How to Measure for the Perfect Western Hat

            When you are measuring for your hat size, you will need a soft tape measure. Place the start of the tape at the middle of your forehead above the eyebrows. Wrap the tape around your head just above the ears. This will give you the head measurement in inches.

                The measurement in inches can be converted into a hat size for you.  The below chart that illustrates the conversion between inches and hat sizes. Take note that all manufacturers have different size points in hats. This is a generalized chart.

Measure around the widest part of your head or where you intend to wear the hat.
Head in cm 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62
Head in Inches 19 1/8 19 1/2 19 7/8 20 1/4 20 3/4 21 1/8 21 1/2 21 7/8 22 1/4 22 5/8 23 23 1/2 23 7/8 24 1/4
Hat Size 6 1/8 6 1/4 6 3/8 6 1/2 6 5/8 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 7 1/8 7 1/4 7 3/8 7 1/2 7 5/8 7 3/4

               Next you can choose which crown measurement best fits you.  The hat crown is measured from the bottom of the hat band, located directly in the middle of the crease, to the middle dip of the crown. Changing the size to be either shorter or taller will depend of the stature of the person. Women tend to go shorter in crown height so the hat in not overwhelming in size. In general a crown measurement is 4 ½” and can be altered anywhere between 4” and 4 ¾”.


           Choosing the right size brim is determined by facial features. The brim size highlights and emphasizes facial features.   Generally brims measure 4” and depending on the persons facial structure can vary between 3 ¾” and 4 ¼”. The brim is measured from the bottom of the hat band to the edge of the brim. The measurement should be taken in the back of the hat at the flattest part.


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  5. GLH Troy
    Thanks for info just bought my first Stetson 4X Beaver in Acorn w/ 41/2″ crown and 4″ brim as I just found out. Thanks again I think this is a Stampede model which may be a Vintage hat in like new condition.
    Thanks a lot for help.

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