Nothing says western wear like a good cowboy hat. And when it comes to cowboy hats, there’s more to buying one than just grabbing one off a shelf. Most western hats are made of felt, straw or wool. The most common type, felt, is categorized by X markings, which denote the amount of beaver fur used in making the hat and are usually found on the inside of the crown. Hats with a higher X value are more expensive, but are also usually more durable and feel more comfortable. One important factor to consider is face shape of the person who will be wearing the hat. Guys with thin, elongated faces look best in hats with a medium crown height. Full, round faces look better in hats with a low crown height.