"Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best."
― Martha Sliter
There are 9 different face shapes―diamond, heart, inverted triangle, oblong, oval, rectangle, round, square, and triangle. Of course, not every face can be divided into a particular category. It's quite common to belong to more than one face shape family. So, keep this in mind when you're choosing a particular haircut or hairstyle, putting on makeup, or wearing accessories.
Hats, an accessory, is one such fashion piece that requires more attention than you may think. Pertaining to the 9 face shapes we mentioned earlier, take a look at the various styles of hats that will suit your face the most.
If you don't know what is the shape of your face, you should get to it before trying on a hat. One tiny mistake can alter your appearance. Once you have determined your face shape, go through the information below on which hat to choose and how to wear them.
The Shape - Wide cheekbones, narrow chin and hairline, with a pointed jawline.
Elizabeth Hurley, Ashley Greene, Sophia Loren, and Scarlett Johansson, all have a diamond-shaped face. As you have a narrow hairline, opt for a wide-brimmed hat as it will flatter your forehead, making it appear wider than it actually is. Try either a medium- to wide-brimmed fedora (image above) or a white straw Panama hat. Just be sure that the width of the hat is not wider than your shoulders.
The Shape - Slightly wide forehead, along with a widow's peak (a sign of a true heart-shaped face), and a narrower, pointy chin.
Celebrities that have a heart-shaped face are Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kourtney Kardashian. Medium-brimmed hats are perfect for your face shape. A full- or wide-brimmed hat should be avoided as it will only make the chin appear even pointier. A cloche, a medium-brimmed fedora, or a pillbox hat will look amazing on you.
The Shape - Wider forehead than the jawline.
Jennifer Aniston and Anja Rubik (Polish model), both have an inverted triangle face. Very similar to a heart-shaped face, you too need to stay away from full- and wide-brimmed hats. Go with any medium, down-turned brim hats like a beret (slightly angled toward the side), or a cloche.
The Shape - Narrow, long face, wide jaw, and hairline with no definite corners.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Joan Smalls (Puerto Rican model), Liv Tyler, and Kate Hudson all have an oblong-shaped face. Avoid hats that have tall crowns that sit high over the head. This only increases the height of your face and head. Choose hats that have wide brims and with crowns that are deep so that it can cover a large portion of your forehead. Go with either a floppy hat, a wide-brimmed sun hat, or even a medium- to wide-brimmed fedora.
The Shape - Long face with the forehead and jawline slightly narrower than the cheekbones.
Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, and Eva Mendes have an oval-shaped face. It is said that any style of hat will complement the oval shape. But the style that suits the most is a wide-brimmed hat. But other than that, you have other options as well like a newsboy hat or a wide-brimmed fedora. Just be sure that the crown of the hat isn't narrower than your cheekbones.
The Shape - Long face where the width of the corners of hairline and jaw are similar.
Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock both have a rectangle-shaped face. Instead of going with small and narrow hats, try big and wide-brimmed hats such as a Raffia hat, a straw sun hat, or a Panama hat. These will make your jaw look more angular.
The Shape - The length and width of the face is same, with wide cheeks.
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Church, and Ginnifer Goodwin have round-shaped faces. As your face lacks angles, you should opt for hats that'll make your face appear longer and thinner. Your options are a conductor hat or a medium-brimmed fedora with a high crown that'll add length to your face.
The Shape - Length and width is the same with a wide hairline and a square jaw.
Fergie, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Wilde, and Rosario Dawson have square-shaped faces. You need a hat that'll balance, or rather cut through the crisp lines of your face. This can be accomplished with a bowler hat, a center dent fedora, a beret, or a beanie.
The Shape - Flat, narrow forehead with a strong, square jaw; the cheekbones are narrower than the jaw.
Minnie Driver, Billie Piper, Kathy Ireland, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, all have triangle-shaped faces. Almost any style of hat will suit you, but just make sure that the crown of the hat isn't narrower than your cheekbones. Try a Panama hat, a wide-brimmed fedora, or a cloche, and wear it straight across the brows.
Apart from the options provided above, if you have your heart set on other types of hats, don't be nervous to give it a try. At the end of it all, your confidence will make a huge difference in how well you can carry off the look. So, trust your instincts, and don't be afraid to experiment once in a while.