How to choose a hat?
Quite often I hear from my clients " I don't look really good in hats."
Actually it is not that wearing a hat does not suit them; it is more than they have to find the best shape and material for them.
A hat can flatter the face, dress up an outfit and virtually define or reassure one's individual style. But you've got plenty of choices.
Like for your shoes or your clothes, the key to find the best hats and enjoy it, is to chose the one that will work with your physique, your taste, the use you target and well for sure your budget!
Decide what style to choose (for what use)
If you envisage a trek, you will not go with your heels or mocassins :-)
For an elegant dinner, you will probably replace your large shoulder bag by a delicate clutch.
Choosing a hat requires to consider your hat needs first.
Do you want a hat for every day or for a special event?
Are you buying the hats for fashion purpose or for skin protection?
What season do you expect to wear it? Will you need to travel with?
When you will get the response to those questions, you will be ready to explore the different styles who can fit you.
Except if you are already an experienced hats lover, we recommend to look through fashion magazines, websites and Instagram to get some ideas about the different shapes you could like. There is hundreds of hats styles not only the regular trilby or panama indiana... So take a bit of time for exploring!
Match your hat style to your physique
After finding the shapes you like the most, the next step is to find the one who can fit you the best… And you could be surprised!
The first rule of hat buying is that you should choose one proportional to your body.
Your hat should balance out your dimensions rather than exaggerate them.
Tall crowns and upturned brims are lengthening, while wide and down turned brims make you appear shorter.
A hat's brim should be no wider than the width of your shoulders.
The larger your build, the more hat you can get away with.
Match your hat to your face
A quick exercise consist in standing before your mirror with your hair pulled back.
Your neck should be visible. Use any makeup liner/ lipstick to mark the following points on the mirror:
The top of your hairline, the widest point of your cheekbones, your temples, your jaw line and the bottom of your chin.
Measure the distance between top of your hairline and chine, your cheekbones, the widest points of your jaw and your temples.
Determine your face shape:
- Diamond: like oval, you can wear a lot of different styles. Just avoid too small brims or high crowns that will accentuate your cheekbones and chin.
- Oval, Longer than wide: Actually you can wear about anything but avoid too wide crown.
- Oblong, long and narrow: the best would be cloches, floppy and fedoras.
- Square: softer designs like cloche, large and soft brim, round and curved crowns. Avoid structured styles.
- Round: prefer structured hats, wide brims, angular and asymmetric style, cloche and fedoras.
- Triangular: high crown and small brim (short, straight or upturned). don't hesitate to add accessories for asymmetrical effect.
Think about your personality and your outfits.
Choose a color you know to be flattering and easy to fit with your closet.
If you have a Boho style, berets, floppy wide brims and wide-bride fedoras are made for you. If you are more preppy, structured hats with a wide brim, bretons and boaters would be perfect fit.
Boyish style, then prefer newsboy cap, fedoras, bowlers, ball caps, beanies...
And for a vintage elegant then you could choose some beautiful pillbox style, fascinators and cloches.
Don't forget to consider your hairstyle: Many hats look best when long hair is pulled back and tucked into the ears but it is not a golden rule, so feel free to make your own style!