Hats for big heads

Hats for Big Heads: Where to Shop When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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For years, finding hats that actually fit my head has been nearly impossible. Sure, every so often I’ll come across an unattractive ball cap that fits, or some kind of ski cap for really cold weather, but that’s not what I want – I want flatcaps and fedoras and those military style hats. Hell, I’d even try an earflap hat if I could find one that fit me well. A good hat can add style to a plain outfit, and I know there’s many a time I could use an extra boost in the style department. I know I’m not the only one.

We’re in luck! There ARE places to shop that carry hats for those with more to cover up there. We did some searching and put together a list of the best places to shop for hats in extended sizes. The colors, styles and fabrics run the spectrum, so with a little browsing, you’ll be able to find something that fits your exact look.

It can be helpful to have your hat size. Some places you shop might not keep sizing as simple as M/L/XL, so having the exact dimensions of your melon can come in handy. Courtesy of Google, here are a few places that can walk you through measuring your head.

Now, to the good part – where to shop!

Goorin Bros Chevelle Duckbill Ivy

The Chevelle, by Goorin Bros.

Goorin Bros.: The good folks at Goorin Bros. aren’t playing around. By my math, they have 250+ men’s hats to choose from. A veritable bonanza of hats in just about every style you can imagine. The company has been around since 1895, so they’ve had time to perfect the art of hatmaking. I’m partial to the Chevelle, the Takashi, the Miyagi, and of course, the Bruce. The vast majority of Goorin Bros. hats come in multiple sizes, but if the L/XL isn’t working for you, there’s always the XXL section.

Brixton: While they haven’t been around as long as Goorin Bros., Brixton makes hats that fit a variety of styles and personalities. Created in 2004, their goal is to make modern yet traditional clothing and accessories that customers will want to hold onto forever. Hats like the Brood, the Busker, and the Millshow that the company is doing just that. While there are fewer hats available here in XL (and fewer hats in general), what big hats brixton does offer are quality.

Brixton's Brood Newsboy Snap Cap

The Brood, by Brixton

Hats in the Belfry: We all have needs. If yours are of the head covering variety, Hats in the Belfry is one of the places you should stop. Their site may not be as stylized as the others we’ve discussed, but they offer something those places dont – options. Shop by style, brand, occasion, event, season, or need. Looking for to fit a big head? They’ve got 40 of them available. Take a look at the Dobbs Wellington, the Belfry Samuel, and the New Era EK Drudge to get a feel for what Hats in the Belfry has to offer.

Zappos: If you’re looking for a place that offers a bit of everything, take a look at the hats in XL at Zappos. You’ll find hats from Kangol, Robert Graham, even a few from Brixton. If nothing else on the list is working for you, then


Belfry Samuel by Bats in the Belfry

Zappos is probably the place to go.

There’s our list of places to search for hats that fit oversized heads. There are a few other places, but the ones in this list should give you everything you need to find a hat that fits your head and your style. Where do you shop for hats? Tell us in the comments so that other guys can find what they’re looking for.

Feature photo by Claudio Cicali and Olde Timey photo by j3net

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