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Choosing Your Perfect Hat Shape

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Oval & Triangular Face Shapes

The envy of us all, if you are one of the lucky ones and fall into this category its pretty much anything goes! This face shape will suit almost any style and this goes for both ladies and gents. You should be able to try on a vast range of styles and look good. Of course there may be certain styles that you prefer, you can also be a little more daring with hat trims and some of the unique styles that are becoming available.

It is however always a good idea to remember to keep your choice of hat in proportion with your body shape. Ladies, for instance with wedding hats there are various brim widths available but always keep the brim within your shoulder width. Your height is also an important factor, taller people in general can wear hats with more height and width compared to someone shorter who needs something neat with less brim & height to avoid the top heavy look. This goes for the fella's too!

Enjoy your advantage, experiment with different shapes until you find your favourite. You can tilt your trilby back slightly, wear it off centre or just how it was meant to be worn. Snap brims, flat brims, wide brims, short brims, tall crowns, pork pie crowns, crushable crowns, duckbill caps, oversized newsboys, tweed flat caps, baseball caps the list really is endless.

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Square Face

Wide, snapped up brims are the order of the day for gents here. The width is important for both the brim and the crown of the hat, try to avoid the narrow crowns with the centre dent. A nice full c crown or even a rounded crown would be perfect. Try tilting the hat a little towards either side or just wear it angled up at the front, this just adds a little more dimension.

The same goes for ladies, you would find a wide brimmed sun hat or a wedding hat will be best suited and again the width of the brim should be kept in proportion with your height and shoulders. For the winter a classic fedora with a gentle sloping brim, or a bakerboy cap would be a good choice.

When choosing a cap its important to go for something that's not too narrow, most flat caps do offer a reasonable width, newsboy caps are the obvious choice but for those who prefer a flat cap you should certainly be able to find something to suit. The duckbill style however may well be too narrow and will only enhance the shape of your face.

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Rounded/Full Face

The important thing to remember here is balance! When you have a full/rounded face a hat with a small to mid width brim would be ideal. The majority of trilby's will fall into this category, which will give you an excellent choice. Preferably try to keep the brim snapped down at the front rather than turned or rolled upwards. The same goes in formal hats for ladies, try to keep the brim width to 3" and under with a mid height crown.

Caps overall are not too much of a problem, perhaps the fullness of a newsboy cap will add a little more interest but again we have seen many gents look great in classic flat caps and the streamlined duckbills. Caps will help balance the roundness of your face as they add extra angles and dimensions.

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Heart Shape

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Diamond Shape

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Oblong/Narrow/Long Face

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