Choosing the Right Hats for Men

It can be hard to buy the right hats for men. The hat can look great on a mannequin but then look weird for your face shape. How do you know which is best to choose?

Your Head Size

Contrary to popular belief, the size of hats for men does matter and just one size won’t fit all. Measuring the head to make sure you find the right size is an easy step to take in the process of choosing a hat. You need a string or a tape measure to circle your head. Measure your head exactly where the hat will sit. If the measurement falls between two sizes, you want to choose the next largest size.

Your Face Shape

You then want to determine your face shape and learn more about what hats look the best on that face shape.

Oval: An oval face has a length that is one and a half times greater than the face width. The forehead can be a bit larger than the jawline. An oval face slightly resembles an egg. With an oval face, you can try any kind of hat you want. The possibilities are limitless and it depends on your personal preferences. If you are looking for some inspiration, look for hats with a wider brim or shorter crown.

Round: Round faces have the same length and width. Round shaped faces will want to add some asymmetry to the look with a fedora, baseball cap, or newsboy hat. Stay away from round crowns, which may emphasize the roundness of the face.

Oblong: This face is longer than it is wide. The jawline, cheekbones, and forehead are all similar in size. Oblong faces may also have high foreheads. A larger brim can offset the length of a long face. Avoid hats with tall crowns, which elongate the face even more.

Heart: This is a very common face shape. The chin is the narrowest part and there are a broad forehead and wide cheekbones. A medium brim hat is best for this type of face to help balance out the width of the forehead. Any type can work well, except for ones with large brims. Avoid shapes that accentuate the face.

Square: A square face is almost as long as it is wide. The distance from the chin to the forehead and from cheek to cheek is usually the same. With a square face, you will want to experiment with circular styles. Round crowns and brims will do the trick. Avoid styles that are angular and flat.

Triangle: Triangular faces have a large jawline and smaller cheekbones with an even smaller forehead. Triangle faces can be any length and also known as pear-shaped faces. With a triangle shape, you can feel free to try on many different hats, just like an oval shape.