Hats come in all forms and there is a hat style for everyone, you just need to know what you are looking for and what suits you. Like all clothes and accessories, it has to work with the rest of your outfit to look good. Before you buy a hat consider:
- What you are going to wear it with. Will the colour and style go with the clothes in your wardrobe? Can you wear it with more than one outfit?
- Where are you going to wear it? If it is for everyday wear, keep it simple. This way it is easy to wear with different tops, pants and dresses. If it is for a special occasion then have an outfit in mind or at least the colours that will match. Whether you buy the hat to match the outfit or the outfit to match the hat, check the colours and styles complement each other.
- Is it appropriate for the occasion you plan to wear it? Does it suit your lifestyle and dress personality?
If you are going to invest in a hat you want to get wear out of it. Look at the colours in your wardrobe and chose a hat in one of the colours you wear most often. Like all clothes and accessories, if you don’t love it, don’t buy it.
Think about the image you want to project when wearing the hat. Dress personality will pay a large part in your decision process; just make sure you feel comfortable when wearing the hat. The right hat will make you feel a million dollars when wearing it.
Try on more than one hat. Often you need to try on different styles to find the best one for you. Experiment with a few styles and try them on at different angles. You may be surprised at what looks good on you.
Make sure the hat fits. If it is too small or big you won’t wear it.
Keep your hat in proportion to you. For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small brims that draw attention upward to your face. Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you. For those who are more full figured, look for hats with irregular brims that draw the eye up and give you balance.
A hat expresses you. It is your message to the world and reflects your mood and image. Look for hats that enhance who you are, not what you aren’t.
See our Photo Gallery for ideas on how to wear hats.