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How To Choose the Right Hat for Your Face Shape

Hats are very popular right now but, for some, finding the right hat can be a daunting task.  If you’re one of those people, here are tips on the best hats for you according to your face shape. If in doubt, contact LaraghClare for more help.

Choosing the Right Hat for Your Face Shape

Selecting the most favourable hat style for your face shape can help you look and feel your best and actually finding a hat that fits is the first step to actually wearing it.

To measure your head for a hat, you should take the measurement around the forehead and the largest part of the back of your head.

We, at Laragh Clare, can help you find a suitable hat to fit pretty much any head shape!

With all face shapes, generally speaking, everyone is safe with asymmetrical hats that sweep flatteringly across the face. Rounded cocktail hats can also be good choice for most face shapes.

Oval Shaped Face

Description: When you measure your face, your length is equal to about one and a half times the width. Your face is only slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples, with a gently rounded hairline.

Best Choices: Because your face is balanced and in even proportion, you can wear almost any style.

Avoid: The crown of the hat should never be narrower than your cheekbones. Hats should be no wider than the width of your shoulders.

Round Shaped Face

Description: Your face is approximately twice as wide as it is long. You have a round chin and a round hairline. The widest point is at the cheeks and ears.

Best Choices: Styles that add fullness and height at the crown. Select hats with sharp lines, tall crowns, high brims and asymmetrical shapes. Straight brims should be slanted to create flattering angles. Wear your brims on an angle whenever possible. The crown of the hat should be at least as wide as your face. A hat with a higher brim will help lengthen your face.

Avoid: Floppy-shaped hats.

Heart Shaped Face

Description: When you measure your face, it is narrow at the jaw line and wide at the cheekbones and/or forehead. Your face appears wide at the temples and hairline and narrows to a small, delicate chin.

Best Choices: Medium brimmed hats are ideal because they do not accentuate a wider forehead or a narrow chin. Heart shaped faces look good in almost any hat style. Hats with asymetrical brims are a good choice. When you have a wide forehead and a narrow chin, the brim of a hat can help balance a wider forehead. If you go too wide, your chin will appear even more narrow.

Avoid: Avoid hats with brims that are small because they will make your forehead look bigger. Avoid wide brimmed hats or hats that are too full as these will make your chin look more narrow.

Square Shaped Face

Description: Your face is about as wide as it is long. You have a strong, square jawline and a square hairline.

Best Choices: Wear your brims on an angle whenever possible. Wide brimmed hats with a rounded crown can help soften a wider square jawline. Choose hats that sit high on your forehead to elongate the bottom half of your face. Feminine hats with curvy lines will help soften the lines of your face. Round and asymmetrical hats will contrast a sharp jawline.

Avoid: Hats with a flat top or a tapered crown.

Diamond Shaped Face

Description: Your face is the widest at the cheekbones, with a narrow forehead. Your forehead and jaw line are approximately equal in width. Your shape is a cross between a heart and an oval.

Best Choices: Almost everything works with your balanced face shape. Try a variety of styles.

Avoid: You can wear almost anything.

Oblong or Rectangular Face Shape

Description: Your face is longer than it is wide. It is about the same width at the forehead and just below the cheekbones. Individuals with oblong shapes may have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead. Your face appears long and slender.

Best Choices: Choose wide hats with short crowns. Hats with wide flat brims or curled/floppy brims work well. Try pulling the brim of your hat down to your eyebrows to shorten your face.

Avoid: Narrow brims and hats with high crowns, which will make your face look even longer.

Pear Shaped Face Shape

Description: Your face is characterized by a narrow forehead and is widest at the jaw, with a round chin.

Best Choices: The best styles will create width at your forehead and temples, giving the illusion of an oval face. They will draw attention to the upper part of your face. Choose

hats with a full (but not tapered) crown and a wide brim.

Avoid: Hats with tapered crowns, which tend to accentuate a wide jaw.

If you wear glasses - a cocktail hat would best suit rather than a low brim that could catch on the glasses.

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