How to Measure Your Bucket Hat Size to Ensure a Perfect Fit

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The bucket hat is the perfect piece of headgear for the spring and summer months. With things finally opening up across the globe, a good fitting bucket hat is perfect for such outdoor activities including hiking, golfing, fishing, boating and more. Not only is it in style but it has plenty of utility that will keep you safe from the sun. However, finding a bucket hat that fits comfortably on your head can be slightly difficult when compared to other headgear. In this article you will learn how to measure your hat size for a perfect fit.

Perfectly Sized Bucket Hat

Why Are Bucket Hats Difficult to Measure?

Before we go into measuring a hat size, why are bucket hats so hard to measure? Because most are not numerically sized, the common 59FIFTY fitting sizes won't help. The sizing typically runs at S/M and/or L/XL split, which can be confusing. A simple piece of advice on how to measure hat size is by simply trying on the hat in person and returning it if it does't fit. However, in the age of e-commerce and online shopping, this can be frustrating and time consuming. When looking for the perfect hat size, you want to make sure that the crown of the hat really fits on the circumference of your head. Meaning you want to have some wiggle room around your noggin, when measuring a hat size.

How to Measure a Bucket Hat Size

Measuring Tape for Hat Size

To avoid the frustrations of buying a hat that does not fit, here is a foolproof way to find the perfect fit. The simplest way is to find a hat that you already have that is similar in size and style to the hat you are looking for. However, if that does not work, there's another way to measure your hat before making your first bucket hat purchase: measure your head! Here are the typical hat sizes for adults: S/M (57.5 cm), M/L (60.5 cm), and XL (62.5). Now that you know these sizes, let's find the circumference of your head! Step one is to grab a tape measure or piece of string. Next, wrap it around your head, above your ears and across your eyebrows. Step two is to stick your finger under the tape so that there is a little room for comfort, and now you have your hat size! If you used a string, use a ruler or measuring tape to calculate the length of the portion used to wrap around your head.

Now that you have the measurement for your hat size, here are some added considerations. What makes bucket hats so functional is that they can protect you from the sun! However, not all bucket hats are equipped with UPF 50 fabrics. In short UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing works to protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays. If you're an avid outdoors person like we are at Rayward Apparel, having a bucket hat that can protect is a must have. In fact, Rayward Apparel's Sun Ops UPF 50+ collection of bucket hats is perfect fit for your next outdoor venture!

Now that you know how to find your perfect bucket hat size, go ahead and hit the outdoors in style!