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What Size Hat Should I Buy?


For those out there shopping for a hat for the first time or shopping for someone else, selecting the right hat size could be an intimidating task. It doesn’t have to be. Here are a few simple tips to help you select the right hat size whether the hat is for you or someone else.  

Hat size is based on the circumference of the head. If you don’t own any hats to use as a reference you need to take a measurement of your head. Using a tape measure or a string, start your measurement about ½” above your eyebrows and circle your head. If using a string compare the resulting length against a ruler. If the measurement is between sizes, go with the larger size. Like other clothing items, sizes may vary from one manufacturer to another.

Another thing to keep in mind is how the hat owner intends to wear the hat. For example, if you prefer to wear it low over your eyebrows, you’ll want to go with a slightly larger hat.

Beanies usually come in “one size fits all” which will vary based on the brand and the design. One thing to consider when selecting a beanie is the length and the size of the cap area. If you want to wear the beanie like Marvin Gaye, short and cuffed, choose a shorter beanie relative to your head size. You would choose a beanie with a longer cap area if like to wear the beanie low or you have a lot of hair.