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How to Figure Sizes for Hats, Gloves and Socks

Knowing how to figure sizes for hats, gloves and socks can be a real mystery when you are shopping for yourself or for a gift.

  • Who would wear a size 7 1/2 hat? Is a 7 1/2 hat the same size on the woman’s hat as a size 7 1/2 men’s hat?
  • Who would wear a size medium men’s glove and why is it bigger than a medium women’s glove?
  • What is a size 9-11 sock? Does that relate to shoe size? If so, what size sock should a woman wear if she wears a size 7 1/2 shoe?

What exactly do these size numbers mean?

How to Guide: Sizes for Hats, Gloves and Socks

The key to successfully measuring for hats, gloves and socks is the cloth tape measure. If you don’t have a cloth tape measure, just take the head, hand or foot measurement using a non-stretchy tape or string, and then measure the tape or string against a yardstick or metal tape.

How to Measure for Hat Size

Hat sizes are based on the measurement of the head above the ears and eyebrows. Most hats offered for sale either specify “One Size Fits Most” or, if sized, are usually size 7 3/8 for men and size 7 1/4 for women.

Not all hat manufacturers use the same sizing chart; so, to get a perfect fit, be sure to check the sizing charts provided by the hat manufacturer. For example:

  • XS – Size 6 5/8, 20 3/4 inches
  • S – Size 6 3/4 or 6 7/8, 21-21 1/2 inches
  • M – Size 7 or 7 1/8, 22-22 1/2 inches
  • L – Size 7 1/4 or 7 3/8, 22 3/4-23 inches
  • XL – Size 7 1/2 or 7 5/8, 23 1/2-24 inches
  • XXL – Size 7 3/4 or 7 7/8, 24 3/8-24 7/8 inches
  • XXXL – Size 8 or 8 1/8, 25 1/8-26 1/2 inches

Don’t try to squeeze into a hat that is too small. The hat will just be very uncomfortable, and it will look very odd as it sits on the top of your head. There are many fun, stylish hat styles available for men and women in larger sizes at Big Head Caps, hats.com and e4Hats.com.

How to Measure for Glove Size

Some gloves are sold in small, medium or large sizes so it is relatively easy to figure out what size to buy. However, more tailored gloves, such as fine leather gloves, are sold in specific sizes such as size 7 for women and size 10 for men.

To measure your size, just draw a cloth tape measure around the palm of your hand. The measurement is your size. For example, if you measure 8 inches, you wear a size 8 glove, or a small men’s glove or a large women’s glove.

Other gloves are available in non-numerical sizes such as M (for medium) or XXL (for extra, extra large). Here’s how the measurement conversions work for these non-numerical sizes:

Men’s Sizes

  • XS – 7 inches
  • S – 7 1/2-8 inches
  • M – 8 1/2-9 inches
  • L – 9 1/2-10 inches
  • XL – 10 1/2-11 inches
  • XXL – 11 1/2-12 inches

Women’s Sizes

  • XS – 6 inches
  • S – 6 1/2 inches
  • M – 7 inches
  • M/L – 7 1/2 inches
  • L – 8 inches
  • XL – 8 1/2 inches

Great sources for larger gloves include: Lane Bryant, Casual Male XL and DestinationXL.

How to Measure for Sock Size

Usually, women’s socks are labeled that they fit 9-11 while men’s socks are labeled that they fit 10-13. These numbers are not your shoe size…they are the measurement of the length of your foot.

Like hats, not all sock manufactures follow the same pattern; so, one brand may have a little more room in the toe than another or it may have more stretch in the ankle.

Women’s Sock Sizes

A women’s sock size of 9-11 usually fits a narrow or medium width foot that wears a woman’s U.S. size shoe of 5-10. Wider feet or larger shoe sizes should look for sock sizes of 10-12 or 10-13.

Men’s Sock Sizes

A man’s sock size of 10-13 usually fits a foot that wears a man’s U.S. size shoe of 8-12. Be sure to check international size charts if you are shopping outside the U.S.

Great sources for larger socks include: Just My Size and DestinationXL.

Plus Size Women Gift

5 Awesome Gifts for Plus Size Women Under $25

Looking for gifts for plus size women? Whether you are shopping for Mother’s Day, the holidays, a birthday or any other occasion you CAN surprise the plus size woman in your life with a special gift that she will enjoy everyday. All it takes is a little thought and planning.

Gifts for Plus Size Women

Gifts don’t have to cost a lot to be awesome. They just need to make her life better, easier or more fun.

Here are five ideas to get you going:

  1. Give her something memorable. She would love to receive a framed picture of a special person (like you!), of her pet, of her family or of her favorite place.
  2. Most women love to receive something useful and fashionable. Sometimes the most practical gifts are the best gifts. Many plus size women have learned to settle for a too-small hat. Get her a hat that really fits her head from e4hats or Amazon.

    Gifts for Busy Women

    If she’s a woman on the go, consider a belt-free pouch that magnetically clips onto her waistband, holds her phone and leaves her purse-free when shopping, playing, walking, traveling or partying.

  3. Most women like jewelry that can be worn in several ways. She could probably really use a long (i.e. 40″) chain necklace that she could wear full length, doubled up for a shorter necklace or wrapped around her wrist multiple times to wear as a bracelet.
  4. Women of all ages usually appreciate something cozy. Consider knit sleep shirts, infinity scarves, and fun printed tees and sweatshirts from Target or JustMySize.
  5. Give her something you know she can use. Consider a gift card to a store with unique, fun stuff. A plus size women will appreciate not having to tell you if it doesn’t fit or having to return the item if it is too small. There are lots of options for gifts under $25 for plus size women. Target has trendy accessories and jewelry, Ulla Popken has unique accessories for all women of all ages. And, she can buy fun stuff like books, accessories, flavored tea & coffee and beauty care items with an Amazon gift card.

Bottomline: You don’t have to spend a lot to give a great gift.

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

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!