Most of the ready-made hats in the lower price market are made for a 22 inch round head. Your head is not round. So the hat may be cute and a great price but too big, put too much weight on your ears or just slip and slide around. This standard sizing is a challenge to those who find hats too large and to those who find them too small.
Of course, if you are financially able or willing to save for it, you can buy a well fitted hat from any of the higher end hat shops but what's the fun in that?
Advice for the ladies who find standard hats too small:
Most of you will find tams or newsboy style hats may fit. Others will wear turbans or scarves or head bands. Clip-in flowers or fascinators are a good choice too. Pin in a piece of boa or a large bendable feather in your hair to create a hat of your dreams.
Advice for the ladies who find standard hats too big:
Weather stripping that is found at the large home supply stores and hardware stores in the insulation department works well. Consider using the stripping just on the sides of your hat to create a more oval shape.
Foam from the upholstery department, cut in strips and glued inside the hat works. Also suede or chamois material works well too.
There are also hats on the market that have an elastic strip stretched around the inside of the hat. The fit is adjustable. Cowgirl shaped hats often have this and it is one of the reasons for their popularity. The shape of the cowgirl hat is oval which also creates a better fit.
Building on the cowgirl designed hats; others have tried a similar homemade trick: Take piece of elastic a little smaller than the inside of the hat and sew it to the grosgrain ribbon around the inside of the hat. Tah dah! The hat fits perfectly. If there isn't any ribbon on the inside of the hat, take strips of felt and glue to the inside of the hat then attach the elastic. This work too.
Take squares of 1/4 to 1 inch foam and glue it inside the hat wherever you need pressure taken off or a better fit.
Many ladies find that allowing air space between the top of their head and the hat lessens perspiring. Choose a more open weave hat. It will help.
Think of a helmet and the web framework that is inside it to create a good fit and take pressure off your ears. Stitch/glue a strip of elastic or fabric from the back of the hat to the front. Then stitch/glue a strip from ear to ear. Be sure to allow enough length in the strip so the hat fits the way you want it to. Try to pin or baste it in place first.
Just a reminder, that most straw type hats are painted. They can fade and the paint can flake. The upside of this is that they can be re-painted and made to look like new. If you paint your own hat make a note of the color and brand you used so you know what to use to retouch it.
Most feathers, flowers and other decorations are dyed. In moist air or rain they can fade (right on to your hair!) and the color can run. Take care where you put a damp or wet hat.
We hope this information helps you find your perfect fit for you!