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How to Buy a Hat That Flatters Your Face

They keep you warm in winter, protect your skin in summer, and are your go-to for bad hair days – but is your hat doing your face any favors?


  • Step 1: Try them on Try on hats in a variety of colors and note which ones flatter your skin tone. Pale complexions look best in warm tones, such as pink. If you’re dark-skinned, avoid black hats. Make sure the hat fits your head and doesn’t fall over your ears or squeeze your forehead.
  • Step 2: Choose a hat based on face size Choose a hat proportionate to your face size. If you have a small face, avoid hats with large brims and crowns. If you have a large face, don’t wear face-hugging hats.
  • TIP: Tuck your hair behind your ears or wear it in a low ponytail or bun before donning a hat.
  • Step 3: Get the right hat for your face shape Create length in a round face by choosing hats with high brims and sharp angles, such as a fedora or a bucket hat, and avoid rounded crowns. Long faces look best in hats with a low crown, such as a newsboy cap, or hats with large brims, such as sun hats or panama hats. Oval faces look good in just about any hat.
  • Step 4: Flatter your features Wear a hat that sits forward on your head and has a distinct brim if you have a large nose. A swept-up or angled-brim hat is the most flattering if you wear glasses. For every face shape, the hat’s crown should never be wider than your cheekbones. Play with angling so the hat looks its best on you.
  • TIP: Position the hat so that it sits in the center of your head, covering half of your forehead. Most people wear their hats too far back.
  • Step 5: Wear it with confidence Wear your hat with confidence. A hat definitely draws attention, so make sure you feel comfortable in it and let it show.
  • FACT: The Hat Act restricted hat manufacturing in colonial America to protect England’s fiber industry.

You Will Need

  • Knowledge of your face shape
  • Confidence

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