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Submitted by on January 22, 2011 – 5:09 pm 4 Comments
A cowboy hat by Beaver Brand called "The Duke."

The color and C-crown design of this cowboy hat called the "Duke" by Beaver Brand looks similar to the hat Jeff Bridges wears in "True Grit."

Saddle up, Pilgrims. It is about time we tackle some Western wear on the Hollywood Hatties.

The movie everyone is talking about these days is the remake of True Grit, and yet no one is focused on the hats. The revenge, wit, actors, crisp writing and a dynamite performance by a 14-year-old girlalas no hat talk. What is a cowboy movie with hatless cowboys and girls?

If youÔÇÖve somehow missed it, ÔÇ£True GritÔÇØ is the story of a girl named Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) and her quest for vengeance against her fatherÔÇÖs murderer in the post-Civil War Old West. Self assured and nobodyÔÇÖs fool, Mattie hires U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to track her fatherÔÇÖs killer with her in tow, making sure to see her revenge taken first hand. TheyÔÇÖre joined by a Texas Ranger (Matt Damon) who is searching for the same man. The term ÔÇ£true gritÔÇØ reflects the toughness necessary to successfully see out their mission.

It is a gritty Western loaded with sharp wit and some good action. Very different in tone and pacing from the original with John Wayne in 1969, which was very good for different reasons.

On the hat side of things, thereÔÇÖs no denying the greasy, bullet-eaten hat of BridgeÔÇÖs Cogburn. Talk about grit. That hat has seen it all. All the hats in this film were custom jobs, at least as far their personality goes. However, if you want to try to emulate JeffÔÇÖs hat, start with the Beaver Brand Duke.

The Duke has a higher-profile C-crown like JeffÔÇÖs hat. It comes in a similar color, too. Best of all, it has a wire in the brim that you can shape in any way you like. JeffÔÇÖs hat had a flatter brim, but you can reshape the Duke to the style of your inner cowboy.

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