The easiest way to measure your head is by following these simple steps:
- Get yourself a cloth measuring tape or you can use a string then measure the string with a ruler
- Measure around your head beginning about the mid-forehead area and about one finger’s width above your eyebrows.
- Circle right around your head just above the ear and going straight around the widest part of your head
- Take the measurement to the nearest 1/8th inch
- Take the measurement you get and look at the chart below to find your hat size
- Size up if you are between sizes
Tip: Your hat should rest about 1/8th of an inch above your ears. Padded strips are an easy fix to a loose fitting hat!
Hat Sizing Chart *
Adult Hat Size
Sized Stretch Fit
|21 1/4||54||6 3/4||Small (S)||Small/Medium (S/M)|
|21 5/8||55||6 7/8|
One Size Fits Most
|22 3/8||56.8||7-1/8||Medium/Large (M/L)|
|22 3/4||57.8||7-1/4||Large (L)|
|23 1/8||58.7||7 3/8|
|23 1/2||59.7||7 1/2||XL||Large/XL (L/XL)|
|23 7/8||60.6||7 5/8|
|24 1/4||61.6||7 3/4||XXL|
|24 5/8||62.5||7 7/8|
Children's Hat Size
|Inches||Centimeters||Fitted||Easy Fitted||Stretch Fitted||
|19 3/8||49.2||6 1/8||S||Toddler|
|19 3/4||50.2||6 1/4||S/M|
|20 1/8||51||6 3/8||M||Child|
|20 1/2||52||6 1/2|
|20 7/8||53||6 5/8||L||L/X||Youth|
|21 1/4||54||6 3/4|
|21 5/8||55||6 7/8||XL|
Store your cowboy hat upside down on its crown to help keep its shape. You also want to keep your hat away from high heat which can cause the sweatband on a cowboy hat to shrink. As the sweatband shrinks, this will cause the cowboy hat itself to shrink, too. Therefore, a cowboy hat that is left exposed to high heat for extended periods may no longer fit.
To make sure this does not happen to your cowboy hat, never leave your cowboy hat in a car or the trunk during warm weather or near other high heat sources. The best place to store your hat is in a hat box or at the very least in a dry a cool place if you will not be wearing it very often. If you wear your hat frequently you can store your hat on a hat rack.
Avoid handling your cowboy hat by the crown. If your hands are dirty or oily they will leave spots on the leather. You should always pick up your hat, put it on or take it off by the brim. When adjusting your cowboy hat, hold it by the front and back of the brim to make the adjustment.
Every Cowboy Hat reacts differently to moisture and to getting wet. The quality of the materials used to construct your hat will generally determine how well your hat will withstand getting wet. Remember, cowboy hats are “tools of the trade” for the working cowboy and they expect them to get weathered over time.
Your hat too may get wet but you must also be aware that it may lose its shape and/or soften up, among other things, if it gets completely drenched in a downpour. Just be sure to NOT dry your cowboy hat near a heat source. Instead, just let it dry naturally – preferably by hanging on a Hat Rack. Another tip for you if your hat gets wet is to flip the sweatband outward and set the hat upside down on its crown to allow it to dry naturally.
If you plan on using your hat in rainy weather, consider getting a Rain Cover for your hat. They’re not expensive and they will protect your investment if you’re caught in the rain.