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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You Need To Get Your Head Checked Before You Shop Online

It is incredibly difficult finding a hat that fits (not just the head band but the style too) and buying a hat online is a challenge just like any other aspect of online shopping. With hats there is the redeeming feature that you have the added ability stuff the inside of the hat band to try and make it snug but it's a band-aid solution and I've greedily accumulated but never worn two wonderful limited edition Akubra hats merely because the size is wrong. Of course, you don't care about the size so much as the style until you genuinely need a hat to stay on your head and to wear it for a full day in, for example, a rural environment. Then you really get to understand that a hat that fits stays with you until it's absolutely dead to you, until it's been eaten away to it's bare skeleton - like a half decomposed animal. Spend a day with a proper Australian farmer and you will understand this a bit better.

Luckily, Stephen Temkin of Leon Drexler has a very functional and well written instruction sheet on his website on how to measure your head. As our heads don't change girth very much as adults unless we grow our hair out, you will find this a very useful bit of information, which, once done properly, will give you a lot more confidence to shop online for hats. Click on the page here . To see more of the spectacular work of Stephen Temkin, log onto Leon Drexler now.

Measuring Your Head
(Courtesy Of The Leon Drexler Website)

Understanding the bone structure of the skull will help you to properly measure your head for a hat. The bottom rim of your hat’s sweatband should sit securely and comfortably a little bit above your ears, supported by the outermost protrusions of the front and back of your skull. These protrusions are
the shallow ridge just above the middle of your forehead where the frontal bone begins to sharply slope down toward the brow, and the bulge at the back of the head formed by the occipital bone. When measuring your head, the tape should clear the top of your ears and traverse these two points. The red dotted line on the picture below shows the basic idea. Of course, depending upon the particular proportions of your head, the size and position of your ears, as well as any preferences regarding how you want your hat to fit,
you may want to apply some adjustments to this position.



You can measure your head by yourself, but it is much easier if someone assists you. You are asked to provide the measurement in both inches and centimetres. However, do not merely convert one to the other. Taking each measurement separately and then only checking afterwards to see if they align will help to ensure a consistent and reliable reading. It never hurts to repeat the procedure two or three times. To measure your head, wrap the tape around your head as shown, making sure the tape clears the top of your ears. Pull the tape so that it feels secure, without slack yet comfortable. Take the reading of the circumference to the nearest eighth of an inch. If you need to round off the number, it is best to round up. Then do the same with the metric side of the tape, rounding up to the nearest millimetres. Check the two numbers on each side of the tape to see if they line up. If there is a discrepancy in the alignment of more than a couple of millimeters or a sixteenth of an inch, try again. Repeat until you feel confident your measurement is correct.



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