I'm in the midst of making a difficult decision - whether to trim down some width off my brim. I love my hat, it fits perfectly and the crown meets all my preferred aesthetics, I swapped the band out myself, and it is incredible that it fell into my lap for such a bargain at an antique shop. So I'm in a catch-22: do I risk worsening a thing that, at this point, is sentimentality irreplaceable? Or do I leave it as is and wear it sparingly because I'm self-conscious that the brim is too wide? I've decided that I will definitely not take scissors to it or have anyone else do so. I will have to have someone with the correct tool (the Boston brim cutter) perform the circumcision (hey, that's literally what it means in Latin! 'circum' = around, 'caesa' = cut). I want to take 1/8" off at a time, which will reduce the 2 1/2" brim to 2 3/8". And then potentially to 2 1/4". But then it will be double the price to have it done twice. Still, better than cutting too much off. I'm just really not sure what to do. I think 2 1/2" may be too wide for me. I'm average in height and shoulder breadth, but I'm thin, and my face is sharp and angular, especially with the way I wear my facial hair. The hat style I most appreciate and wish to emulate is the '40s noir style, but they also wore big shoulder pads, which offset the wider brims, and that's not really my thing. It would be cool if I could find a hat shop to examine different brim widths on my head, but there aren't any less than an hour away, and even then, the crowns will be very different from my hat. So it won't give me much to go on. While I love Kevin and appreciate the wealth of knowledge and free assistance he has provided, he claims here () at 17:08 that a 2" brim is medium, a 2 1/2" brim is large, and a 3" brim is oversized and very rare. Also, I have a hard time believing the hat he dons at 17:24 isn't wider than the 2" he claims. I think I would deeply regret trimming it down to 2". I'm not positive 2 3/8" would even look too different from its current state, but I'm not sure 2 1/4" would be getting too narrow for the look I have in mind. This isn't to say Kevin isn't right about most things, just that it seems to contradict the general consensus on here, and I just want to get everything straight before I go irreversibly cutting off part of something that means a lot to me.