Hat Sizing & Care
Sizing for a Hat
The easiest way to determine your hat size is as simple as using a piece of string and a ruler.
Step 1Wrap the piece of string around the back of your head approx. 1/8" above your ears and meet the two ends at the center of your forehead just above your eyebrows as shown in the diagram. The string should be comfortable on your forehead and not too tight.
Step 2Unwrap the string from your head and measure it with the ruler. Round up to the nearest 1/8” and find the corresponding hat size on the chart below. For example, we measured the string at 22 inches. Using the hat guide below, we can see our hat size matches up to a Medium.
Please Note: Hat sizing is not a perfect science. Many factors can affect the fit of a hat such as manufacturer, material and hairstyle. This chart is a helpful guide and an approximation of size.
Now that you have purchased your Fashionable Hat, you need to know how to take care of it. Proper care and cleaning will give you years of fashion statements with your hat.
Simple handling techniques will drastically lengthen the life of your hat. Always be sure to handle your hat with clean hands. Dirty, oily hands or gloves will be sure to ruin your hat.
Once your hands are clean, be sure to lift your hat by the brim and not the crown. Continually lifting your hat by the crown will cause the crown to lose its stiffness and weaken its ability to hold its shape. It could even cause creases to form in the crown that cannot be removed. Simply lift the hat from underneath and grasp the front and back of the brim to maintain the hat’s shape.
Storing a hat on a flat surface while resting on its brim can permanently ruin the shape of your hat. If it must be stored on a flat surface, store it upside down resting on its crown. This will help preserve the shape of your hat. If it stays too long on a flat surface, it will eventually flatten out the brim. If possible, store your hat on a hat rack or a peg. Please remember though, if stored on a peg for too long, the force of gravity could also cause the hat to lose its shape. If you do not wear your hat very often, store it in a hat box that supports both the brim and the crown. Keep the box in a cool, dry place. Moisture can cause irreversible damage to your hat if it remains damp for a long period of time. Never store your hat in direct sunlight or hot, dry places like a car. This can also cause irreversible damage to your hat.
Cleaning & General Hat Maintenance
Most hats are fairly simple to keep clean, but always be sure to check the label of your hat for specific cleaning instructions. A soft bristled brush works great for keeping the dust off of your hat. Brushing it regularly will not only keep it looking its best, but will also lengthen the life of your hat. There are many hat brushes on the market, but a shoeshine brush will do in a pinch. Just remember, if you have a dark hat, you will want a dark brush and vice versa.
All hats, unless they are specifically made to go out in the rain, should remain dry. It is not the end of the world if it gets wet, but there are some simple steps to follow to ensure your hat will recover from that sudden downpour. First of all, DO NOT use heat to dry your hat. This can distort or shrink your hat. Always let your hat dry naturally. The best way to allow this to happen is to flip the sweatband out of the hat and set the hat on a towel, brim down to avoid flat spots on the crown. A wet hat will dry in the form that you leave it in so you will want to carefully reshape the hat to its proper form.
If your hat has oily stains from hair products, lotions or body oils, simply sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder on the stained area. Allow it to sit for several hours and then take a soft bristled brush to the area and brush it away. This simple remedy can work on most styles of hats including leather and suede.
For those hats that have ribbons, flowers or other decorations on them, it is best to remove them to clean them separately. This will ensure that the whole hat is cleaned thoroughly. The decorations can then be hand washed or refreshed with steam. If the decorations cannot be removed, brush them gently with the soft bristled brush. If that does not work, try using a hair dryer set on the lowest cool setting to blow the dust off.
Cleaning & Specific Hat Maintenance
Felt: If your felt hat is stained, there are many cleaners on the market that will help you get that stain out, but you may be able to rub it out yourself. There are many suggestions out there, but try starting simply by rubbing the stain with a gum eraser or a make-up sponge. Gently rub the stain until it disappears. If this does not work, you may try one of the many hat cleaners that are out there, but as always, be sure to carefully read the instructions to avoid further damage to your hat.
If a felt hat gets wet, it can be a little more difficult to get it to hold its shape. One of the best ways to help this is to stuff the hat with white cloths. This will help soak up the water and help the hat hold its shape. Be sure to use white cloths as color can sometimes bleed into the hat and be sure to change the cloths every couple of hours to help speed the dry time. Be sure that the hat is completely dry before storing it.
Straw: While a soft bristled brush can work well for a straw hat, it may need a little more help to get the dust and dirt off of it. A clean, damp white cloth can be used to clean off the stubborn dirt and dust. Be sure that the cloth is not too wet and do not use a colored cloth as it could transfer the color to the straw fibers. It is important to wipe any perspiration stains with a damp cloth as soon as possible after wearing. The body salts can cause the straw to discolor and by wiping the hat directly after wearing, you can prevent it from becoming discolored.
Leather & Suede: Leather and suede should always be treated with some kind of a water proofing material. This will help the hat to stay good looking, longer. There are many different kinds on the market so do your research and find the one that will work best for the particular material that your hat is made of.
Sweatbands on leather and suede hats should be cleaned frequently to ensure that the perspiration stains do not soak through and stain the rest of the hat. Flip the sweatband down after wearing and allow it to thoroughly dry before storing. This will also help keep stains from the rest of the hat. If the sweatband is fabric, clean it occasionally with a mixture of a mild soap and water. A soft brush can be used to apply the mixture to the band and then use a damp, white cloth to blot the band clean.
Allow the band to dry completely before flipping it back inside the hat. If the band is leather, be sure to use a leather cleaner on it. There are many great options out there that will help keep the band stain and odor free. Be sure to do your research and find one that will work best for your hat. You may also want to look into a leather conditioner or lotion to help keep the leather looking smooth and supple.