One of the most frequently asked questions about hats is “What style of hat should I wear to suit my face?”
If you have a small face it is best not to wear a hat with a very large crown and brim. If you have a large face, do not wear a crown and brim that hugs your face, as these will emphasize your features.
People who wear glasses often choose hats with swept-up brims, as this takes the attention away from the glasses and does not come into contact with them as much.
THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH SUPERCEDES ALL THE RULES ABOVE, IS TO WEAR A HAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT IN, IN A STYLE WHICH SUITS THE OCCASION. IF YOU FEEL YOU LOOK GOOD WEARING A CERTAIN HAT, THEN YOU PROBABLY DO!
HAT DOESN’T FIT QUITE RIGHT?
Sometimes it takes a bit of adjusting to make a hat look its best. Try a few of these tips:
|1. If you keep touching your hat and pushing it up off your forehead and off your ears, or if it blows off with the slightest breeze, it does not fit properly! Don't despair! There are some logical, practical and inexpensive solutions: |
- Use safety pins (one or two will do) on the inside ribbon of the crown to tighten the fit; that is where the expression "pinhead" came from.
- Purchase self-adhesive weather stripping or Dr. Scholl's pads and place them inside the crown. Tape it in to check the size before permanently applying it.
- Go to a store that carries VCR's. Find the pads used under them so they don't scratch tables, etc. These self-adhesive pads are thick and firm enough without being hurtful to the head. Get the long narrow shape, about 2 inches long, approximately 10 per package. DON'T get the dots. If you go to Wal-Mart, these strips will be found in the hardware section, near the picture hangers and other pads used to keep items from scratching surfaces.
- Leave your hat on for at least 5 minutes: If you feel pressure, it is too small. If it slips or shifts when you turn your head side to side, it is too large.
Follow this rule of thumb:
1. If you can slide an index finger between your head and the hat, it fits correctly.
2. Try wearing it at different angles. Sometimes it will even look better worn backwards!
3. Try wearing your hair differently under the hat. If you have long hair, try an up-do, a bun or a French twist.
4. Stuff tissue paper, paper towel, or plastic bags into the crown and try it on again to see if it looks better when it sits higher on the head
5. If the hat is too large or it looks better sitting higher on the head, try wearing a headband or scarf tied around your head under the hat. (Or use one of the above methods to make it smaller.)
DECORATING YOUR HAT
If you are one of those talented ladies who can create your own original designs from a basic hat, this section's for you!
There are few crises that can't be completely forgotten, at least for a little while, while you're trimming a hat.
Working with different types of hats:
Natural straw hats tend to be fairly stiff and tend to shed. They don't easily reshape. Mixed fibre hats have more "give" in the crown, allowing for changing the position of the brim and packing.
Finding the right trim:
PACKING AND STORING YOUR HATS