Choosing a Hat for Your Body Shape
"I like hats, but they never look right on me"?
Every milliner hears this and they all enjoy proving it to be false! People simply haven't found the right hat for them, or don't have the confidence to wear them.
In reality, hats give you confidence, and any milliner will assure you there is a hat for everyone.
- 1If you're PETITE, don''t choose hats with really wide brims. Select instead hats that have interesting detail to the crown. Really big hats, can be overpowering to small frames. If you want to add inches a hat with interest/features and feathers on the crown will give the impression of extra height.
- 2If you're TALL, choose hats with a wide brim, as your frame will allow this and select a shorter crown to avoid making you look like a giant. Avoid narrow, angular-shaped hats.
- 3If you're FULL FIGURED, choose wider, full-brimmed hats that can add balance to a curvy figure.
- 4If you're BROAD SHOULDERED, choose a bigger hat to balance your silhouette.
Don't think you have to hold the hat against the fabric of your dress to determine if it matches, as the fabrics used on headwear and dresses are so different they will rarely be an absolute match. When worn the hat and dress don't sit next to each other of course as your head is in between, so a near match will look as perfect as an absolute match. Many, many people choose to not match, but contrast. If the hat and outfit are of contrasting colours, then it must be colours that complement each other.
If the hat matches the colour of the outfit exactly it is important to introduce at least one other colour into the outfit, to add depth with contrast, and avoid looking flat.