While, you can wear whatever style of hat you want – and should – for the most flattering look, it’s a good idea to figure out the shape of your head. Indeed, different people have different head shapes and it goes without saying that different hats suit different people. As a general rule of thumb, the shape of your hat should balance out the shape of your face. No idea what we mean by that? Worry not. Here’s our IDEAL guide to hats and your face shape.


Oval face shapes can get away with just about anything. So if your face is oval, go crazy and try on all kinds of different hats. Your options are virtually endless when it comes to hat shopping (lucky you). Just make sure your hat works with your outfit and you’re good to go.


If you have a strong jawline and broad forehead, then you’ve probably got a square shaped face. As such, the goal is to don hats that soften your angles so experiment with circular styles. A floppy hat with a soft brim will balance the angular width of your jaw and forehead. Also, according to a stylist in Who What Wear, baseball hats are great for square faces as they can round your head shape and soften your features. You can even get a customised cap if you can’t find one to fit. Also, slouchy and soft styles like a beret will be especially flattering for you. 


If your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face, you have a heart-shaped face. Just like our oval friends, a heart shaped face can get away with pretty much any hat.  Enough said.


A round face shape is characterized by a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. In other words the width and length of your face is about equal and you have those round, full cheeks that Grandma’s just love to squeeze. You need a hat that will help balance out the roundness of your face and add some asymmetry to your look. Try going for something angular or a straight brimmed hat like a fedora (but not the floppy kind). Also, avoid beanies and hats with round crowns as they will just accentuate the roundness of your face.


Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.