Summer is just around the corner and for many people that means looking for a hat for protection from the sun. There are some lucky people who can make any hat look good, but for the rest of us, finding the right hat is a lot like looking for the right pair of shoes, there are thousands of choices but not every one is a perfect fit. By picking a flattering hat based on your face shape, you can add flair and sharpness to your appearance.
To help you find the hat that’s right for you, this guide will walk you through the basics:
- LONG FACE – Try hats with a flared brim like wider brim fedoras, that sit low on the forehead so they shorten the length of your face. Avoid narrow brims as they tend to elongate your face even further.
- ROUND FACE – Try balancing out this face shape with a more angular hat. The symmetry of your face cries out for an asymmetrical shape with a high crown and peaked or slanted brim. You can further accentuate this effect by slanting your hat forward.
Avoid tall rounded crowns, which will only accentuate the
roundness of your face.
- SQUARE – The right hat will give a square face an effective illusion that softens the edges and minimizes a strong jaw. Start with a large brim and a rounded crown to lengthen and soften the face. Soft designs like floppy hats are especially flattering to a square face. Choose one that sits high on your forehead to elongate the bottom half of your face.
- SMALL FACE – Just as a large-faced woman shouldn’t wear a tiny hat, those with small faces should stay away from large floppy hats.