News

Hat News by Karen Henriksen

Style Guide|Men’s Hats | Face shapes

How to find the ideal flat cap or beret cap for your face shape

By Clara

Face shapes and body shapes are an intuitive thing - you might have a general sense of what hats and flat caps work for you without knowing exactly why. It can sometimes be useful to hone in on these things when choosing clothes or a hat. Here are a few tips and suggestions for you to experiment with.

We wanted to create a specific style guide for Karen’s extensive collection of men’s flat caps and men’s beret caps. Thanks to Karen’s creative approach to hat design and expert pattern-cutting skill, they are quite unlike any generic styles to be found on the high street - hence this style guide for men!

What is your face shape?

Haircuts-for-various-face-shapes.jpg

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, diamond, square and heart-shape. Since we've begun the conversation on men’s face shapes, we are finding that most people are more than one shape, i.e. long oval, rounded square and so on.

Add in the mix whether you have a long or short forehead, prominent ears, whether you wear glasses or a beard: you now have a whole load of variables beyond your face shape! It’s all about getting the right balance and proportion to suit your face. Everyone is different!

First and Foremost… Your Forehead

 Eric: Oval Face Shape. Eric wears  Clive  (left) and  Assa  (right). Photos from the Hats for Everyman  Project .

Eric: Oval Face Shape. Eric wears Clive (left) and Assa (right). Photos from the Hats for Everyman Project.

Eric suits many of hat styles with his oval face shape. With his longer forehead, we would suggest choosing deeper-fitting flat cap styles such as Clive, Otley, Shelvey, or any of the beret-caps.

Equally If you have a shorter forehead, the shallower men’s flat caps would suit you well, such as Garvey and Skipton. Here is what I mean by deeper or shallower fit:

Karen Henriksen- Mens Face Shapes for Flat Caps- Garvey and Clive Depth Comparison.jpg

Men’s Face Shapes: it takes all sorts

 Alex: Long heart shape face. Alex wears  Otley  (left),  Assa  (centre),  Clyde  (right)

Alex: Long heart shape face. Alex wears Otley (left), Assa (centre), Clyde (right)

Alex’s long heart face shape suits fuller flat cap and beret cap shapes, to give a little extra width, and balance out the length of his face. Otley is the widest flat cap style. Clyde also adds extra width with that flattering softer beret-style cap. If you have a long face like Alex, avoid narrow hat styles or anything that adds height.

 Brandon: Oval face shape. Brandon wears  Gower  (left) and  DC Windswept  cap (right)

Brandon: Oval face shape. Brandon wears Gower (left) and DC Windswept cap (right)

Brandon’s oval face shape suits most hat styles. Generous berets and caps good if you happen to have generously-sized ears, as they helpfully cover and create more volume around this area.

 Matt: diamond shape face. Matt wears  Skipton  (left),  Kirby  (centre) and  Shelvey  (right)

Matt: diamond shape face. Matt wears Skipton (left), Kirby (centre) and Shelvey (right)

If you have a diamond face shape like Matt , pick out caps with a fair amount of depth and a bit of width too, such as Clive, Shelvey, Clyde or Assa. Diamond face shapes can be a little more tricky than other face shapes, but definitely avoid any flat cap that’s narrow or men’s hats that add a lot of height.

 James: long square face shape. James wears  Gower  (left),  Skipton  (centre),  Assa  (right). Photos from the Hats for Everyman  Project .

James: long square face shape. James wears Gower (left), Skipton (centre), Assa (right). Photos from the Hats for Everyman Project.

If you have a long square face shape like James, choose rounder shapes, such as flattering beret caps with a bit more volume. His beard is also helping to soften the straighness of his face. Peaks are helpful for glasses wearers as they add volume in front of your face.


Finally… Colour and tone

Choose colours that will contrast with you skin tone - generally avoid colours that are too close to your skin tone as it can make you look washed out.

Matching your hat to your eye colour is pretty much guaranteed to look great - especially if you have blue or green eyes, look out for the lovely seagrass/ blue toning tweeds. Grey haired men shouldn’t shy away from wearing tones of grey, textured grey tweeds.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed these few pointers. Let us know your thoughts!