Hat Sizing Guide

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Hat sizing can be tricky, especially if you don’t buy them often. As a perfect way to finish off your look, hats look right at home with a suit and can be perfect vacation accessories at the beach. Simply follow out our guide to get you in a perfectly fitting hat!

Mens hat How to Measure

Measuring for your hat size at home can save you time and will be very accurate.

To measure your head accurately, follow our steps:

1. Use a flexible measuring tape for the best results. In a pinch, you can also use a string without stretch, although your results may be slightly less accurate.
2. Take the measuring tape and wrap it gently around your head. Be sure that the tape is located halfway on your occipital bone, the humped part on the back of your head.
3. Mark the exact circumference around the head, and measure a few times to ensure that you have a correct size.
4. Tip: Don’t pull the measuring tape too tightly! Your hat will fit around your head the same way and will be uncomfortable.

Fit Guide

Once you have measured your head, you’ll know your hat size and can start shopping. If you find the best hat for you, keep in mind that not all hats are available in every size. It’s recommended that you size up to the nearest quarter inch or 6.35 millimeters.

The average hat size for a man measures 58 centimeters in a European size, or what is a 7 ¼ size in the U.S. and a 7 1/8 size in the U.K. When shopping for overseas brands or while traveling, just check out Mensflair’s hat size chart to help guide you. We’ve got an international hat size guide that will make your shopping experience for hats even easier.

International Hat Size Chart

British (inch)

U.S. (inch)

European (cm)

6 5/8

6 3/4

54

6 3/4

6 7/8

55

6 7/8

7

56

7

7 1/8

57

7 1/8

7 1/4

58

7 1/4

7 3/8

59

7 3/8

7 1/2

60

7 1/2

7 5/8

61

7 5/8

7 3/4

62

7 3/4

7 7/8

63

7 7/8

8

64

Choosing a Hat

Right. You’ve got no problems with the size—but what about the type of hat to flatter you? Here are some ideas to get you thinking!
• Return to elegance: Try a style that was once a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Wear a trilby or a fedora for a year-round finishing touch. Traditionally, the fedora is a larger, more dramatic hat perfect for town, and a trilby is a more compact hat with a smaller, tapered brim.
• Summertime style: Wear a panama or a boater on vacation or to a resort. The Panama is a recognizable hat from braided leaves of a palm, traditionally made in Ecuador. They’re very dashing and have a requisite ribbon band around them as another distinguishing feature.

Fit Check

Whenever you are trying on a hat—just like anything else—you’ve got to check how each one feels. Wear your usual overcoat or your favorite casual shirt to see how the look will go together. Give your hat a gentle tap and see if it will stay firmly on your head. If it doesn’t squeeze your head and corresponds to the size you’ve measured, then you’re in luck! Try a hat in a smaller and larger size to confirm.

Now that you’re on the way to have a perfectly fitting hat, don’t forget about other accessories that really bring the look home. When buying winter hats, get high quality leather gloves and a scarf to complement and accent your hat. For summer, match your hat with your casual trainers or your beach sandals.


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