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Style Guide|Women’s Designer Hats|What to wear if you have a square face shape

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Do you ever wonder how your face shape can affect your choice of hat?

Today at Karen Henriksen HQ we are thinking about ladies with a square (or square-ish!) face shape, and what hats might suit them - in order to help you to find out what might suit you, and which shapes to look for when choosing a hat for yourself.

(If you’re not sure what your face shape is, take a look at this post for some helpful tips.)

Famous square shaped faces

Taking inspiration from the worlds of entertainment, media and sport, here are a few square shape faces which will be followed by our handpicked selection of designer hats recommended by Karen.

BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg

BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg

Actor Ruth Wilson.

Actor Ruth Wilson.

Actor, director and producer Olivia Wilde.

Actor, director and producer Olivia Wilde.

England football team’s captain Steph Houghton.

England football team’s captain Steph Houghton.

When choosing a hat for a square face shape, it’s all about adding a round silhouette, and a little asymmetry too.

Steph Houghton’s hairstyle in the photo is working in this way: it is adding a softer, rounder silhouette: if she was wearing tightly pulled back hair, it would emphasize the squareness of her face.

When choosing a hat, go for styles that add volume and roundness. Avoid hats with square or very geometric/structured crowns. Wearing your hat tipped to one side generally works well and looks elegant, too.

Designer hats for square face shapes

1. Berets

With their soft pleats and rounded shape, berets worn to one side are a great choice for square face shapes.

Aimee, a versatile and easy to wear beret.

Aimee, a versatile and easy to wear beret.

Aimee in a black herringbone.

Aimee in a black herringbone.

The long-time favourite beret design Bonnie is ideal for square face shapes with its flattering pleats and button detail.

The long-time favourite beret design Bonnie is ideal for square face shapes with its flattering pleats and button detail.

2. Brimmed hats

When it comes to brimmed hats, look out for the styles with a more round crown, and those featuring a little asymmetry.

Pickford is a fedora style hat with a rounded crown.

Pickford is a fedora style hat with a rounded crown.

Kathy’s retro look would be flattering for square face shapes.

Kathy’s retro look would be flattering for square face shapes.

A generous wide brim, Lorna also features a rounded silhouette.

A generous wide brim, Lorna also features a rounded silhouette.

3. Caps

When it comes to peaked caps or beret-caps, again look out for designs that offer a rounded silhouette and some asymmetry.

Linda: a true hybrid of beret and cap.

Linda: a true hybrid of beret and cap.

The pleats in Wanda’s design make for a flattering shape.

The pleats in Wanda’s design make for a flattering shape.

Rye is a peaked cap with generous volume.

Rye is a peaked cap with generous volume.

Finally, if you have a strong chin, choose a style with a peak or a medium to wide brimmed hat to balance things out.

Have a try and see for yourself

I hope you found these tips useful. The ideal way to see what fits is still to have a feel, try a design on and see how you like it in the flesh.

All our hats, flat caps and beret-caps are made in-house, in the London studio by Karen herself. Everything is made to order and to size, to ensure the perfect fit. All online orders can be returned for a refund or exchange.