We love a great hat for the way it instantly pulls an outfit together, not to mention the sun protection. But for some of us, trying to find the right topper can feel like the pits. (How can something look so good on someone else yet make me look like a pumpkin-headed scarecrow?)
If Your Face Is Round, Try a Boater or Bolero
Anything with a high crown (like a fedora) can accentuate wider cheeks. Instead, opt for one of these flat-topped styles – the structured shape will offset the roundness. (We promise you won’t look like you’re in a barbershop quartet.)
If Your Face Is Oval, Try a Bucket or Lampshade Hat
We know what you’re thinking: Aren’t bucket hats best left to the Delia’s catalog and dads on vacation? Well, the 90s silhouette is back (and chicer this time, we swear). Both the bucket hat and its relative, the lampshade, are characterized by a downward-sloping brim, ideal for balancing a longer face.
If Your Face Is Square, Try a Wide-Brimmed Floppy Hat
Just as angular shapes flatter round faces, a less-structured shape is best for a strong jawline. (Remember, the goal is to complement your features, not mirror them.) Bonus points for on-trend details like a frayed brim or chunky stitching.
If Your Face Is Heart-Shaped, Try a Fedora or Panama Hat
You can pull off a variety of styles, but avoid anything too oversize, which can overwhelm daintier chins. These classic menswear hats have a smaller brim that won’t drown you but will still keep the sun off your face.