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How Do I Choose the Best Hats for Boys?

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Choosing hats for boys can be challenging, but if you take into consideration personal preferences, function, quality and style, you should be able to find the right one. Much of the choice is subjective, so it can help to talk to the boy who you are buying the hat for, if you can. If it’s a gift for a boy that is not your child, then talking to a parent or guardian is helpful.

Several factors go into choosing the best hats for boys, but the most important factor is probably fit. To measure a boy’s head, wrap a tape measure horizontally around his entire head, keeping the measuring tape just above his eyebrows. Write the number down and take it with you when you go to purchase the hat. Many hats for boys are marked in sizes of small, medium or large, so you may need to ask the sales person what size matches the measurement you took.

Another important factor is whether the boy or boys will wear the hat. If it fits, but the child doesn’t like it, he may not wear it and it will go to waste. Talking to the boy who will be wearing the hat can help, as can looking at other hats they wear. You might consider asking what colors they like and what styles of hat they currently own. Checking current style trends or looking around to see what hats other boys are wearing can also be helpful.

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The quality of a hat is important, particularly if the boy wearing the hat is active. A hat that tears easily or will break down over a short period will not be of much benefit. Even if it is quickly outgrown, a good quality hat can be handed down to a younger sibling or relative, or donated to a worthy cause. If the hat is expandable, such as a woolen or cotton hat, it can last for several years and will fit even as the boy gets older.

Choosing where to purchase hats for boys depends primarily on what type of hat you want to buy. Department stores often have a variety of hats for boys, available in many sizes. Specialty hat stores might offer sizes for boys, but it can be a good idea to call and check before visiting them. Stores that specialize in clothing for children is another option. If you are confident you know what size and style to choose, or you are purchasing a one-size-fits-all type hat, purchasing online is an option.

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