Style Guide｜Men’s Hats｜Face shapes
How to find the ideal designer flat cap for your face shape
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.
Let’s get down to business and find out what your face shape is. Using examples from Karen’s range of designer flat caps, let’s see how your face shape may affect your choice of headwear.
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.
You can also try looking at the mirror straight on, and squinting slightly. Focus on the general outline of your face, and try not to be distracted by any other elements such as your hair style, beard etc.
The main face shapes are: oval, round, oblong, 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 set of variables to consider beyond your face shape!
Follow our style guide for some tips and pointers, which we hope will be helpful in choosing a designer hat, flat cap or beret cap. It’s all about getting the right balance and proportion to suit your face. Everyone is different!
First and Foremost… Your Forehead
A little tricky to tell but a useful one to know: how long is your forehead?
To find out, compare with a friend in front of a mirror. Examples below show Alexander Skarsgård’s longer than average forehead, while Zac Effron is on the other end of the forehead spectrum!
The length of your forehead can inform your choice of flat cap, since a deeper fit would suit a longer forehead, while a shallower fit would work well for a shorter forehead. Here are a couple of examples below showing a deep and shallow fitting designs.
Colour and tone
Another factor to add to the mix: colour and tone. Choose colours that will contrast with you skin tone - generally avoid colours that are too close to your skin tone as they 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 subtle pale green seagrass or blue toning tweeds and fabrics. Grey haired men shouldn’t shy away from wearing tones of grey, textured grey tweeds.
Men’s face shapes - Case studies & style guide
Alex: long heart shape
Alex’s face shape is both long and heart shaped. It suits fuller flat cap and beret cap shapes to give a little extra width, and balance out the length of his face too. Otley is the widest flat cap style. Clyde also adds extra width with that flattering softer beret-style effect. If like Alex, you have a long face, avoid narrow hat styles or anything that adds height.
Brandon: oval face shape
If like Brandon you have an oval face shape, lucky you! Oval face shapes suit most hat styles.
Generous berets and caps are especially good if you happen to have generously-sized ears, as they helpfully create more volume around this area.
Matt: diamond face shape
If you have a diamond face shape like Matt, pick out a flat cap with a fair amount of depth and a bit of width too. This works well to add balance. It would be best to try styles on if possible. Diamond face shapes can be a little more tricky than other face shapes, but certainly do try to avoid any flat cap that’s too narrow, or styles that add any height.
James: Long square face shape
If you have a long square face shape like James, choose rounder shapes, such as flattering beret caps or flat caps with a bit more volume. James’ beard is also helping soften the length and straightness.
Finally a note on glasses: cap peaks cen be helpful for glasses wearers (…and men with generous noses for that matter!) as they add volume and balance in front of the face.
To tilt or not to tilt?
Finally, a note on tilting: do you like to wear your caps straight or at an angle?
For certain people especially men with round face shapes, such as Rory Kinear, it is a good idea to wear your flat cap at an angle. Adding a bit of asymmetry to your look can certainly be flattering. Beyond this, it really is down to personal preference!
Have a try and see for yourself
The best way is still to have a feel, try it on and see how you like it in the flesh. All our 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. Having said that, don’t let this put you off from ordering online as all orders can be returned for a refund or exchange.