We rarely use head gear, mostly during the summer to save our skin from the sun and winters to save our ears from the cold. From being part of outerwear, head gear has now become an accessory to add to a look.
There are many different styles which also change as per occassions and use. Lets take a brief look at hattery and at some options :
1. Caps : these are casual headgear, they don’t have a overall brim but a front one covering the forehead. They are newsboy caps (twill) baseball (cotton or leather) and even suncaps (straw). They are now more of an accessory even for night outs instead of just protective outerwear. Baseball caps look good on round, newsboy on square and oval faces.
2. Fedora : it is small and mostly made out of weaves or felt with a band on the brim. Have been vogue recently for a fun look. Straw versions are good to beat the heat. Work best on round and heart shaped faces.
3. Berets and beanies : these are knit hats and only cover your head. Mostly baggy and cover your ears. Berets are smaller. Good for the winters, and a great accessory to go with your coats.
Berets go well with square and round faces and beanies for oval shaped.
4. Fascinators : these are headbands or clips attached to a small hat or feathers. Some even come with a net veil, they are very formal. Worn during derbys, weddings and formal gatherings with dresses. Look good on most face shapes as are more of headdress than a hat.
5. Floppy hats : woven hats which have a soft and floppy brim. Worn at the beach to shade one from the sun. Look good on heart and square shaped faces.
6. Derby hats : these vary in sizes and shapes. Coming in small to large brims and made of weaves or satin. They have flowers, bows and feathers attached and are quite the headturners. Worn formally over dresses and suits. Big brimmed work for oval and square shaped. Small brims for heart and round shaped faces.
7. Cloche hats: these are bell shaped hats. They are made of weaves or even felt. They are hard hats and don’t flop easily. Worn over dresses or pants, give a very English feel. Work well with oval and square as add some roundness.
These are the basic hats which can be worn for use and also to add to look. Your hat does not have to match your outfit and accessories. Its important that the hat fits as it should not be too loose or even too small. As it either looks sloppy or like it is perched on top of your head. The hat colour has to look good on your skin, just like makeup as it is on your face. Its important that it compliments it and you can refer to match-box for coordination tips.
The biggest confusion for most is : if I should or shouldnt wear a hat? Will it cover my face too much? Will it look over the top? The answer is if you feel comfortable and confident to carry it off then you should. Whether day or evening you have options to go with most outfits, be it summer brunches or winter high teas or coffees. They can compliment your look and be a different accessory than the regular run of the mill necklaces, earrings or scarf. They add more structure to your face and are perfect to play with bright lipstick colours as your face is partially hidden. There is also a misconception of them being tom-boyish, but with wide variety of styles available you can be the girliest girl.
As long as the hat compliments your look and goes with the outfit you are good to go. Just ensure that you don’t mismatch it for e.g. wear a fedora with an evening dress or jeans with a derby hat. Ensure the hat is intune with your look. Experiment and don different hats and face- hats.
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