Un­der­stand­ing Hat Sizes

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It’s im­por­tant to se­lect a hat de­sign that meets your needs, but it’s equally nec­es­sary to or­der your cho­sen hat in the cor­rect size. A hat that’s too small will feel con­strict­ing and can cause headaches, while a hat that’s too large will con­stantly shift on your head and might fall off or blow away.

Un­for­tu­nately, man­u­fac­tur­ers use sev­eral dif­fer­ent forms of mea­sure­ment: inches, cen­time­ters, let­ter size (e.g. S/M/L/XL), and U.S. hat size (a frac­tional num­ber be­tween 6½ and 8). Adding to the con­fu­sion, some man­u­fac­tur­ers don’t tran­si­tion be­tween sizes at the same points — a 23½-inch head may be con­sid­ered large by some man­u­fac­tur­ers, but an X-large by oth­ers.

For the pur­poses of this ar­ti­cle, we have con­verted all hat sizes to inches. To de­ter­mine your size, sim­ply wrap a tape mea­sure or string around your head at the level where you’d nor­mally wear a hat, keep­ing it snug (but not ex­ces­sively tight). The re­sult­ing mea­sure­ment can be con­verted to any other hat size us­ing the size charts avail­able on each man­u­fac­turer’s web­site. If you’re on the fence be­tween sizes, we’d recommend go­ing with the larger of the two — you can often add pad­ding in­side the sweat­band or cinch it down to fit more se­curely.

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