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Buying the Best Hat for Your Face Shape

Updated on September 24, 2018

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Enchanting Cloches

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.

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

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

Great Tips for Rocking Your New Hat

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.

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

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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    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      3 years ago from Arizona

      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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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years 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!

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      4 years ago from Arizona

      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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      vespawoolf 

      4 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!

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      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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      Kristi Sharp 

      6 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      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

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      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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      carol stanley 

      6 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.

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

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

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      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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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 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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      Chen 

      6 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.

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      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! :)

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

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

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      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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      Leah Lefler 

      6 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!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 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.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image

      QudsiaP1 

      6 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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