Every hat company sizes differently, kind of like different shoe companies will size a bit differently. Because of this, if you want to buy one of our hats, you must follow our sizing instructions.
1. Get a cloth measuring tape (you can buy them at any local convenience store), and measure your head where you like to wear your hat. We recommend measuring around the widest part of your head, which should hit the middle of your forehead and be 1/4 - 1/2 inch above your ears.
2. Your measurement to the nearest 1/8 of an inch will have an equivalent to our sizing chart. Depending on what type of fit you desire, your hat size may be the same, but usually larger than your head measurement.
20 1/2" = 6 1/2
20 5/8" = 6 5/8
21 1/8" = 6 3/4
21 5/8" = 6 7/8
22" = 7
22 3/8 = 7 1/8
22 3/4 = 7 1/4
23 1/8 = 7 3/8
23 5/8 = 7 1/2
24" = 7 5/8
24 1/2" = 7 3/4
24 7/8" = 7 7/8
25" = 8
A lot of people are in between the sizes listed. You're in luck, we also make in between sizes.
3. What shape is your head? The shape of your head can greatly affect the way the hat feels. If you are a long oval, you need to specify that when you order the hat so we know to make an adjustment for you. What does long oval mean? We use a device called a conformiteur to get a reading of the shape of your head.
Here are some different head shapes:
If you cannot come in to put our ancient device on your head, than the best way to tell if you are a long oval head is to put on straw or felt hat you have access to and see what the brim does. If the brim appears wavy along the sides, and/or the hat feels tight on the front and back of your head and loose on the sides, than you are most likely a long oval. In this case, indicate this when you order your hat.
If you have any questions at all, call us: 415.221.5332! We can also video chat with you through skype or gmail if necessary.