Lovely Bianca e-mailed me with this question:
Is there a way to find the perfect hat for your lovely head? I mean, are there right hat shapes for face shapes?
OK, I’ll admit to having to do some research on this one. I mean, I knew the answer: Yes, certain hat shapes work well for certain face and head shapes. But how does one go about determining WHICH hat shape for WHICH face? Here’s what I found out:
First consider your body shape and type. Like any garment or accessory, hats affect how your entire person will appear, not just your noggin. So you petite gals may want to avoid enormous, wide-brimmed hats or anything truly oversized that could overpower you. You’ll do better with a small brim and low crown. Tall ladies may want to avoid anything overly narrow, pointy, or high since they will just add to your natural height. You can sport the wide brim that petites avoid, and try a shorter crown. Plus-sized gals may want to embrace full-brimmed hats since they add balance to a curvy figure.
Next, evaluate your face shape. For a refresher on face shape, see this chart. Once you’ve got that sussed, consider: If you’re going for traditional flattery, a hat should balance the shape of your face, so avoid anything that plays into the natural shape of your lovely visage. Meaning, if you have a longish face shape, choose wide hats with curled or floppy brims. Some kind of softness or movement – which can be supplied by feather adornments or similar – is also advisable for those with long face shapes. If your face is round, you’ll want to go for hats with high brims, angular shapes, and that are, overall, wider than your face is. This means that most caps are right out. Square-faced women should try asymmetric hats, which will help balance strong jawlines. And if you’re an oval, a wide variety of hat styles will work for you. Play around and see what you like!
Finally, experiment with hat position. There’s no right or wrong way to wear a hat, of course, so experiment a bit in front of a mirror before you settle on a position. You never know what’ll work best until you tinker.
Image courtesy Nordstrom.
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Originally posted 2009-08-05 05:47:00.