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At last, we're at the final frontier in accessorizing: the hat. While your grandma probably wore a hat almost every time she left the house, these days they are definitely about making a fashion statement. You can look hippie with a knitted beret, vintage with a cloche, or urban funky with a cabbie hat, just for starters...and they can keep your head warm in winter and shield your scalp from the sun in summer.

The most important thing is to know your face shape and what will work on you. Rounded faces should look for tall, shallow crowns (the kind where it sits high on your head) and brims that are wider than your face. Square faces should look for hats that sit high on the forehead. Long faces should look for deep (sits low on the head), wide and flared brims...stay away from high crowns because they'll just elongate your face further. Heart- and diamond-shaped faces with narrow chins should avoid wide brims; oval faces can pretty much wear anything.

Think balance when choosing a hat. People with more round features should choose more straight lines to balance; if you have strongly angular features, look for swooping brims or curvy embellishments to soften your line.

Body size plays a role also. For the most part, the larger the woman the bigger the hat she can pull off, but I would say not so much for a short and plus size woman (hi!) because a large brimmed hat just makes me look like a mushroom. If you're tall or have a big head, avoid teeny hats.

And about that head size: make sure a hat fits you well. It should be snug, but not tight, across the band. Make sure the hat you choose fits you right without falling around your ears or having to be jammed on and losing its shape.

Are you a hat wearer? What kind?



by on Aug. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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lasombrs
by Sara on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I have never been a fan of hats

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

i like hats...they dont like me LOL

critter_boo
by Sarah on Aug. 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Baseball hat
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wandep
by Pam on Aug. 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Only when I am out in the sun for a long time will I wear a hat.

ethans_momma06
by on Aug. 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I'm not really.

Lily.Asylum
by on Aug. 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I love hats but they are usually ones I knit myself. I do have a full hat with veil for funerals. It is in a nice hat box at the top of my closet. 

bether89
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM

 I usually wear a sun visor when I am going to be outside  alot.

mereinhart28
by on Aug. 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I'm not really a hat person. I have one baseball cap I wear from time to time, and in the winter I'll wear a hat if it's really cold. 

fraujones
by Amanda on Aug. 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I'm not a big hat person. I've owned a few newsboys over the years, but I rarely wear them. 

amy7243
by on Aug. 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

 Nope I do not wear them. I do think alot of them are cute though.

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