Thursday, February 10, 2011

How to Measure Your Head for a Hat and Determine Your Headsize

Every woman can wear a hat. Most are drawn to them and can't really resist trying one on. Yet from time to time I'll hear "Oh, I love these hats!  I wish I could wear one but I just don't look good in hats!"

Well, here's the good news. You can wear a hat. And look amazing in it.  After you know your headsize, you can find the right hat, and wear it correctly. It all starts with measuring your head and knowing your headsize.

It's really quite simple, all you need is a tape-measure and well, your head .  At eyebrow level, wrap the tape around your head pulling only enough to hold it in place.  Eyebrow level is about where your hat would sit.

  •  Do not pull tightly on the measuring tape. It should be snug, but comfortable, just like you want your  hat to be.
  • Do not include your ears even though you will always tuck them in to your hat if needed. 
  • Measure twice.  Seriously, you'd be amazed at the different results you can get until you get it right. 

The average head size for a woman is 22 1/2 inches.  This can vary greatly from woman to woman and can be as small as 21 or as large as 25.  Big hair will bump you up a bit as will a ponytail.  I am happy to say that I have not found any correlation between head size and intelligence.

Hat Measuring Chart

US 6 58 6 34 6 78 7 7 18 7 14 7 38 7 12 7 58 7 34 7 78 8
UK 6 12 6 58 6 34 6 78 7 7 18 7 14 7 38 7 12 7 58 7 34 7 78
CM 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64
Inches 20 34 21 14 21 58 22 22 12 22 34 23 14 23 58 24 24 12 24 34 25 14

Do take your measurement twice, the second time being "for good measure."  No explanation needed there.  Do remember your headsize, especially if it is not average, so that you can find the right hat  and style for you.
And don't forget, we all wear different sizes for clothing and shoes.  Why would a hat be any different?

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