So, you’ve found the perfect hat, but will it fit perfectly or fall off with the wind? You’re probably aware of the sizes of your t-shirts, pants, and shoes, but what about your hat size? It may appear to be an odd piece of clothing to assign a number to, but there are some people who have big heads. Hence, the need to know the hat size.
According to research conducted by the University of Cambridge and Oxford, men have larger head sizes than women. This analysis was carried out on both men and women between the ages of 18 and 59. When making comparisons on people of the same age, researchers discovered that men have brains that are 8% to 13% bigger on average than women. This resulted in larger head circumferences.
So, before we get into more Science, let’s find out how to measure your head size so you can determine your hat size!
How to Measure Your Head Size
Finding the ideal hat is about more than just style and functionality. It’s also about getting the right fit. And hats can complement an outfit and draw attention to your face when they are properly fitted. On the other hand, hats that don’t fit properly may end up in storage in the back of your cabinet. The most fashionable hat in the world will be useless if it constantly falls over your eyes.
If you’re looking for the perfect headwear, it’s critical to determine what size you require before making a purchase. Even hats identified as “one size fits most” aren’t always suitable for all. The first step in determining the best fit for you is to measure your head accurately. To begin, gather a tape measure or a 25-inch string and a ruler. Once you’ve gathered your materials, it’s time to follow the steps below.
Step 1: Use a measuring tape or a piece of string to measure your head.
First, wrap the string or the tape measure around the back of your head just slightly above your ears or about 1/8 of an inch higher than your ear tip. Pull the string or the tape measure around until it meets in the center of your brows, just above your brows. If you prefer your hat to sit higher on your head, pull the string or the tape measure around your head to match how your hat sits on your head.
It is critical that you do not overtighten the string nor the measuring tape. Instead, they should fit snugly around your brow, not too tight or too loose. This should be precisely how you want your hat to feel when it’s on your head.
Note: If you used a string to measure your head size, you could use a pen or marker to mark the distance where the string meets.
Step 2: If you used a string, then you can measure the string with a ruler.
After you’ve marked the circumference point on the string, lay it straight and use a ruler to find the perimeter in inches. You’ll probably have to round up to the nearest 1/8 of an inch.
Step 3: Find Your Hat Size with the corresponding size on the below hat chart.
Once you’ve measured your circumference with a string or a head measuring device, you’ll have the precise measurements you need to use with the hat sizing chart.
For example, suppose your head measures 22 inches around. In that case, you should choose a medium or fitted size with a circumference of 7 to 7 1/8″. You can use our handy hat size chart below to determine your hat size.
How to Measure Your Hat Size
Right now, you already know what your head size is. And so, to determine your proper hat size, you must first understand that hats are available in three general sizes:
- The most common sizes you’ll see here are SM, MD, LG, XL, and occasionally 2 & 3X.
- Half-sizes are the second most popular sizing option on our website. That is, there are usually only two sizes available: SM/MD and LG/XL. There are also 2X sizes available on occasion.
- The more traditional method of sizing is to measure the exact size in inches or centimeters. These sizes are commonly seen on hats that are expensive.
Measuring your head and referring to the hat sizing chart below will provide you with an idea of what size hat you should wear. Nevertheless, it is essential to note that these sizes correspond to not always precisely match brands and styles, and each hat is slightly different.
Men’s hats are frequently available in particular sizes. The sizes range from S to XL, or with numerical values between 6 and 8. It may also be available in a one-size-fits-all option, with a broader range of measurements than women’s sizing.
Hat Sizing Chart for Men
|XS||6 5/8||20 3/4||53|
|S||6 7/8||21 1/2||55|
|M||7 1/8||22 1/2||57|
|L||7 1/4||22 3/4||58|
|XL||7 1/2||23 1/2||60|
|XXL||7 7/8||24 7/8||63|
|XXXL||8 1/8||26 1/2||65|
Note: The size of one’s head varies from person to person. Please measure your head size to ensure that your hats fit correctly. We suggest that you buy a hat that is 0.5 to 1cm larger than your head size for a more comfortable fit.
Your level of comfort also determines hat sizing. If you prefer a hat to fit comfortably for specific designs or a cap to fit slightly loosely, you should account for this in your sizing. When determining the correct hat size, your comfort comes first.
The Bottom Line
Hats serve both a fashion and a functional purpose. Hats have a plethora of uses, from adding the finishing touch to your outfit to providing sun protection. However, regardless of your preferred style, it is critical to ensure that a hat fits appropriately before purchasing it. And we hope this article helped you as you but your next hat.