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» Mission Possible: The Perfectly Sized Hat for Your Head
Why Measure Your Head?
Did you know that your head size frequently changes? Something as simple as getting a hair cut or losing just a couple of pounds can change the size of your head, which of course means that your hat size changes.
For this reason, measuring your head, each and every time you order a hat, is vital.
Our hats fit head measurements from 21 1/4 inches to 25 1/4 inches. With standard head measurements for men's hats being 22 3/4 inches, and the standard head measurement for women's hats being 21 1/2 inches, you can see that we cover every head, from small to medium to extra-large.
Measuring Tips - Before You Start
To get an accurate measurement, use a non-stretch cloth measuring tape instead of a plastic one. If you don't have a cloth measuring tape, you can use a ribbon or string (as long as it is non-stretch).
Measure your head repeatedly until you get the same measurement a few times in a row.
When measuring, choose a comfortably snug fit, not too tight and certainly not too loose. The use of a hat may also determine its best fit: a tighter hat stays on better when its windy outside.
Take Time To Measure
Place the measuring tape around the widest part of your head, resting it where you like your hat to sit.
Usually a hat is worn slightly above the center of the forehead and the ears. At the back of the head, a hat tends to rest about halfway up -- on the bump (which I first thought was a personal deformity, but now understand to be something we all have), called the occipital bone.
There is no right or wrong to this. Fit is subjective: some people wear their hats low, some at an angle and some quite high. Some prefer their fedoras to be angled while porkpies or bowlers sit level.
Eyeball it: use a mirror to ensure the measuring tape is level around the circumference of your head (unless you want to wear the hat at a slight angle).
When you've got the tape positioned, join the leading edge to the tape at any comfortable spot on your forehead and note the number of inches, including fractions of an inch.
Then simply compare the number of inches to the chart below and choose from size Small to 3X, or from Size 6 5/8 to Size 8.
Hat Sizing Conundrums
Remember, if your measurement falls somewhere in the middle of a size range, it's usually advisable to choose the next largest size. Same with when you're trying to decided between "S/M" or "L/XL".
You will notice that some of our hats are "one size fits most". These hats generally have an elastic sweatband to accommodate a wide range of sizes.
If you've got any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-357-4287 and we'd be more than happy to help.