat fit tightly on your forehead?

Round Oval – Wide from side to side of your head.
Example: When you put on a cowboy hat does the hat fit tightly on the sides of your head?

Self Band – Hat band made of the same material and color that the hat is made, usually trimmed with a 3 piece buckle set.

Bound Edge – Thin ribbon sewn on the edge of the brim of the hat.

Flanigan’s Proper Care For Cowboy Hats

To put your hat on or to remove your hat, handle the hat in the front and the back, where the brim meets the crown.
Avoid pulling on the brim or pushing down on the top of the crown of the hat.

To remove dust and surface dirt from your felt hat use a soft hat brush, brushing the dust off the hat.
To remove surface dirt from your straw hat, simply wipe with a clean damp cloth.

Avoid exposing your cowboy hats to heat from, stoves, lamps, and car windows.
The combination of heat and perspiration will shrink the sweatband.

Water is typically not good for your cowboy hat. If you should get it wet, do not rush the drying process with any type of heat. Shake off the excess water. Turn down the leather sweatband and stand the hat on the sweatband so it can dry naturally in an open environment. Don’t rest the hat on its brim, as this could cause it to lose its shape. Putting a wet hat in an enclosed place will cause it to mildew.

Store your hat upside down, on the crown. Do not store your hat on the brim it will cause it to flatten.

Store your hat in a Hat Carrier with an adjustable pedestal to hold the hat like it is on your head is the best.
Your hat can also be stored in the hat box it came in.