How to Wear a Hat

Hats are style enhancing accessories worn throughout the year. There are different types of hats appropriate for cold and warm seasons accordingly. Among the great variety of hats it is sometimes difficult to choose one style only. So if you have a weakness for hats learn more about them and fill your wardrobe with different types of hats that will suit you perfectly. Use them for different outfits and have a nice and elegant look.

How to Wear a Hat

Hats have a long history. During times some hats have been updated, others, however, have remained the same. A hat does not only serve as a head garment protecting you from weather conditions or serving for fashionable purposes, but it has a significant importance. It can be worn on religious basis, can be a part of a uniform or can identify a title.

Practical hats are those, which serve for a certain purpose, not just for the reason of having a great or accentuated stylish look. To this type belong, for example, hats for school uniforms, sporting club uniform matching hats, culinary hats, normally used in restaurants or in food production for hygiene purposes, garden straw hats, military, navy, police hats and so on. For sporting purposes there are special hats that are appropriate for the particular sport.

In order to have wider knowledge about hats and know which style to match with certain clothes, let’s see which type of hats is appropriate for summer and winter, as well as how to wear hats right.

Winter Hat Styles

The best style for winter hats is the beanie hat, worn snugly on top of the head. Think beanie hats with puffy balls on top or even with visors. For winter time it is recommended to take hats with ear flaps as well, since the two sides of the latter hang on your ears and make you feel warm. Berets, fedoras and knitted hats are also appropriate for winter wear.

When it comes to the material, you can opt for heavy fabrics: woolen ones, for example. You can have knitted hats too. Also feel free to take fur hats as well. Mostly, they are quite puffy and as large as a person’s head is. However, they are the warmest hats ever and are the best for extremely cold winter.

Summer Hat Styles

Short or wide brimmed hats are convenient to wear in summer. The wide brimmed ones protect ideally from the sun. There are dozens of lovely styles with girly fabrics and unique embellishments.

For those, who aim to create a casual style, a baseball cap can also be picked. It is both light and is an ideal choice for jeans and a top.

Cloche hats create a vintage look. Pick a straw cloche for summer.

Panamas are the best for summer wear. You can easily wear it on the beach especially.

Fedora hats that are extremely stylish, feminine and sexy come in light and bright fabrics, so you can wear them in summer as well.

Once you choose a type of a hat it is important to check if it goes well with your facial features.

How to Choose a Hat

How to Choose a Hat According to Your Face Shape

For any hat it important to consider your face shapes prior to choosing it. It really makes sense since the hat will not have the best effect unless it suits you well.

Hats for Square Face

Women with a strong jaw line are advised to pick a hat with a round or tilted brim. Especially ideal is a hat with a brim that comes down partially over your face.

Fedora hats are also acceptable for this face shape. Wear it a bit tilted on one side in order to break the symmetry of your square face.

If your face is square, you can also get a cowboy hat with a wide, low brim. However, hats that are totally curled up aren’t for you. Try to opt for hat brims that are as wide and floppy as possible.

Forget about hats with a short brim. Never opt for a schoolboy cap. In general, you should be using more straw hats with brims, rather than tightly sitting woolen hats. To make your face look visually longer, always opt for hats that sit high on your forehead, such as berets or bowler hats.

Hats for Oval Face

You can pick whichever type you like: fedoras, cloches, schoolboy hats. You will have a fantastic look in these types. Your face is the ideal shape so feel free to try every single type of a hat for a change.

How to Choose a HatHow to Choose a Hat

Hats for Round Face

For round faces, choose hats that are tall and shallow, which will elongate your face. There should be lots of space between the top of your scalp and the top of the hat. Opt for brimmed hats, like asymmetrical brimmed ones, but not round brimmed ones. It is better to take wider brimmed hats, since the wider the hat is, the narrower you face will look. Cowboy hats are also fine for this shape.

Hats for Oblong Thin Face

To make thin faces look a bit rounder, choose flared hats with wide brims. Choose a brim not wider than your shoulders. To make your face look a bit shorter, artificially shorten your forehead by pushing the hat down on it. Avoid taller-crowned hats that just elongate your thin face even more. Also avoid hats that are shallow.

Hats for Heart-Shaped Face

In this case avoid wide hats, which accentuate your forehead. Take any other types and you will be ok. Think berets, cloches and hats with medium-length brims for instance, that sit closer to the head.

How to Dress When Wearing a Hat

It is sometimes difficult to dress up when we are going to wear a hat. The styles and fabrics should certainly match. So have a look at these few fashion tips of combining an outfit with a hat.


A beret that is typically worn in winter will add freshness to your gloomy coats. For instance, berets in lighter shades will brighten up dark coats. You can also use other contrasting accessories like bright gloves and a scarf to complement your entire look. For a more classical look wear a beret that is the same color as your scarf and mittens. You can have straight, curly or wavy hair hanging under the beret.


When wearing fedoras, opt for feminine outfits, like a flowing dress and tights. Since fedoras are versatile of fabric and straw in different colors, you can also have different looks with them. Feel free to wear a fedora both for formal attire wearing a suit, and for a casual outfit, like jeans, a top and summer sandals.

Schoolboy Cap

For a better result, wear the beanie an inch pushed back from your hairline. A beanie goes well with casual, urban clothing pieces, such as ripped jeans, some jacket and boots.

Wild Brim Hat

They are worn down on the head at an angle. The front brim sometimes dips slightly at the left, middle or right side of the face. This type of a hat can be worn with an elegant maxi dress. They are ideal for a little formal tight dress as well. The hat will serve as an additional accent for the dress. However, you can also take it to the beach and wear with your swimwear.

Cowboy Hat

They are best matched with jeans and a shirt or an ordinary top. Also do not forget about cowboy boots.

How to Wear Hats

Different types of hats are worn differently. Choose a hat according to your face shape and skin color. Whenever wearing a hat, remember to style your hair properly, so that the latter sits perfectly well on your head. For most of the cases it is convenient to let your hair hang down your hat loosely. For winter hats you can tuck your hair under the hat.

Always take the correct size of the hat to feel comfortable. It should not be tight to cause a headache; neither should it be too loose to fall off from a slight wind.

Wear the correct size. Make sure it doesn’t come down over your ears or, on the contrary, fall off your head.

There are certain hat types that require a special way of wearing. When having a beret, wear it on one side. Fedora should be worn down over the eyebrows. Brimmed hats are worn down on the head at an angle. Feel free to use the rest of the

hats in the style that matches you most. Use your imagination, follow your mood and create your unique style.

Photos courtesy of The Blonde Salad, Fashionising

Written by Armine Karapetyan
Armine is the founder of and an avid fashion lover. When she's not busy examining the latest fashion trends and news, she's exploring a new style for herself or is pursuing new adventures and dreams. Find her on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.