Headwear – hats in particular – are accessories of choice especially when you want to achieve a standout look and be protected against the sun at the same time. However, pulling off a style with a hat can sometimes be a struggle. Often you look in every store and try on several hats to find that perfect one that suits your style and comfort. This may take a long time and can be very frustrating. Understanding your face shape and structure enables you to narrow down your search and quickly find the hat that fits you!
Looking in the mirror and assessing your face should not be a thing to be worried about. Here are some points to guide you in determining your basic face shape and tips for hat your hat selection.
Round-shaped face. Round is a great face shape as most of the hat styles suit this facial structure. However, avoiding anything that makes your face rounder is the key to pulling off any style of hat. Selecting angular and symmetrical hats with sharp lines will give your face some dimension. The ideal hats for this kind of face shape include newsboy hats, safari hats, ivy caps, and asymmetrical cloche hats. You may want to avoid snapbacks or wide-fitting hats.
Oblong-shaped face. An oblong-shaped face is characterized by a high length-to-width ratio and oftentimes a round chin. The key to finding the best hat is to avoid accentuating the length of your face. Finding hats that sit low on the forehead or have wide brims will do the trick as they balance the dimensions of your face. The types of hats that are ideal for this face shape are wide-brimmed floppy hats, Western-style hats, outback hats, and gamble hats.
Diamond-shaped face. Diamond-shaped faces have narrow foreheads and wide cheekbones that taper down to the chin. These are very angular faces, so you must choose a style that helps soften the sharpness of the face. Choosing a hat with a moderate to the wide brim with a pinched crown is best for this type of face.
Square-shaped face. Square is one of the more common face shapes. Having a square face means you have wide forehead and cheekbones, and a strong jawline. These characteristics give you the square illusion. Being a rigid face shape, you may opt to add some curvature to your face. Making your face look a little boxy can be achieved by looking for a hat style that has a rounded crown. Examples of these styles include bowler hats, a flat cap, or a baseball cap.
In general, figuring out what the shape of your face is the most important item to be checked when choosing the best style hat for you. Everyone’s face shape is different and sometimes you have a mix of these basic shapes. All the shapes and hat details above may be hard to understand but once you get to assess your facial structure and identify its features, finding the certain hat details and styles that compliment your face will come along easier.
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