Measure Yourself For A Hat

The Measure of Hats

Hats are a great way to keep the sun off your face, finish off a look or, just keep your head warm!

There are many different kinds of hats made from a variety of different fabrics, style and purpose and they all fit just a little bit different to each other. From vintage sophistication to grungy; event ready to frivolous or, simply functional we have a great range!

We thought it might be helpful when shopping online for a hat to have a little trick up your sleeve. Just like any other garment, it is important to check the size as it will be for you - as correctly as possible before investing.

Measure Yourself For A Hat at Painted Bird Vintage

Firstly, you will need determine the circumference of your own head. This ensures that the hat you choose fits comfortably and securely. Here's how you can measure your head for a hat:

Materials Needed:

  • Measuring tape
  • Piece of string or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Mirror (optional)
  • Somewhere to record your measurements such as an old fashioned pen and paper!

A few things to note before you start:

  • If you have long hair, it's a good idea to tie it back or flatten it against your head as much as possible. This ensures that the measurement is accurate and the hat will fit snugly.
  • Different hat manufacturers might have slightly different sizing. Hat sizes are generally given in inches or centimeters, and they typically fall within a range (e.g., 22-23 inches or 56-58 cm).
  • Remember that some hats, like those made of stretchy materials, might have a bit of flexibility in terms of fit.
  • If you like your hat to sit a bit higher, you can pull the string around your head exactly match how your hat rests on your head.

Your head circumference measurement: 

  1. Start by positioning the string around your head about 1/8 of an inch higher than your ear tip. This is where the mirror comes in. Sometimes it is easier to manoeuvre this process in front of a mirror. Start at your forehead wrapping around from just above your eyebrows and above your ears. The string should sit around the widest part of your head for the best result - typically across your forehead and the back of your head.
  2. Cut the string (be careful of your eyes) when you have taken it around your head to obtain the measurement.
  3. Lay the string along a flat surface next to the measuring tape and voila! That is the circumference of your head!

Record the measurement for future reference just as you would your body measurements for garments. Haven't done that yet? Check out our helpful guide here.

Measuring your head a couple of times for correctness and 'feel' is a good idea before you decide on your final measurement. Your comfort matters most of all when picking your hat so it's important that you don't pull the string too tight or leave it too loose. You should aim to have it feel how you would want your hat to feel when you are wearing it on your own head.

After all, if you are confident your hat wont fly off in the wind or give you a headache you will repeat wear your purchase and that is truly a sustainable fashion choice.

    You can also measure the circumference of a hat by placing the measuring tape on the inside edge of the hat's head hole and pulling the measuring tape in a circle until both ends of the measuring tape meet. If you are interested in a hat from our collection we are very happy to do this for you.

    Don't forget: You will always carry any look or style if you are comfortable and confident. Fashion pieces whether garment or accessory that make you work to hard to wear it - end up not worn.

    We think hats are brilliant. Have fun with your looks and this great accessory for your unique style!

    Sustainable Stylist at Painted Bird Vintage

    Painted Bird Vintage Hats
    Some of our fantastic vintage and retro hat collection above showcasing a range of eras and styles. View the rest of the collection here



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