Selecting the most appropriate style of hat for your face shape can help you look good and feel more confident. First, determine if your face shape is oval, round, heart, square, diamond, pear, rectangular or oblong. Here’s how to know your face shape and the hats most fitting to you:
An oval face has a length equal to 1 ½ times the width of your face. This shape is narrower at the jaw line than the temples, with a rounded hair line. With this face shape, you can wear almost any style of hat. Just make sure that the crown of the hat is not narrower than the cheekbones.
A round-shaped face is around twice as wide as it is long, with a round chin and a round hairline. The widest point on a round-shaped face is at the cheeks and ears. The best styles for a round-shaped face are hats that add fullness at the height and crown. Choose hats that have sharp lines, high brims, tall crowns and asymmetrical shapes. Avoid wearing rounded and circular-shaped hats.
A heart-shaped face has a wide forehead with a distinctive heart-shaped hairline. It’s narrow at the jaw line and wide at the cheekbones, then narrows to a small chin. For heart-shaped faces, medium-brimmed hats are ideal, because they won’t emphasize the forehead or the narrow chin. Hats with asymmetrical brims are also a great choice. Avoid wearing small-brimmed hats because they can make your forehead appear bigger, and also avoid wide-brimmed hats as they can make your chin look narrower.
A diamond-shaped face is widest at the cheekbones, with a narrow forehead and a narrow chin. This shape is a combination of a heart and an oval. Like an oval face, almost any style of hat works with this shape.
A square shape face has a square hairline and a strong, square jawline. The length of the face is about its width. People with square faces must choose hats that sit high on the forehead so the bottom half of the face would appear elongated. Choose feminine hats with curvy lines to counter the squareness, and you can also pick round and asymmetrical hats to contrast the sharp jawline. Avoid wearing flat-top hats or tapered crown hats.
This face shape comes with a forehead about the same width just below the cheekbones. People with an oblong face shape usually have a very high forehead or a very narrow chin. Overall, the face appears long and slender. Your best picks for a hat are wide ones with short crowns. Hats with curled or floppy brims, or wide-brimmed hats also look great. It helps if you pull the brim of your hat down to your eyebrows to shorten your face. Avoid hats with narrow brims and high crowns, as these styles can make your face look even longer.
A pear-shaped face is widest at the jaw, characterized with a round chin and a narrow forehead. The best hat style for this face shape are those with a full crown and wide brim to draw attention to the upper part of the face. Avoid wearing hats with tapered crowns, because these can emphasize an already wide jaw.