If it's a vintage hat it needs to be big enough for you to try on and a good number of hats may be too small. But hats can be resized as well as retrimmed and generally refurbished. Which is why I am now refurbishing a late 20s/early 30s black horsehair cloche that has the most adorable old lace brim.
As it's been stored for years it has fold lines and the crown is all pointy.
It also has a very floppy brim, in fact, it's far floppier than it looks in this picture because it's supported by a hatblock with a brim. It was probably intended to be that way but since I don't look good in a floppy brim, I've decided to give it some body.
First I removed the 'sweatband' from inside and applied some gentle steam through a thick towel to the crown and left it for a few days and it's vastly improved. I might do it again just to ensure it's set.
I may also have to wire around the side wings of the black horsehair to get the right slant on the brim! Fussyboots aren't I!
I found an identical hat on a google search - it was listed with the term Mam'selle - whether this was a label in it or not I don't know. Mine didn't have a label.
I'll post some photos once it's finished. I'll also try to get some photos of the construction of the hat which is pretty fascinating in itself.