Headwear is quite important, as the focus of any good ensemble is the face – your clothing was created to lead the eye of an observer to your face, and to accentuate your features, and what do...
Choosing headwear that complements your face
Headwear is quite important, as the focus of any good ensemble is the face – your clothing was created to lead the eye of an observer to your face, and to accentuate your features, and what does this more or better than a well-chosen hat or cap?
A good hat or cap is easy to choose if you apply a few simple rules. The first thing you need to think about is the shape of your face. It is crucial to choose a hat that complements the shape of your face. Here are a few types of faces, and the kind of hats that suit them best…
The Defined, Square Facial Type
Headwear with a round crown, rather than a squared off crown, does wonderfully with this facial type. A brim with rolled edges also goes especially well here. And strangely enough, bowler hats work very well with this sort of face. Homburgs are also very charming, with their interesting shape and rolled brim.
In casual wear, the square facial type suits a baseball cap very well indeed – the round crown tends to soften the lines of the face, while still accentuating the features.
The Graceful, Oval Face
This facial type is especially well suited to all sorts of hats and caps, and you can have lots of fun experimenting. However, for those whose faces are rounder, you’ll want to go in for hats or caps that give you a more square, lean look. This means that you should choose squared off crowns whenever you can. Small or medium brims and narrow bands work best, as they tend to work towards the lean look.
It’s best not to go too casual with this facial type. Most of all, perhaps, you need to avoid round crowned casual caps (such as baseball caps), as they tend to make the beautiful, balanced features of the oval face-type seem round and unsightly.
The Large Forehead Facial Type
If you have a large, intelligent forehead, from which your face tapers down to a narrow jaw, you need to have a hat that balances this out. This means that you choose a hat with a short crown, so that the effect of the hat is not to make the top of the head seem larger.
The same goes for the hat brim – you need to choose a brim of medium width.
The Thin and Lean Facial Type
If your face is thin and lean, you probably have a lean figure as well. This sort of face and figure tends to suit just about any cap or hat – nevertheless, there are a few rules you still need to apply. A thin face tends to look longer, so when you choose a cap or hat, you don’t want to accentuate this.
I would advise you to go in for hats with shorter crowns, so as not to make the head look long. And you can use wider bands and brims – not only do these look wonderful, they tend to bring out and accentuate the features of the thin or lean facial type wonderfully. Above all, do not wear hats whose crowns are squared off – these do not suit the longer facial type.
In casual head wear, a soft rolled cap goes very well with this sort of face, giving a man a lean, rugged look, and accentuating the lines of a woman’s face.
Still not sure about your facial type?
If you’re still not sure about what facial type you are, go casual. Beanies look great on just about everyone, and so do woolen hats. These are especially good in winter, as they’re nice and warm.
If you’re not sure about your facial type, then my advice is to have fun and experiment – try your hand at different styles and colors until you come upon something that feels ‘right’.