Keeping a fitted hat pristine is no easy task. To keep it perfectly shaped, you would need to store each hat on a hat form in a low humidity, 72-degree room in your house. In reality, fitted hats are sat on, packed in suitcases, doused in water, and thrown around. A hat can become crushed in an instant or over time, and before you know it, both you and your hat look like a hobo. Don't throw away that hat just yet; there is a quick fix.
Things You'll Need
- Bowl of hot water
- Blow dryer
- Heavy book
Submerge the crushed hat in the bowl of hot water and let it sit for five minutes, then remove the hat from the water.
Stuff the towel into the cap while the hat is still soaking wet. The towel should fill out the cap completely, creating a head shape in the cap.
Place the hat, filled cap side up, on a table.
Place a heavy book over the brim of the hat, flattening it. Apply pressure to get it to lay flat, if necessary.
Use the blow dryer on the low setting to dry the cap portion of the hat, applying even heat.
Allow the brim of the cap to dry completely overnight underneath the book.
Remove the towel and book from the hat. Reshape or bend the brim as desired.
This process works on any hat, from straw to fabric.