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Extra Large Hat: How and Where to Buy

Fact: It is very hard to find an extra large hat for a big head, sometimes impossible. Typically hats are one size fits all, which means heads up to about 22.” Some men’s hats come in sizes; but, the sizes don’t fit big heads. One size fits all caps for men typically fit up to a 7 3/4 and are usually sports caps with plastic adjustable strips in the back. Bottomline: Fun hats in lots of colors are hard to find.

Several retailers now offer larger hats in a wide range of useful and fashionable styles:

How to Measure for an Extra Large Hat

Whether a hat is marked “One Size,” or has a size (i.e. 7 3/4) or a measurement (i.e. 24 inches) the starting point is to measure around your head about 1 inch above your eyebrows. If you don’t have a measuring tape, pull a non-stretchy tape around your head and then measure it against a yardstick or ruler.

Every hat manufacturer seems to have a different sizing chart; so, be sure to check your head measurement against the size chart for the hat that you are considering.

Popular Hat Styles

Fedora Hat

Men and women enjoy the wind and rain protection of a felt fedora from Hats.com
Extra Large Hat - Felt Fedora

Cowboy Hat

Enjoy sun protection and fun style with a plus size straw cowboy hat from Big Head Caps
Extra Large Hat - Straw Cowboy Hat



Logo Sports Cap

Proudly wear the logo of your favorite sports team with a logo cap from Big Head Caps
Extra Large Hat - Giants Cap



Sun Hat

Look for a big-brim hat in a breathable fabric like the Scala cotton hat with drawstring at Amazon
Extra Large Hat - Big Brim Cotton Hat



Bike Helmet

Ride safely with a comfortable bike helmet from Big Head Caps
Extra Large Hat - Bike Helmet



Fishing Hat

Look for a comfortable, sun resistant hat in a durable fabric like the Bucket Hat at Big Head Caps
Extra Large Hat - Bucket Hat




Don’t settle for a “too small” hat that is tight on your head or requires you to wear it tipped up off your forehead. Measure your head. Find and buy an extra large hat you like. If you like the look and the fit, then buy several more from the same manufacturer. Enjoy!

Plus Size Clothes: Are You Wearing the Right Size?

It is getting easier to find plus size clothes in stores, online and in catalogs. It is about time! Finding clothes as a plus size woman has never been easy. The result: We curvy bodies have spent all these years trying to find clothes we like and can afford in our size.

But, now that apparel shopping is no longer one big scavenger hunt, did you ever stop to think that you might be wearing the wrong size? I’m willing to bet you are … whether you know it or not.

Women, more so than men, have been jamming themselves into too small sizes or buying or sewing or crocheting clothes that are so voluminous that their curves get lost in the fabric. We need to take better care of ourselves fashion wise.

Here are a few places to start …

Sizing of Plus Size Clothes

Bras: It’s time to resize!

Fact: Over 2/3 of US women are wearing the wrong size bra. Probably almost another 1/3 is wearing the wrong style bra. Here a few of the pitfalls we fall into:

  • We just keep buying the same size and style.
  • We know the band is too tight; but, we can’t find a larger band in our store.
  • We think a bra is supposed to be 3″ away from our chest bone in the center!
  • We have learned to accept falling straps as a fact of life.

We may have started out with the right size or type; but, a 10-pound change in weight, a lot of bra washings and back elastics that weaken with age have turned these previously structurally-intact marvels into fabric patches with straps.

Listen up ladies. Get yourself a tape measure. Put on your best-fitting bra. Measure at the fullest point and around the bottom of the bra band under the cups. Important Tip: Bra sizing (bands AND cups) is not consistent between bra manufacturers. Read the sizing instructions for the bra you are considering. Check the measurements they give against your two measurements to get your perfect fit. You might wear a 50DD in one bra and a 52D in another.

Don’t shy away from an underwire bra if you are wearing a C cup or larger. There is no reason for a well-fitting underwire bra to poke you. Check out the Grand Style bra size calculator and sizing tips.

Separates and Dresses: What size are you wearing?

The sign of a garment that fits is not just that you can zipper, or button, and continue to breath! Well-fitting clothes allow several inches of ease between your body and the clothes. Your clothes should not be tight and, they should not be oversized.

Some women continue to wear the same size until the zipper won’t zip. I bet half of you are wearing a jacket that’s too small and you just think the arms are too short. Or, that you know you need the larger size; but, your favorite stores don’t carry a larger size (many stores only sell sizes up to size 26 or 3X.).

