When it comes to hats, not every piece is universal. Different hats are more flattering for certain face shapes than others. Ultimately, it’s all about proportion and finding the sweet spot where the piece brings harmony to your profile. For example, if you have a small face, don’t overpower it with a wide brim. Below, we share tips on nailing that perfect pick.

 

#1: Heart-shaped face

Heart-shaped faces have wider foreheads that taper as they approach a pointed chin. Medium-brim styles such as fedoras, cloches and baseball caps are best if you wish to balance out the proportion.

#2: Round-shaped face

A round face shape is almost as wide as it is long, with full cheeks and a rounded chin. With a soft mien, hats with crisp lines, have decorative crowns that create length, or boast asymmetrical lines and slants, are most suitable.

#3: Square-shaped face

A square face shape has a wide forehead and broad cheekbones, with the accompaniment of a strong, defined jawline. Unlike round faces, squares faces are angular and would suit softer, more rounded silhouettes. Beanies, bowlers, cloches and berets are the choices to make.

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#4: Long face

Longer than it is wide, with almost straight lines going down the sides before ending with a rounded chin, hats that have fitted crowns, have brims that cut across the forehead or sport wide brims that turn downwards are for you.

#5: Oval-shaped face

Considered the “perfect” face shape with symmetrical features, most hat styles would suit you just fine — it boils down to your own personal style and preference.

#6: Diamond-shaped face

Diamond face shapes have a narrow forehead and chin, while the cheekbones are wide and pronounced. Mid- to wide-brimmed hats with shallow crowns, beanies and head wraps that you wear further back on the head are for you.