Style guide / Women’s hats

Face shapes… and finding THE right hat for you

By Clara

There are many rules relating to face shapes and what hat styles do or don’t work… Here at Karen Henriksen HQ we think those rules are useful, but should be taken with a pinch of salt. We thought it might be useful to create a style guide specific to Karen's unique hats. But please feel free to experiment and be playful!

What is your face shape?

Ask your friends / family to take a good look at your face! It’s generally easier for others to see. 

The main face shapes are: oval, round, long, square and heart-shape. Since we've started talking about face shapes though, we are finding that most people are more than one shape, i.e. long oval, rounded square and so on. The shapes are a guideline more than a science!

I’m also including additional things to consider: the style of your hair, if you wear glasses and finally if you’ve been gifted with a wonderful Roman nose.





Main face shapes and recommended Karen Henriksen styles

-Oval shape: You're in luck as you can almost wear any hat shape! - Other factors come into consideration such as hair style and colouring.

-Heart shape: As with the oval shape, your choice of hat styles is wide! Caps, cloche hats brimmed hats and pillbox hats all work well - see model images of Alessandra and Rebekah. If you have prominent cheekbones, just make sure the crown isn't too narrow.

-Round shape: Go for asymmetric shapes and hat styles that have an angular feel: a small trilby like Sedley or Garbo: their asymmetric crown & short brim are good for round faces. Another brimmed hat, the Crawford works well too. The Kathy cloche is also good with a small round face. If it's a cap you're after, the Windswept DC design could be great. Stay away from hats that have a very round shape though, as this will accentuate your round features: avoid Sarah, and Linda for example.

-Long shape: Choose something with width - For example generous size caps such as Blaize, Linda, and Bonnie. Equally good would be wider brims, including Crawford - you could wear it quite low down to reduce length of your face. Wider cloches such as Sonia or Anne would work well too. Also a short brimmed hat such as Sarah is good as it has a bit extra width. From the Windswept collection, Georgia also has that little bit of extra width.

-Square shape: Go for an asymmetric look by wearing your hat to one side. Soften the shape of your face by choosing a hat with a rounder shape - A beret-cap such as Linda, or a wide brim with rounded crown such as the Pickford. Any berets such as Bonnie would be great, aswell as the Kathy cloche, or any short brimmed hat, would suit a small square face. The Windswept DC cap would work well too.



Other considerations: Glasses, Hair and Nose size

-Glasses: Most hats by Karen Henriksen  work with glasses - Just watch out, the Anne is a deep cloche style which isn't ideal with bigger glasses.

-Curly Hair: Avoid close-fitting crown styles such as the Petra cap- but more generous cap and beret shapes such as the BlaizeLinda and Bonnie work really well with curly hair. Broadwick is also good as it has a wide brim and wide crown.

-Straight Hair: You’re in luck as most hats can be worn with straight hair! In particular it looks nice tucked behind the ear(s) while wearing your hat. 

-Short hair: Small brimmed trilby-style hats such as the Garbo or Sedley would work well. Also for an androgynous look, try caps such as Petra and Helle.

-Wonderful Roman nose - Make full use of wide brims such as the Bergman or Crawford, Summer visors work well, or long peaked caps such as Petra, or the Windswept DC style which also features a strong peak.


Milliner's Eye

Karen has just revealed a skill I didn't know about: When a new visitor approaches (at a show for example), she can immediately visualise which style(s) would suit them! So if you’re feeling unsure which style would work best for you, please feel free to email us a picture of your face, your outfit and any questions. Or you can also get in touch to arrange a free style consultation in Karen’s London studio.

A rather lovely collection of Cockpit Arts Designs

Can you spot Karen's one-off couture hat?

The image was created by the communications team at Cockpit Arts with photographer Jamie Trounce. Used to promote the Cockpit Arts summer Open Studios, which will run between 9-11 June 2017, at the Holborn site. Hope you can join us in the studio!

In excellent company amongst other Cockpit Arts makers' work,  'Helen' sits pretty in sculpted grey and white vintage raffia.

In excellent company amongst other Cockpit Arts makers' work,  'Helen' sits pretty in sculpted grey and white vintage raffia.

Sports' Day: the Olympian-inspired Spring/Summer 2017 collection by Karen Henriksen

Fresh linens with feminine details

The collection is inspired by the Olympic sporting stye of last year's Olympic games in Rio, with a touch of retro 1950’s glamour. The collection features stylish caps, berets, and wide brimmed hats, as well as visors. They are made of fresh linens with accents of lace, colourful cottons, silk tweeds, and leather detail. Ribbon details echo the rosette form. New this season, some designs are available in practical viscose and linen blends, which are washable.  Karen says:

"I'm a fair-weather watcher of sport, but when the Olympics come on I get really passionate about the athletes' struggles and successes! In particular I love watching tennis, athletics, football and gymnastics."

Keeping cool with the  'Laura' cap

The brand new ‘Laura’ cap design is inspired by the style and personality of cycling champion Laura Kenny - she is always effortlessly stylish whilst radiating beautiful energy. Its wide opening at the back plays with traditional sports cap designs. The blue Laura features a generous ribbon at the back, a feminine touch for a very practical design.

Generous brimmed hats

The generous wide-brimmed ‘Alexa’ in 3 shades of red or natural linen is perfect for pool-side style. The ‘Stella’ in grey and black has a more urban feel and would be the perfect companion for any Wimbledon lover. Pictured above: 'Alexa' in natural linens and 'Lorna' in navy cotton blend.

Flat cap-meets-visor

As always, Karen is at the forefront of design innovation - she created the brand new Flat cap-meets-visors: ‘Asha’ and ‘Desiree’ , named after the British relay team. They keep the sun away whilst not being too hot. Very practical, they can be rolled up in your handbag without getting crushed.

Celebrating teamwork

The British successes at last year's Olympics were so impressive and inspired the colour palettes for the collection. Colour palettes are separated in 3 teams: Pool (fresh off-white linens, reds, dark blues), Track (dark blues, black and white textures) and Field (fresh greens, paleearthy tones, fine textures) 

Who is your favourite Olympian and what do you think of Karen's new collection? Find us on Instagram or Facebook and let us know!