Choosing the Best Hat for Your Face Shape

How many times have you seen the cutest hat, only to be disappointed when you try it on? You cry, “That beret makes my head look like a turnip!” Then you try on another, shrieking, “That floppy brimmed hat makes me look like a basset hound!”

Maybe Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie should read this Hub!
Maybe Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie should read this Hub! | Source

Is there any hope of finding the perfect hat? Of course there is! Instead of trying on every hat in the store, you just need to know which hat styles work best with your face shape.

Determine Your Face Shape

If you are not sure of your face shape, here’s a quick and easy way to find out: pull your hair away from your face and look at yourself in the bathroom mirror. Use a wipeable marker and outline your face shape on the mirror. Then match your face shape with one of the descriptions in the table below. Obviously, there are variations of each standard face shape, so go with the description that most closely matches yours.

Which Shape Matches Your Face?

Shape
Description
Round
The length and width are about the same. Very curvy. Anything but angular.
Long
Narrow and longer than wide. Angular, with high cheekbones and a tall forehead.
Square
Angular with a prominent jaw line, broad forehead and square chin. Length in proportion with width.
Heart
Broad forehead with wide cheekbones that graduates to a small, narrow chin.
Oval
Balanced proportions. High cheekbones. Chin is slightly narrower than forehead.
The high crown and wide brim of this hat is perfect for a round face!
The high crown and wide brim of this hat is perfect for a round face! | Source

Round Face


You round faced gals should look for a hat that elongates your features. Look for a hat brim that is wider than your face. A floppy brimmed sun hat or cowboy hat will give your face the length and balance it needs. Just make sure the crown of the hat does not exceed the width of your cheekbones. Choose a style with a high crown and asymmetrical lines – that will offset the perfect curves of your round face.

A cloche will visually shorten the length of your face.
A cloche will visually shorten the length of your face. | Source

Long Face


Women with slender faces should consider wearing a short crown to de-emphasize the length of your face. A moderate width brim is recommended. A brim that is too wide will hang down and frame your face, making it appear longer. Conversely, stay away from narrow brim styles and high or peaked crowns – they will also elongate your face. A slightly flared brim (think floppy hats, cowboys and head-hugging cloches) will conceal your high forehead, thus shortening the length of your face.

Enchanting Cloches

A rounded bowler will soften the prominent angles of your face.
A rounded bowler will soften the prominent angles of your face. | Source

Square Face

Your square face is a masterpiece of angles. That said, be careful not to choose an angular hat that compounds the geometry. Consider a beret that will add curves to the equation. Go for hat styles with a rounded brim. A bowler, with its soft curves and short, upturned brim will soften the hard angle of your jawline. Any hat that sits higher on your forehead will help elongate the lower part of your face. You can also give your hat a flirty little tilt to create a sense asymmetry.

Ahoy matey! A bucket hat will definitely flatter a heart shaped face!
Ahoy matey! A bucket hat will definitely flatter a heart shaped face! | Source

Heart Face


A heart face looks best in rounded hats and shorter brims. You should steer clear of wide, flat brims that draw attention to your small chin. A heart shaped face can carry off most hats, however, buckets and boater styles can be particularly flattering. Be wary of brims that are too small; they will add unwanted width to your forehead. Conversely, wide brims will further narrow the lower half of your face.

Great Tips for Rocking Your New Hat

A fedora is a fun look for an oval face.
A fedora is a fun look for an oval face. | Source

Oval Face


You of the oval-shaped face are the luckiest of all. Oval faces can pull off almost any style hat with great aplomb. However, certain hats can make your perfect symmetry appear long and narrow, so beware! Hats with deep crowns and wide, flared brims are the best for you. Check out menswear-inspired fedoras, bowlers and porkpies for a super flattering look.



You can use these general guidelines to help with your search, but don’t get to wrapped up in the details. Just go out there and have fun shopping for and wearing your new hat!

© 2012 lindacee

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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Wowzer lindacee!

Strange how when I read you hub title I could completely relate to the picture and thought back to the princess's hat fiasco.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Nice hub, Linda! Your advice makes total sense. I love cloches, and you're absolutely right; they seem to complement my long face.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

This is great! I never thought about which style of hat would suit my face best. I agree with Om, the cloches are really cute. Now I want to go to a hat shop!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

QudsiaP1, weren't those hats just dreadful? I read Princess Beatrice sold hers on eBay (for charity) and it fetched over £81,000!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks, Om! Cloches are one of my favorites also. They hide my high forehead quite nicely and minimize the overall length.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Leah, I guess it the same concept as choosing glasses to suit your face shape. I was at Target today and had to force myself not to go near the new fall hats. I can stand there forever playing "dress up". Same goes for sunglasses! :)


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shai77 4 years ago

Nice. More people should wear hats these days. Never thought about how they fit the face though, this is something to think about. Great job, great hub.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I like the hat suggestion for my face, round. I love this hat style. I really enjoyed reading your hub. Great article.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

shai, yes I agree. Hats are such a civilized accessory that can be worn year round. They really add a special to almost any outfit. Thank you so much for the read and comment! :)


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

teaches, now you need to go out and buy some hats! ;) Have a wonderful weekend!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Thought this would be fun to read. As always your hubs are fun and creative. I usually go through my followers once a month and find a hub to read and comment. It is fun and I always learn something. Voted UP.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

So glad you chose mine to read, Carol! Thanks for the vote and comment. I know, it is always a treat to learn new things from fellow Hubbers! Take care.


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

Great Hub! I only have one problem and that is..I want to wear all of them :) I have hats in all shapes and until now, I had no idea what looked best. This is going to help. It's no secret that I'm a stranger to style. Between hats and scarves, this fall is going to be my best ever. Useful & Up -K


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

K, I know, I was the same way. I used to choose hats because I thought they were cute. Then I would try them on a t home and wonder why they didn't look quite right. Now we know the secret! Enjoy wearing your hats and scarves. Thanks for the read and votes!


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

I always wear a hat when spending time in the sun, so I was glad to learn that oval faces can wear most style. I will have to try a fedora for something new. This information was very useful. Thanks for sharing!


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lindacee 2 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Vespawoolf, I love hats, but only have a few. My problem is I don't like the resulting "hat hair". When I do wear one, I feel compelled to wear a it for the entire day so no one will see my flat hair! I also think fedoras are a really cute look. Thanks for stopping in!


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Linda, this was so useful to know, especially for the spring and summer seasons to shade your eyes from the sun. Great hub! Voted up!


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lindacee 18 months ago from Southern Arizona Author

Kristen, thanks! Yep, now's the time of the year to start thinking about shading delicate facial skin from those harmful UV rays. Glad you stopped by for a read. Thanks for the vote!

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