How to Choose a Hat for Your Face Shape

Intern Shelby Parrott here! Shopping can feel intimidating, especially when shopping online.”Will this look good on me? Will it flatter me and my face shape? What even IS my face shape?” Well, no worries! We got you, girl! While, obviously, you can wear whatever hat style you want, sometimes when you’re shopping online for a hat for the first time, it can be nice to have some directions before you go off driving on your own. So, here are ways to determine your face shape and what hats will suit you the best before you hit the “add to my cart” button on a Polly Singer Couture Hat! 😉 

The best way to figure out your face shape it to either take a photo of your face or look in the mirror and with your finger outline the shape of your face. To get the full look it is best to tie your hair back to get your full face in view. You could also whip out the measuring tape if you feel like it, but it is best to just examine your face and facial features. Determining your forehead, cheeks, jaw, and face lengths are the keys to figuring out facial shape. 

And what better way to learn about what hats to wear than from the best hat wearers out there? The Royals!

 
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Kate Middleton: Oval Face Shape
 
Lucky you, oval face shapes work with pretty much anything! It is best to not go with anything too round or narrow to the face because sometimes that can make the face look smaller and rounder. Our best suggestion would be a fedora. It’s the perfect in between like the oval face shape! It’s not too wide or too close to the face, not to mention a classic that you can wear season after season. Some things just never go out of style! 
 
 
 
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Meghan Markle: Heart Face Shape
 
The heart face shape usually consists of a wider forehead and a pointy chin making the perfect heart-like shape! Heart shape faces also go with many different styles but it is best to stay away from wider brims and floppier hats as they can make the forehead look larger and not flatter the face shape as much. The best would be a hat that is closer to the face or a medium to smaller brim to perfect fit your face. 
 
Our suggestion would be the Virginia Black Cloche Hat.  Perfect for this face shape plus not to mention a lovely vintage inspired look. 
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Sally Honey Brown Profile Wool Hat

Princess Beatrice: Round Face Shape

With round face shapes, it is best to stick with hats that are not close to the face. If the hat sits too close to the forehead or the rest of your face it can just emphasis the roundness. It is best to go with a wider brim and, even better, something that is upturned from the face to give your face height. Or wear your hat slanted back for the same look.

Are suggestion would be the Sally Tan Upturned Hat. It’s wide and upturned brim is perfect for rounder face shapes! Plus it’s a great Fall essential for your wardrobe! 

 

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Princess Diana: Square Face Shape
 
Square face shapes usually consist of a strong jawline, great high cheekbones and a longer face. With square face shapes, go with a wide floppy style hat. This way it softens the look and contrast greatly with the square jaw line. 
 
We suggest our Isabelle Oversized Sun Hat. Perfect with its wide and floppy brim. Plus not to mention making a fun fashion statement! 
 
 
 

Don’t forget though, wear whatever makes YOU feel good! These are just some guidelines you can follow if you’re feeling unsure. But, of course, how you feel is the most important. 

Happy Shopping! 

For Greatest Ease in Choosing A Hat, Pick a Solid Dress

Adrianna Papell

Many of my clients have been long-time Derby attendees. Over the years, they have tried different tricks. The latest seems to be picking a solid dress and then making the hat the focal piece. When you do that, it’s easy to work all sorts of colors into the hat. I’ve chosen some dresses that would work with most of our hats.

Calvin Klein at Nordstrom's

A number are picking a solid navy, black or cream dress. Prints are great fun and I love them. However it can be difficult to incorporate 3-4 colors from a printed dress into a hat. It can be done and I do it all the time. The only problem is that things get incredibly busy between now and May 1st, making sourcing different colors harder.

Eliza J Ruffle Neck from Nordstrom
If you are wearing a solid dress, the hat can incorporate all sorts of cool colors and features. With a solid dress, the hat becomes the focal point.

Taylor Dresses Ruffle Jacquard Sheath from Nordstrom
Lots of prints that I see this year have green and purple in them. Overall I am seeing more people wanting color (and bright ones) in their hat choices and outfits. I think everyone has been through a long winter and being visual people, we want bright colors and lots of it.

All of the dresses pictured above are available from shop.nordstrom.com. For those of you who like to shop at all hours and/or don’t like dealing with shopping in person, this is a good site to choose from.