“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
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
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
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
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
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
Author: Pauline Ponchaux
Adapted from French by: Jonelle Larouche