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I'm a communications specialist with a passion for vintage and I run an online vintage business called Vintage Baubles & Bits.

I consider myself a saver of beautiful items from the past and a repurposer of treasures!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vintage Hats and How to Measure Your Head

This weekend I scored some awesome vintage hats at estates sales and thought I'd share a few with you, as well as tips to measuring your head to make sure that awesome hat you order online is going to fit you!

1950s Rabbit Fur Winter Hat
 The first step to buying any hat online, vintage or not is to measure your head, or the head of the person you are buying for. An easy guide for that can be found here.But the basics are grab a soft tape measure, put the edge of it at the center of your forehead, wrap it around and record the number where it meets.

For example my head size is 22in - that makes me a standard size 7 in US hat measurements. View the handy dandy chart at the end of this blog to figure out your size.

Ro-Mae Exclusive Green Felt and Feather Hat
When I measure a vintage hat the main thing I'm measuring is the inside circumference to figure out the size. Now not all vintage hats are made to go around your head. Many are meant to sit on top of your hair on on top of your head, not around it. For those head size isn't as important as your vintage style or the style of the era you're portraying. I try to wear the hats I sell as they were styled to go so you get an idea of how it would look in practice.

Keep these tips in mind as you search out vintage hats and you're sure to find just the right hat, or hats for you!

Valerie Modes Red Velvet Hat - US Made
And if you're in the market for a vintage hat, please check out my Etsy shop, as I'll be adding hats in the next few weeks from my findings this weekend!
1950s Betmar Black Velvet Hat with Band
Winter Rabbit Fur Hat, No Brim


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