How to know which hat size you are

Have you been having trouble determining the size of your hat? Is determining your hat size not a top priority for you when buying a hat?

We occasionally have trouble finding hats that fit since, as we all know, our heads aren't all the same size.

It may fall off, be overly tight, or simply be uncomfortable to wear at times. It's aggravating to see those hats thrown away or hung in a corner. It's either a waste of our hard-earned money or a source of dissatisfaction for the style we desire.
So, if you want to buy hats and/or have a hat collection, this is the place to be.

We are going to dedicate this blog article to a very important aspect of a hat: its size.

The size of a hat is one of the most important details. If you don't know the right size, you run the risk of the hat being too tight and bothering you, or too loose and falling off your head.
We have some instructions on how to measure your head properly to determine your hat size.


  • Measure the Circumference of your Head


The first thing to do is to measure the circumference of your head with a flexible tape measure (tailor’s tape) or a piece of rope equally around your head until it overlaps. For the best accurate measurement, keep it about 1/8 inch above your ears.


  • Don't over-tighten the tape measure.


When measuring with a piece of string or a flexible measuring tape, don't pull it too tight once it's wrapped around your head. You don't want it to be too loose that it hangs down, but pulling it too tight can change your measurements and result in inaccurate fitting.

As a general rule, draw the thread as tight as you'd like the hat to feel around your head. Remember that some hats should be looser than others, so keep that in mind when pulling the thread tight.


  • Start at the center of the forehead and end at the same point.


If the result is between two sizes, it is always advisable to choose the larger size. Consider also the haircut or hairstyle, and if it is to be changed.

Refer to the hat size guide below. 


Illustration of a woman's head and a measure tape

Size guide

Hat sizes are usually expressed in inches, centimeters or letters. In the United States the measurements are in inches, and elsewhere the measurements are in centimeters.

Use the hat sizing chart to convert this measurement in inches to a hat size as well as to know about the equivalence between the different systems.


Chart explaining different hat sizes

Note: The above guide is based on industry standards and can vary depending on the manufacturer.


How to adjust the hat a little

All the hats in our shop have a band around the inside of the hat so that you can put a Velcro fastener inside to correct small size differences, reducing the hat up to one size down.

We also have hats in our shop that have an elastic band on the inside to adjust the size.


HatInside a hat


Now that you know the size of your hat, you just need to choose the model. 

At Latin's Hand you will find hats for men and hats for women in different types, styles and color tones to match your outfit for all kinds of occasions.

You can browse the huge range of hats available at  once you've chosen your specific hat size, and your new perfectly fitted favorite hat is only a few clicks away.

We have available Panama Straw Hats as well as Palm Leaf Hats. Here are some of the styles we have: fedora elegant, fedora premium, cordova, wide brim fedora, wide brim floppy etc. For more information please visit