I must say that hats have never been a fashion accessory I considered worth purchasing.
This is simply because I never found one that framed my face properly.
I had no clues whatsoever as to what to look out for when buying a hat.
Prior to fedoras (I felt hat that was hitherto most commonly worn by men) hitting the fashion scene some years back, I used to think of it as an accessory for the “prim and proper” in society (to denote their social status) … like you’d see in the movies where the fancy people would flaunt their hats at Polo events or other prestigious gatherings.
Just as you’d consider your face shape when shopping for sunglasses or a pair of earrings you should do the same when shopping for hats.
Hats are hot this season and not only for cold or bad weather or for covering bald hair but also shielding your face and eyes from the sun and a great complement to your outfit!
For such a person, your facial angles aren’t well defined or distinct and you’d need a good hat that can provide some geometric dimension to your lovely face and also elongates you.
Consider the crown and brim of the hat.
Go for a full brim hat with unusual asymmetry especially if you’re a heavier lady so that you can tilt the brim(the edge of the hat) to one side to give your face the lines it cannot naturally create.
For a petite lady, the smaller you are, the smaller your hat should be so that it does not overwhelm you.
Additionally, your hairstyle will influence your choice of hat.
Also consider the dimension, colour and style of the hat before purchasing.
For a thin face you would need something that gives added width to your face.
Choose hats with a low crown in order to minimize the appearance of a long and thin face.
Hats with brims that tilt downwards minimize the appearance of a long face and long neck.
An individual with a square face should wear a medium full crow hat which hould be rounded rather than square!
A round crown or turned up brim will help soften the square lines on your face.
Other points to note when hat shopping!
Do not pick a hat just because it looks good on a mannequin!
Do not be bashful.
Ask a sales person for assistance or ask a friend to accompany you when hat shopping.
Consider the time and place you would want to wear your hat.
For example, it would be inappropriate to wear a straw hat in Alaska or to a wear a cowboy hat at your wedding!
Consider the dimension, colour and style of the hat before you purchase it.
Source: The Weekend Globe