How to Determine Your Hat Size

 Have you seen our video on how to correctly measure your head to obtain your hat size? We’ve had good feedback on the information in both the video and text at our What Is My Hat Size? page.

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.

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.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on January 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I enjoyed reading your blog. This is my first time visiting your site and I plan to check it out more often. I could learn a few thingas about hats from you( a lot).

    By the way I love hats and have been wearing them since a child. My dad was a very dapper dresser because of the many hats he owned. He always made sure his hat coordinated with his suit, tie and shoes.

    He made a very good statement for a barber from Jamaica.

    He also knew the benifit of getting a hair cut that would make his hat fit, the importance of measuring his head so that he could buy the right fitted hat and most of all he knew how to care for a hat so he would get the long term wear out of it.

    He was showy with his hat but then he look goood all dressed up. That’s what a well fitted hat does to you all by itself. For me I think how you handle yourself while wearing a hat can help to can inspire others, and make someone smile.

    Individuals with hair loss from an illness like myself often wear hats as a covering; but I wear mine mostly because it feeds my inner spirit.
    I prefer to wear my hat some where between high and medium on my head. It’s sits and fits just enough not to have the wind take it off.

    Hat on!


  2. Thanks for reading Suavey. I like that you wear hats because they feed your inner spirit. Stay well!

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