Buying a hat is not as easy as it looks. With clothes or shoes, you could probably try out different pieces and find the right fit eventually. With a hat though, the problem is that most head sizes don't usually conform to the regular hat sizes that are available in the shops. If you're not finicky or choosy about the hat you want to buy, then you could walk into the nearest store, try a number of hats and pick one with which you're comfortable. End of story! On the other hand, if you are one of those people who enjoy wearing hats and are very particular about the style and fit, then you will not be happy picking a hat off the rack. In such a case, you will need to get a custom-made hat. This article tells you about how you can measure your correct hat size and get your special custom-fit hat made.
Hat sizes are not important. While most of the hats do come with a size label, there is much confusion about the exact measurements, especially when you're trying to convert inches into centimeters or vice versa. Therefore, never look at hat sizes when trying out hats. The best way to get the right snug fit for your hat is to measure your head, down to the last inch or centimeter.
Measuring you head. You will need a good tape measure to get the most accurate measurement of your head. Get someone to help you if you are not able to do it by yourself. Take all the time you need, measuring in a hurry may result in taking incorrect measurements.
The correct place to measure. The human head is of many sizes and shapes, and even on a single head, the measurement is not the same all around. Therefore, it is important to getting measurements at the right place on your head. You cannot just wind the tape around your forehead and then decide that, that is the correct measurement for your head. One way to find out where exactly to set the measuring tape is to wear a hat you already own and see where it settles on your head. The ideal spot is usually above the center of the forehead, about one eighth of an inch over both years, and on the top slope of the lump in the back of your head.
Getting the measurements. Place the measuring tape around your head, in the spots mentioned in the previous step, snugly. The tape should be wound around your head in a compact manner, not too loose, and not too tight. Once you've positioned the tape exactly where you want it, make a note of the exact measurement, down to one eighth of an inch. Measure a few more times, positioning the tape at various heights, till you've found the perfect fit and make a note of the tape reading.
Another way to measure your head size is to use a strip of cloth and use it in the same way as a measuring tape. Mark the right spot and then lay it against a measuring tape to get a numerical reading. Take your measurements to the nearest hat maker and you should soon be able to own your very own, custom-made, unique hat.