Find the perfect fall hat to compliment your features with these foolproof tips from our resident stylist
Autumn is the always the perfect time for hats, especially this 2014 season when so many different types have graced runways and are displayed in just about every store imaginable. From felt fedoras to wide-brimmed caps, these eye-catching toppers are a great choice for anyone looking to step up their style game. Whether you're attending a polished event, running errands, or want to spruce up a simple outfit, hats can be that one little touch that gives you a big-time edge. And if you don’t think you’re a “hat person,” read on for easy tips for rocking the trend.
Like your favorite pair of jeans that hug you in all the right places, you want a hat that compliments your features. In this case, it’s your bone structure. If you have a round face, opt for a structured hat, like a flat-brimmed fedora, as opposed to something more malleable. The shapes will balance each other out and streamline your features. For a longer, oval face, choose a hat with some softness or movement in the brim, such as a boho chic floppy hat. If your face is square, try an asymmetric hat with strong angles. This style can balance your jawline, especially if it has a slightly dipped brim. Lastly, if you’re fortunate enough to have a heart-shaped face, take your pick because anything goes.
Consider the Fit
Would you wear a pair of stilettos if you fell down every time you took a step? Probably not, no matter how much money you shelled out for them! Like footwear, hats should fit comfortably. They say, “Beauty is pain,” but who wants to have a headache all day? Or worse, flat, creased hair. Definitely not me, and I have, on occasion, suffered for style!
You could go a few ways with color: choosing based on your complexion or on the trends. If you opt for the latter, know that this season’s palette emphasizes neutral tones, like black, tan, and grey, in addition to rich jewel tones, such as navy and burgundy. On the other hand, if you’re choosing a color to compliment your skin, keep in mind that when wearing a hat, overhead and natural lights will diffuse the color onto your face. When this happens, it’s best to choose a hue that compliments your natural coloring, such as beiges and browns for tan, golden skin and shades of grade for fair, porcelain complexions.
Once you’ve met the above criteria, congratulations, you have found yourself a wide brim hat you won’t take off for the rest of the season! Right now I tip my hat to all of the style savvy Instagrammers who are killing it right now with this fall accessory. See some of my favorite looks below for inspiration on how to make a wide brimmed hat work for you.
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