Vintage Hats: Get That Perfect Fit
inJanuary 18, 2013 - 2:57pm
As vintage hats become more and more popular, different and unique styles/shapes are being found online. Hats are basically sized in inches only with style being a major factor. Some older styles will have a size tag which usually runs 21, 22, and 23. Almost always when measured they will be an inch smaller. Measurements are taken on the inside around the sweatband and your head needs to be measured exactly where the sweatband will run. I've attached a photograph to give you an idea of the most likely two places you will need to measure. Just do it once and start shopping.
Certain hat styles are more forgiving as to sizing and others require an exact fit. Those 1960s pillbox hats are simply perchers. All but the most extremely small head can wear a pillbox. The 1950's clip cocktails are another example of an easy fit. They hug the head with flexible (wired) sides, so fit is usually not a problem. But most hats are not as easy.
You will notice that some of the vintage hats have a tag stating they are adjustable. This is done by taking a few stitches on the sweatband. Take note if the original owner has done this to make it smaller. It is easy to remove the stitches and give you a bit more room or add a few stitches to make it fit snug.
One thing to consider is just how do you want to wear your new hat. Just because a seller displays it set back on the model's head, doesn't mean that is how you intend to wear it. The same goes for hats sitting on the side of the head. In fact I've seen many hats shown on the model on the side of the head when it would be impossible to actually keep it in place while in that position because it wasn't originally designed to be on the side. There has to be interior placement combs, cap or be a banded beret to be worn low on the side, the exception being a a style that sits very slightly to the side. A reputable dealer will show the inside of the hat so you can get an idea of just where the hat will properly sit on your head. If no picture is shown, email the dealer and ask. They will certainly be glad to accommodate you. Never purchase a hat without seeing a photo of the interior. If you are in doubt at all about the sizing do email the seller. We're all nice people and glad to help our customers.
Happy hat shopping!