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How to Determine and Measure Your Hat Size —— Ultimate Guide!

Nantong Foremost Garments & Accessories Co., Ltd. Updated Oct. 11,2022

Whether it is Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, Hats are evergreen. It is one of the essential accessories that we can't skip in any season! If your hat is too big for your head, it will fall off constantly, but if it is too small, it will cause headaches. That's why wearing a hat that is the right size is essential!


For today's guideline, we will introduce women's and men's size measurements, how to measure head size, and the importance of measurement and accuracy. Just take a deep look at it! 


1. Hat Size Chart



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· Women's Sizing

Generally speaking, a women's hat can comfortably fit a woman with a head circumference between 21 1/2 inches and 22 1/4 inches. Manufacturers more commonly address the variation in sizing. Today, they increasingly include an adjustable band or interior drawstring in their design.

· Men's Sizing 

Men's hat sizes can be measured S-XL or numerical values ranging between 6 and 8. Men's hats may also come in one size fits most option, and the range of measurements this can accommodate is typically higher than women's sizing. 


2. How to Measure Your Head Size? 


To measure your head and figure out your hat size, take a measuring tape or a 25-inch string and ruler. Follow these three quick and easy steps: 

1. Measure your head: Using your measuring tape or piece of string, evenly wrap it around your head until it overlaps. Keep it about 1 inch above your ears for the most accurate measurement.

2. Find your size: Take measuring tape or string and measure the length on a ruler. 

3. Use the hat size chart: Take a ruler measurement and find the corresponding size on the chart. The average adult hat size is between 53 and 58 centimeters. 

It is essential to remember that even though there is an industry standard, each hat manufacturer is different.

The average head size for men is size 7 3⁄8 (using U.S. sizing), 58 cm (using European sizing), or 7 1⁄8 (using U.K. sizing). The average head size for women is 7 1⁄4 (U.S. sizing). Of course, head sizes and shapes can also differ from country to country.


First, get a tape measure made from a flexible material like cloth, fabric, or bendable plastic.

Wrap the tape around your head, ensuring you measure above your ears at the area where you prefer to wear your hat. Be sure the video is above your eyebrows.



· Measure several times to ensure an accurate measurement.

· Don't pull the tape too tight.

· The most common male size is 7-⅜, and the average for a female is 7-¼.


3. How to Measure Hat Size?


Hats are practical and fashionable accessories, but for a hat to look good, it needs to fit well, which stresses the importance of measurement. 

There are two kinds of available and specific hat sizes (6 ¾ - 8+). The general rule is to round up if you should fall between sizes.




A. Height of Centre Front 

Take soft measurement tape (or string you'll be able to lay next to a ruler afterward), then measure the center front part.


B. Height of Side Panel 

The second part would be the side panel part; slowly and gently, accuracy matters.


C. Height of Center Back 

The third part would be the center back part.


D. Height of Back Opening 

Then the back opening part.


E. Width of Back Opening 

Fifth, the width of the back opening; don't forget to record after measurement.


F. Width of Visor 

Sixth, the width of the visor.


G. Visor Length 

Seventh, the length of the visor. Write down this measurement, and you can look online to see if it's available in your size.


H. Height of Side Panel 

The last part would be the side panel's height; always check whether there is a sizing chart included with your new baseball cap and follow it accordingly.


If you are using a fitted cap, make sure the hat fits on your head snugly without too much extra material. Otherwise, you might feel uncomfortable wearing the cap and even walking with it on!


For example, if you heard that the average person's head measures 20 inches, it means that a size six fits the range of 20-28. If you are someone whose head is about 22 inches, then a size seven hat should serve you well.

If you are buying a fitted cap, go with something slightly larger than your head so that the fit will be more comfortable.


4. Tips and Tricks for Measuring Your Hat Size?


Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. Quote from Wyatt Earp, an American lawyer.

Measuring for a new hat isn't complicated, but taking an accurate measurement can be crucial to your new cap. To avoid buying a hat you won't be able to wear, follow these three tips. 

1. Measure Twice, Buy Once

If you order a hat based on an incorrect measurement, you may be stuck with a cap that isn't comfortable. Avoid this problem by making a point to measure at least twice before you order.

After the first measurement, write down the circumference in both centimeters and inches. Then measure again. You're probably on track if you get the exact size a second time. The goal is to get the same numbers every time so you can be confident you're buying the right hat. 

2. Size up, Not Down

If you measure your head and the measurement comes out in between numbers, it's a good idea to round up to the next 1/8 inch.

Sizing down may result in a hat that's too tight. We recommend sizing up because using the Hat Sizing Tape; you can always size your hat back down. A hat needs to fit securely, but there's a difference between a secure fit and a fit that leaves you uncomfortable.  

3. Don't Pull the String Tight

If you're using a piece of string or a flexible measuring tape to measure, avoid pulling it too tight once it's wrapped around your head.

A good rule of thumb is to pull the string as tight as you'd want the hat to feel resting around your head. Remember that some hats should fit more loosely than others, so factor that into how tight you pull the string.  


Photo by Dad Grass


5. Common Questions About Hat Sizes?

As you measure your head, it's normal to have questions. Foremost has long been in the hat business, so we're familiar with common questions.

Consider the following:

· What's the Average Hat Size for Men and Women?

The average head circumference for adults falls between 53 centimeters and 58 centimeters.

A man's hat size will be approximately 59 centimeters, while a woman's average hat size will be 57 centimeters.

Remember that an average is a number derived from small, medium, and extensive measurements. It does not reflect the size of the entire population nor account for the variations in fit and feels among different hats. 

· What if I Can't Find My Hat Size?

Most men and women fall somewhere on the hat sizing chart. If you're getting a number that seems off, first make sure your tape measure is correct and isn't twisted. Try measuring again.

If your head is significantly larger or smaller, try different manufacturers and styles of hats. Some may fit better, even if you're an atypical size. 


· What Does "One Size Fits Most" Mean?

Women's hats are often sized as one size fits most hats. This means there aren't individual sizes, such as S-XL or a numerical equivalent.

In some cases, men's hats may also be sized as one size fits most.

Similar to women's hats, the hat is designed to fit a range of head sizes and may come with features, such as an elasticized sweatband, to make it more flexible for a broader range of sizes.  


· What if I Can't Find My Hat Size?

Most men and women fall somewhere on the hat sizing chart. If you're getting a number that seems off, first make sure your tape measure is correct and isn't twisted. Try measuring again, or consult professionals for more ideas.



I hope you all like this guideline, and don't forget to comment below if any questions and tell us or share your experience with us on hats measurement!!

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