Womens Fashion Hats

"Fashion Advice on How to Buy & Wear Hats"


Brown leather fedora hat from Karmaloop
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I bet you've noticed how womens fashion hats can instantly change the way you look?

Your face is the first thing most people notice about you, and a hat will intensify their first impression of you. That's why wearing a hat style that complements your personal style and face shape will help you feel confident to give off a fabulous impression.


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My advice to women who want to start wearing hats is to select a style you feel comfortable wearing - own it, instead of making it look like you're hiding a pimple on your forehead!

Selecting the right fashion hats is crucial to pulling off that cool-and-trendy look. Here are some shopping tips and fashion advice on on how to sport the hat-look with style:

What Hats to Invest In?

If you want to get the most out of your money you first need to secure fashion hats in simple and timeless styles in versatile colors.

Examples are: Fedora hats, beanies for winter, beret, newsboy and super chic wide brim straw hats, without any fancy details, and in your best neutrals (such as straw beige, white, black, brown, dark navy blue, etc.) depending on your coloring.

Timeless fashion hat styles


The more frill thus less flexible it gets to match with multiple outfits. We want to select a versatile color and design that can be worn year after year. And the nice thing about this "rule" is that you can easily throw these on without having to think twice about how the colors or outfit will match!

But of course, if fashion hats are your signature style, grow your hat collection with bright colors and cute/trendy details! For example, a beret in bright red or a straw hat with ribbon detail.

In my personal opinion, a real fashionista should own at least:

Wardrobe hat essentials
  • One straw sun hat for Summer (eg. wide brim, fedora)
  • One wool hat for Fall/Winter (eg. beanie, beret, newsboy)

I think they can complete your look, especially for the colder winter months when you really need to keep your head warm.

Hats in Your Best Colors

Another important factor in looking your best is to select hats in your best colors and neutrals.

Warm and cool colored womens fashion hats

  • If you have a cool coloring you'll look best in neutrals such as black, dark navy blues, sand, greys and soft/pure white.
  • If you have a warm coloring you'll look better in neutrals such as brown, beige, camel and olive green.

Learn how to find your best colors to give your face a gorgeous, healthy glow.

Are Hats Your Style?

Kate Moss wearing a fashion hat
Kate Moss via gettyimages
Ask yourself if you're comfortable wearing a hat?

Making sure you feel a hat complements your style is super-important in looking confident and stylish. Let (insert your name) wear it and not the other way around! It has to blend in with your outfit and personality.

Try wearing one for a day. How do you feel? Is it you? It's so easy to get excited when shopping for hats.

But trust me, if you're not comfortable wearing one, it won't look good on you.

Here are a couple of signs that a hat may not be for you:

  • Like a parrot that doesn't belong in a pigeon crowd - it'll look away, stand out, look out of place, etc. That's normally how a person would feel if they're not comfortable with wearing something.
  • When wearing it you feel like it's always in your way; you keep adjusting it, trying to find any glass or mirrors in hope of catching a glimpse of how your hat looks on you

With me, I feel less comfortable wearing a newsboy (I just feel a wee masculine), but I feel glamorous in a wide brim and cute in a beret, and it shows.


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The Best Fashion for Your Face Shape

Rachel Bilson with a fashion beanie hat
Rachel Bilson via David Gabber/Photorazzi
I often witness women wearing the wrong hat for their face shape. It's almost embarrassing, really. The hat is either too big, making their face look smaller; or too small, making their wide face wider.

That's why you should spend some time in determining your face shape - and learn what shapes and haircuts flatter it.

Like for example, if you want your face to look slimmer and longer then a hat with some height in the crown or vertical ribbed texture will help.

Hats with embellishments just above your forehead will also add more length to your face by drawing the eye upwards.

If you want to do the exact opposite ( shorten a long face) then flat crowns and hats with a little bit of width at cheekbone level will do the trick.

Let's take a look at my hat suggestions for each face shape:

Hat Styles Recommended for the Different Face Shapes


Oval

You'll sport a variety of fashion hats.

However, one of your best styles has large brims that are either floppy or straight and no wider than your shoulders. Looks very classy on your nicely proportioned face shape.

Learn more on how to style your Oval Face Shape


Best hats for Oval Face Shape
Courtesy of Socialite Life




Round

Your goal is to elongate your face to make it look more like an oval, as well as add definition.

So look for:

  • An irregular brim
  • A prominent crown
  • Vertical design features such as feathers

Learn more on how to style your Round face shape

Best hats for Round Face Shape
Courtesy of Stella Pictures





Rectangle

Your focus is to soften your jawline.

So look for

  • Hats with full brims
  • Uplifted brims
  • Avoid high crowns and small brims that make your face look longer

Learn more on how to style your Rectangle face shape

See Square face below.


Best hats for Rectangle Face Shape
Courtesy of Celebutopia







Square

Your focus is to soften your jawline and elongate & slim your face shape.

So look for:

  • An irregular brim and a prominent crown will make your face appear longer
  • ... and wear it at an angle to soften your face's squareness

Learn more on how to style your Square face shape


Best hats for True Square Round Face Shape









Oblong

Your styling focus is to shorten your face shape and add some width.

So look for:

  • Full or upturned brims
  • Not too much height in the crown (slightly flat)

Learn more on how to style your Oblong face shape

Best hats for Oblong Round Face Shape








Triangular

Your goal is to to add width at the forehead.

So look for:

  • Any hat style that adds width at the forehead
  • Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height which help to draw attention upwards

Learn more on how to style your Triangular face shape

Best hats for Triangular Face Shape
Courtesy of Splash News




Diamond

Your focus is to widen your forehead.

So look for:

  • Hats with medium brims to avoid making your forehead or chin narrower
  • Hats with side bands to help visually widen your forehead

Learn more on how to style your Diamond face shape

Best hats for Diamong Face Shape









Heart/Inverted Triangle

You'd want to select hats that narrow your forehead.

So look for:

  • Hats with a prominent crown to make your forehead appear narrower
  • Medium brim to prevent your chin looking narrower
  • ... And wear a hat on an angle

Learn more on how to style your Heart face shape

Best hats for Heart Face Shape
Courtesy of JustJared






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Scale the Hat

Also have your face and hat size in mind.

If you have a narrow or small face then a chunky knit hat won't be the best option for you as it can drag your face down and make it look thinner/smaller in comparison.

Fashion hats with more volume and thicker texture/fabric will flatter fuller and wider faces.


Complement Your Body Shape

When you try on different womens fashion hats, look at yourself in a full-length mirror to make sure that it looks in proportion to your frame (body shape), height and overall silhouette.

Take a look from the sides and see if it flatters you from all angles.

If you're familiar with how dressing your body shape works you won't be surprised that a hat can help you achieve a symmetrical, hourglass figure.

If you're bottom-heavy a wider hat will help "fill in" the narrow part of your body.

Or if you're top-heavy, slimmer hat styles will de-emphasize your wide shoulders and full bust.

A brim wider than your shoulders are a definitive no-no as it can throw your silhouette off balance.


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