Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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3 Steps to find the perfect hat for you.

Hats! Hats! Hats! It’s a love/hate relationship for many, but they are the new accessory for fall that can say a lot about your personal style. Celebrities have some of most sought after domes for a stylish hat, many have popularized a particular style of their own. If we re-cap on a few famous names, Ashton Kutcher started a trucker hat phenomena and the Britney Spears and Kevin Federline duo brought back the fedora with much class as they could muster, and it worked. Even if you don’t have celebrity status you can revamp your wardrobe with a few simple tricks. There is the perfect hat out there just waiting for you to wear it. Many hat virgins believe that there is not a chance that they can pull off that funky fedora or a tantalizing top hat, but with the right style and a few pointers they might be pleasantly surprised. When selecting a hat the first thing you must remember is: it’s all in the details. The perfect hat should compliment your face shape, your body type and the have a good overall fit.

Step 1. Finding the perfect hat starts with determining the shape of your face. If you do not already know your face shape, the simplest way is to look in the mirror and trace the outline of your face. It is easiest to use an eyeliner pencil or some other kind of oil-based pencil. Once you have decided which category you and your melon belong to it is time for the next step.

Face shapes:

Square: Your head will be equally wide at the forehead, cheeks, and jaw line.
Tips: wear the hat at a slant or have the brim sitting asymmetrically

The forehead will be broader and then taper into a small, narrow chin.
Tips : wear the hat straight across the eyebrow and hairline. Try to avoid a crown(the part of the hat that sits on your head) that is narrower that the width of the cheekbones.

The forehead and chin will be round with wide, full cheeks. Tips: Choose hats with high brims and angular shapes. Avoid round, circular, or floppy-shaped hats these will only emphasize a round face.

You will have wider cheekbones and then narrow down to the jaw line and chin. Oval face shape will also be narrow up towards the forehead. Tips: You can get away with almost any style of hat. Feel free to play with all the gorgeous shapes and styles.

Step 2. Determining your body type is necessary in terms of proportion. The general rule of thumb is if you are on the smaller side a smaller hat is right for you. If you are on the bigger side than a larger hat will work best.

If you're petite:
Choose hats with a small brim and low crown. Avoid big hats, which can be overpowering to small frames.

If you're tall:
Choose hats with a wide brim and a shorter crown. Avoid narrow, angular-shaped hats.

If you're full-figured:
Wide, full-brimmed hats can add balance to a curvy figure.

Step 3. The last and final step is to make sure that the size is correct. Size is all objective to what you feel is snug to your head but you do not want the hat to be falling off or to have a death grip on your noggin’. The average size for a hat is 22” diameter, so go from there. If you shop at a specialty stores, such as a hat shop you should be able to find most hats in this size. Specialty stores may cost a little more but they carry a wider range of sizes and styles, they can also help if you’re unsure about your size.

Whether it’s a bowler, fedora, porkpie, beret, newsboy cap, or even an optimo your fashion objective is to have to a new accessory that looks great on you. So go ahead have fun, cater to your cranium.

1 comment:

saudia khan said...

I really like this article, I've never actually thought about my body size when it comes to picking out hats.