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The Best Hats

Last updated on October 24, 2022
Best Hats

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Our Picks For The Top Hats

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Key Takeaway
 Top Pick

Falari Unisex One-Size Baseball Hat

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Unisex One-Size Baseball Hat

Whether you're attending a sporting event or heading to the gym, this baseball-style hat is an excellent choice. It's available in 25 different colors and patterns, so you're sure to find one that matches your style. You'll also discover this hat is easy to personalize using custom embroidery.

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Budget-Friendly PickThanks to the economical price tag on this hat, you'll be able to afford a second in another color.

 Runner Up

Flexfit Original Stretch Hat


Original Stretch Hat

Constructed from 100% cotton, this hat is soft and comfortable against your skin. It's also made using Flexfit technology for a custom fit every time. In fact, the hat and flexible sweatband will feel just as cozy at the end of the day as it does when you first put it on.

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Multiple Color OptionsYou'll find this hat is available in 10 different colors, including red, blue, silver and black.

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Under Armour Blitzing 3.0 Pre-Curved Bill Hat

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Blitzing 3.0 Pre-Curved Bill Hat

The band on this hat has just enough elastic material to allow for a bit of stretch without hugging the head too tightly. Look on the underside and you'll find tight stitch lines — a definite mark of quality. The curved visor gives it a streamlined look.

Overall Take

Sleek, Snug FitHeads of most any size will benefit from this hat's elastic fit and solid stitching.

 Strong Contender

Carhartt Fast Dry Canvas Hat


Fast Dry Canvas Hat

Keep cool in the heat with this hat and its moisture-wicking headband, which is made even more breathable by the mesh material on the back. Adjustable and durable, this piece of headgear can handle almost any climate.

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Keeps Heads CoolThe absorbent headband and mesh backing keep sweat out of your eyes.

Buying Guide

Is there any item of clothing as hard to pin down as a hat? Socks may come in wacky colors or designs, but they really only have one job, and you can only wear them one way. The word “hat,” on the other hand, contains multitudes. You might have a favorite hat that you never wash and depend on for nothing more than sunburn protection. On the other side of the spectrum are the elaborate pieces of architecture that you might see decorating moneyed ladies at the Kentucky Derby.

We could spend days talking about the storied military history of the beret or the evolution of the cowboy’s signature 10-gallon hat, but let’s assume you’re buying something on the more functional end of the spectrum. When it comes to utility, the questions on your hat-buying checklist will mostly be easy. Are you wearing it for shade? Buy a beach hat with a wide brim. Need something warm that will travel well? Try a stocking cap.

Fashion-wise, you should strive to fit the hat to your outfit. Practically speaking, the hat needs to suit your environment. Beach hats that have a woven straw look are very much in demand, but you may want to make sure they’re made of actual straw (or raffia, which is a more common fiber that’s just as durable). Cheaper beach hats will more likely be made of braided and treated paper that won’t hold up as well to the elements.

On cold days, go for a hat knitted with wool or cotton. Cotton has the advantage of being naturally hypoallergenic, while wool is more breathable and better at wicking moisture away from your brow. In the summer, polyester caps are affordable and can stay dry even in heavy sweat. Mesh baseball caps are always a good bet, though they won’t provide much protection from the sun’s rays.

What to Look For

Browsing different styles is half the fun of buying a hat online but you’ll soon need to answer the most important question: Will it fit?

If all you wear are baseball caps and other hats with an adjustable band, you might go your entire life without needing to know your hat size. If you’re ready to level up to something a bit more fashionable, though, it’s easy to find out your hat size. Wrap a tape measure around your head at the widest part of the temple and take down the width in inches; Stick a finger under the tape as you measure to allow for some wiggle room.

Men’s sizes vary slightly from women’s and you should be able to find an exact conversion chart online, but in general: “Small” hats will fit a head up to 7 inches. “Medium” sizes cover 7 to 7 1/4 inches. “Large” hats are for those with measurements from 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 inches and “X-large” are for 7 1/2 to 7 3/4 inches.

More to Explore

There are many hats that have been made iconic by film and television, but one of the first of these was certainly Charlie Chaplin’s famous bowler hat. It’s hard to imagine the silent film pioneer without it, even though it never fit quite right. One of his bowlers was sold by international auction house Bonhams (along with his equally iconic cane) for $62,500 in 2012.

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