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What shape hat suits you

Below gives you some advice of the types of hat shapes which suit your face, however there are no hard and fast rules because it can depend on the colour of the hat, length and colour of your hair and outfit you intend to wear the hat with.

Anyone can wear a hat. You only need to become familiar with your face shape and what hat shape suits you.
Use the information below to determine your face shape, and then read about what sort of hats suit you best and how to wear them.

Oval

  • Almost any hat can be worn
  • Wear them straight across the brow or straight across your hairline as fashion or mood demands
  • However, watch out that the crown is never narrower than your cheekbones. This is for all hat types

Round

  • Avoid ‘flower-pot’ hats
  • Brims should be worn on an angle, not straight
  • Asymmetrical lines are very useful
  • The crown of the hat must not be narrower than your face unless it is balanced by the trim

Triangle

  • The same rules apply to triangular faces as oval faces. Almost any hat can be worn
  • Wear them straight across the brow or straight across your hairline as fashion or mood demands
  • However, watch out that the crown is never narrower than your cheekbones. This is for all hat types

Square

  • Slant the brim of your hats, or simply tilt your hat
  • Wear hats with asymmetrical shapes
  • Try wearing earrings when wearing hats

Oblong

  • Avoid narrow and tall hats
  • Brims can be worn, do experiment
  • Balance your shoulders and the rest of your body


If You Wear Glasses

  • Try wearing your hat with the brim turned up, as it is more flattering
  • Brims that swoop up on one side and asymmetrical shapes are more flattering
  • Avoid ‘flower-pot’ hats

Prominent Nose/Ears Etc

  • Hats should have a forward movement
  • Brims and peaks can be worn as well as front trimmings
  • Draw attention to the hat and away from the nose or the ears or the other little things you prefer not to highlight

Double Chin

  • If you have a double chin wear your hat slightly lower at the front, this will ensure you keep your head lifted thus reducing the appearance of a double chin.

Skin Tones

  • Because a hat is worn so closely to your face it is important that the colour of the hat flatters your skin tone.
  • If you have pale skin, a warm colour such as pink or rust is a good choice.
  • Darker skin is easier to choose for, although if it is very dark, black is best avoided.

Outfits

  • The colour of the outfit with which the hat is to be worn must also be considered.
  • If the hat matches the colour of the outfit exactly it is important to introduce at least one other colour into the outfit,
  • If the hat is to be a contrasting colour, it must be a colour that complements the outfit.

Your Height

  • Some people say that if you are tall you should not wear small hats, and if you are short you should not wear large hats.
  • This is true to an extent, but as mentioned before, confidence plays a large part in hat wearing and if you feel that you look good wearing a certain hat then you probably do!

Hair

  • Hair is a very important consideration when wearing a hat.
  • Hair tucked behind your ear and put up into the hat will look the most flattering.
  • If you like your hair to be seen, make sure you at least tuck it behind your ear. If you have a fringe and need this to be seen, choose a hat you can wear across your hairline such as a breton hat with a short back brim. Never be talked into hiding your hair under a hat if this makes you feel insecure