How to Pick a Hat for Your Face Shape

How to Pick a Hat for Your Face Shape

“Hats don’t suit me!”; “I don’t have the face for it.” You’ve probably said one of these two lines at least once in your life. Are you scared of being ridiculed, or of standing out too much? It’s time to put aside your reservations. Let us show you why everyone, without exception, can wear a hat, and wear it well.

The hat has existed for a very long time, and that says a lot. It appeared during early antiquity in Egypt, where various types of hairstyles were worn. One of the hat’s most recognized ancestors is the Phrygian cap, a common piece worn in ancient Greece.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's -  Credit: Pinterest

Originally, it was reserved for men, but women began to adopt the look during the 16th century. The hat was worn as a symbol of social status and sported during parades or official ceremonies. Between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 1960s, it rose in popularity, turning it into a wardrobe staple for everyone—leaving the house without one was virtually unthinkable. 

Today, it is considered a “simple” fashion accessory, and worn for special occasions or to protect our heads from the elements, rain or sun. This chameleon immerses itself into all wardrobes, and plays nicely with all styles. That’s if you know the design that suits you best.

Find Your Style

You love your friend’s hat, and it suits them like a glove. But, that doesn’t mean it’ll look the same on you. It's all about the shape of your face: short, round, oval, square, long. Discover our tips to find the hat of your dreams, and avoid committing a fashion faux-pas.

What to do if your face is:​


You are blessed! You look great in all hats. However, some cuts will look even better, consider the: panama, capeline, bowler, fedora or borsalino among others.

Get inspired by: Viggo Mortensen 

Viggo Mortensen


Here, the goal is to “shorten” your face by adding width to compensate for the length. Think hats with larger rims. Have fun and opt for oversized silhouettes such as the women's capeline.

Get inspired by: Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney


If your face is short, you need a style that will lengthen your face. Cheat a little and opt for a hat with a high cap (the upper part of the hat), to lend an elongated effect. On your shopping list: the Fedora—once again for the win!

Get inspired by: Kate Moss

Kate Moss


Leave hats with geometric shapes on the shelf, and welcome all styles with rounded details. This will help soften your edges. Go for round cuts with medium-sized rims, like the bell, melon or boater hats.

Get inspired by: Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie


To break up the roundness of your features and give your face more structure, turn to hats with geometric shapes: fedora, trilby, newsboy cap or a beret.

Get inspired by: Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Now that you know the basics of choosing a hat, find one that suits your face. Shop our selection of men and women’s styles, all handmade in Ecuador. Which one is your favourite?

Author: Pauline Ponchaux
Adapted from French by: Jonelle Larouche