Stetson, Resistol, and Milano Hat Size and Fit
For the hat that will hold up the best, hat manufacturers use an "X" rating. This determines the amount of animal felt used to make the hat.
The higher the "X" rating, the better quality of hat (ex. 2X, 3X, 4X, etc.)
The Stetson Cavalry Hat is a 3X fur felt hat. For your size, your hat should fit snug, not tight, and it should sit level across your forehead, with approximately an inch (2.5-cm) above your eyebrows and a finger width above your ears.
To find your size, hold a piece of string or a fabric tape measure about a half inch (1.3 cm) above your ear. Wrap the tape measure around your head and across your forehead. If you are between hat sizes, order the smaller size. See the chart below to assist you.
For the best looking hat for your head, we suggest that the crown of your hat is the same height (brim to top of crown) as your face (brim to bottom of chin) and the brim width be proportional to your face width. People of average to large body types can wear 3 1/2" to 4" brims while smaller body types should consider wearing hats with brims of 3 " to 3 1/2".
However, reshaping a wide brim upwards can effectively narrow any hat's visual width, and all of us Cav Troopers reshape the front of our brims downwards anyways! If you are uncertain about the exact size or if you are between sizes, go with the next size up. Hats that are too tight can be stretched, and a hat band or insert can be purchased for hats that are too big.
Your Milano Hat Fit
You may have found that when buying boots or shoes, you wear different sizes in different brands, or the same size and style boot made by one company fits different from a boot made by another company. Similarly, you may find that a size 7 hat from another manufacturer will fit differently than a hat of the same size from Milano Hat Company, Inc. These variations are caused by differences in manufacturing methods and equipment. Getting the right size When selecting your hat size, measuring your head will provide the most accurate results. Don’t use your patrol cap, beret, ICH, ball cap, or beanie as a reference. For your size, your hat should fit snug, not tight, and it should sit level across your forehead, with approximately an inch (2.5-cm) above your eyebrows and a finger width above your ears.
You can figure your hat size by measuring around your head with a cloth tape measure. Just place the tape around your head, making sure it is about an inch or so above your eyebrows and goes around your head where a hat would settle. Take the measurement in inches to the 1/8th of an inch (or to the closest in centimeters) and convert it to your head size using the chart below. Don’t try to determine your hat size by measuring the inside of your hat. This would result in your new hat being too small. If you are uncertain about the exact size or if you are between sizes, Milano recommends that you go with the next size up. Hats that are too tight can be stretched (with one of our Hat Jack hat stretchers). We offer sizing tape and removable hat inserts to adjust hats that are too big.