If the shoe fits…but what about my hat?

Ever try wearing a hat that just does not fit right? To tight…head ache. To loose the brim falls over your eyes or the wind blows it off your head! Determining your hat size is paramount to being happy with your hat.

In the U.S., Prior to the late 19th century, hats like a lot of clothing and accessories were made to fit each individual by professional hat makers often refereed to as a milliner or hatter. As mass production of clothing began to increase the need to have standard sizes began to emerge.

In order too correctly fit your hat you will first need to measure your head in inches, so grab a measuring tape and a friend. Measure around your head just above the ears where the brim of the hat will rest, let a friend help you so the tape does not sag and throw off the measurement. Once you have the measurement, in inches, it can then be converted into both U.S. and U.K. sizes. Standard hat sizes are expressed in one eight increments with U.S. sizes running slightly larger than their European counterparts except for the French they have their own thing…oui monsieur!

 

OK…got the size of your head? Great then use this hat size chart to look up your hat size.

Inches
Around
18½ 18¾ 19¼ 19¾ 20-20½ 20 – 21¼ 21 – 22 22 – 22⅞ 23 – 23 ⅝ 24 – 24⅜ 24¾ – 25¼ 25 – 26
US
Hat
Size
5⅞ 6 6⅛ 6 ¼ – 6½ 6⅝- 6¾ 6 ¾ – 7 7 1/8 – 7¼ 7 ¼ – 7½ 7 ½ – 7¾ 7 ¾ – 8 8 – 8¼
UK
Hat
Size
5 6 6 6 1/8 – 6 ⅜ 6 3/8 – 6 ⅝ 6 5/8 – 6 ⅞ 7 – 7⅛ 7 1/8 – 7 ⅜ 7 3/8 – 7½ 7 ½ – 7 ⅞ 8 – 8⅛
French
Hat
Size
0 ½ 1 2 – 2½ 3 – 3½ 4 – 4½ 5 – 5½ 6 – 6½ 7 – 7½ 8 – 8½ 9 – 9½

 

Proper fit is important to both keeping your hat on your head and making it comfortable to wear all day and just a little FYI, hats can even be adjusted after you purchase them to make them fit “oh so snug”. If you do need your hat size adjusted a little then make sure you take it to some one with experience like the Levine Hat Company in downtown St. Louis, with 100 plus years of know how.

Visit them online at levinehat.com or stop by in person. They are conveniently located at 14th and Washington in St. Louis, MO.

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