Recently I’ve been asked about what guidelines there are when choosing a hat to suit your face and your proportions/scale. As we approach the wedding season and the races, and with the weather still a little bit nippy, it’s a good opportunity to consider our headwear.
Hats date quickly and won’t necessarily have much longevity in your wardrobe. However, they can turn a plain outfit into something special. Here are my top tips for scoring a hat-trick with your hats:
- Brims should not extend beyond your shoulders.
- Grand-scale women (over 5ft 7” tall) should avoid pill-box hats, which will look out of proportion.
- Petite women (under 5ft 3”) should not be tempted by large, wide-brimmed hats as the scale will overwhelm their delicate features and frame.
- Complement your face with your hat shape. Rounded crowns and brims in loosely woven straw or soft fabrics suit round faces.
- Square or rectangular faces will look good in flat crowns and straight brims.
- A downward-sloping brim doesn’t work with a short neck and can emphasise jowls; a brim with an upward tilt will help to lift the face.
- A completely coordinated outfit with matching hat looks contrived; a complementary or contrasting colour adds interest to an outfit.
- Dark colours cast a shadow over your face.
This image is of a hat from Marks & Spencer which I tried on. It’s a great fit, great quality and a great colour for £17.50. Good luck with your shopping!