Get out there and enjoy the newly expanding world of larger sizes — with sizes to 6X or 7X now readily available online.

Once you figure out your REAL SIZE, you can buy from the retailers online. For extreme savings you can use eBay to purchase the overstocks of your favorite online stores and resell them on eBay. Just bid on your favorite brand names. Tip: For new clothes just look for items where the tags are still attached!)

Don’t like your real size? Buy your correct size and cut out the tags. You should wear what looks and feels good. You deserve it!

Shoes: Are your shoes wide enough?

For years we’ve been told to wear a longer shoe in order to get a wider shoe or a wider calf. Many of us have never had access to shoes wider than a C width.

But wider widths are becoming more of a necessity. As we get older and spend more time in sandals, our feet tend to spread out. And don’t forget that as your body adds pounds, your legs and feet also add weight. AvenuePayless Shoe Source and WideWidths.com are great sources of shoes and boots in wider widths and longer lengths.

Legwear: Are your socks/tights/pantyhose/knee highs the right size?

Hosiery sizing is based on your height and weight. Most of us know how tall we are (or aren’t!). But, most of us don’t really know how much we weight. Or, we use our “driver’s license weight” to determine our legwear size. This often results in legwear that doesn’t fit correctly.

Stop punishing yourself with tights and pantyhose that slide down to your knees as soon as you pull them on. Hosiery is now available in sizes up to 7X. Check out Just My Size, Lane Bryant and Catherines.

And for all of us with feet wider than B and longer than a size 9, please stop buying those size 9-11 socks and wearing those boring men’s socks! Just My Size is just one of many places making heavenly women’s socks in size 10-13. Your toes and ankles will finally have room to move with joy and you won’t have to settle for boring brown and black socks.

Watches: Are you still wearing a 7½” watchband on an 8+” wrist?

Your watch band should not feel like a tourniquet! You should be able to stick your finger under your watchband and easily wiggle it around. If you can’t, your watchband is too tight and you should replace it with a longer strap.

Finding a longer leather strap is easy — just look on the men’s side of the watch strap display at your local store. Finding a longer expansion band is harder; but, you can always have your jeweler add enough links in the strap to achieve the length you need.

Bottomline: Know what size you need and wear it!

Clothes Hangers

Plus Size Tops: Warm Weather Style from Kiyonna

Are you a jeans and t-shirt type of girl? Prefer to keep your fashion casual and easy? Kiyonna Clothing loves your style, and has you covered with flattering plus size tops no matter the occasion. A leader in the plus size industry since 1996, they really know how to dress a women’s curves and our GrandStyle editors have included some top sellers from Kiyonna for you to browse as you update your warm weather wardrobe.

Stylish Plus Size Tops with T-Shirt Comfort

Kiyonna Promenade TopUpgrade your t-shirt game with their best-selling Promenade Top. Available in a NEW navy and ivory striped print, this flowy top is relaxed enough for errands and stylish enough for brunch with the girls. Thanks to a crossover bodice, kimono sleeves, and a slight peplum silhouette, you’ll get ample coverage for all-day comfort.

Kiyonna Destination Daydream Top
Another option that feels like a tee but takes your wardrobe to the next level is the Destination Daydream Top. With peek-a-boo neck straps for added interest and a gathered center with delicate pleats, you’ll love its flattering silhouette. If you’re feeling daring, you can also choose to wear the sleeves off the shoulders to really turn heads.

Kiyonna Callista Crepe TankWant to beat the heat in style? Check out the Callista Crepe Tank in classic black or a pretty nude. Made from a lightweight bubble crepe fabric, this tailored tank offers comfortable stretch and feminine appeal. Perfect for jeans, dress up for work with a blazer or dress it down with your favorite sandals.

Kiyonna Lori Printed BelliniIf you’re looking for something easy and fashionable to throw on during a cooler night, take a look at the Lori Printed Bellini in a merlot stripe. Featuring a drawstring close for adjustable coverage, layering just got easier with this soft tunic style cardigan.

From picking up the kids at school or summer travel or a special occasion, you truly don’t have to worry if you’re not one for a dress. Kiyonna Clothing has everything you need to look and feel your best. So, for more top-notch styles in plus size tops, be sure to check out Kiyonna’s entire collection.

Need more info on plus size clothing? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size clothing posts.