Do you wear hats? Do you want to wear hats but you just can’t figure out which styles are best for you?
I think hats are one of things that mystify my clients the most.
Hats can be bold, fun, exotic, whimsical, elegant, feminine, sporty or edgy. One thing that’s for sure they are expressive and they demand attention. Take the recent royal wedding for example, the hat’s almost got as much attention as the royal couple.
Hats, like everything else, can be easy to wear if you know your personal brand and your personal style rules.
When you shop for hats, try considering my six S’s: Style, Shape, Scale, Season, Situation and Shade.
Personal Style—Do you have a personal brand? A true understanding of who you are? I recommend that you always consider your personal style when assessing the items in your wardrobe. If you haven’t been exposed to this concept, check out my Style Quiz and see what you learn about yourself. Once you know your personal brand you will want to choose the hat style that best communicates that brand.
Face Shape—Knowing your face shape will help you determine the best shape of hat or fascinator for you. If you aren’t sure of your face shape check out this blog.
Scale—It’s obvious once you think about it. You want to match your natural size and scale:
- If your face is small, you will be swamped in a big hat so don’t overpower it with a wide brim.
- If your face is larger, look for styles with more width.
- If you are tall you can carry off large-brimmed hats but avoid high crowns – they will only make you look taller.
- If you are petite you should wear small-brimmed hats with a high crown
Season—I’m sure you have a handle on this one – be mindful that your fabric choice matches the weather and season.
Situation- Clearly, you wouldn’t wear the same hat to a ball game, the beach, the royal wedding or a hot date.
Shade – Always consider your color palette when wearing clothes and accessories near your face. What shades of colors are most harmonious with your skin hair and eyes? Most of us are either warm or cool. Warm shades have yellow undertones and cool shades have pink and blue undertones. I now have a color app for my clients. We can do your color analysis digitally! All we need is a headshot. Check it out here.
Having a closet full of clothes that you love, show you at your best and communicate who you are is very powerful. Wearing hats is fun year round but it can be very intimidating. Stick to these rules and you will stand out from the crowd with style and confidence.