The Mad Hatter

Spring is officially here and wearing a hat is usually a popular accessory to provide shade from the sun or even to add a fashionable touch to your outfit.  It takes more than just walking into to a department or hat store and magically finding the ideal hat for you.  Choosing the right hat can depend on a couple of things; facial shape, features and most importantly straying away from popular trends. As the saying goes “What’s good for you is not necessarily good for me”. Try to stick to the classics; trends can sometimes lead you astray. Since we all are not born with the same facial shape and features finding the right hat can be a bit tricky. Here are some tips for the most common facial shapes and features that people may want to tone down or accentuate that might come in handy when shopping for a hat this summer.
Oval-Shaped face
A porkpie hat will add balance to your face by drawing the attention away from your pointy chin. Adding a side tilt will elevate your look and increase your swagger. Young Hollywood Stars like Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake (both with oval-shaped faces) have made this hat quite popular again.
Round Face
R&B superstar Ne-Yo is notorious for wearing the stingy brim hat to add height and camouflage the short appearance that comes with having a round face. A fedora, gambler or Panama hat can help you accomplish this. However do remember never snap the brim down or tilt the hat over your face, this will make your face appear shorter. 
Thin Face
If you have a long thin face the first thing you should take into consideration is finding a hat that shortens the appearance of your face. Choosing a fedora, homburg or derby with a condense crown, modest brim and wide contrasting hat band will do the job. Think of a young Al Pachino in The Godfather. For a more fun and relax look a driver’s cap like the one actor Will Arnett is wearing will suffice.
Square Face
Actor Orlando Bloom have a very structured face, a bowler hat will add some curvature to his face to make it appear less boxy. He should tilt his hat to the side to breakup his facial lines.
Long Nose
Adrien Brody is a man that always works with what he has.  A Fedora will give the illusion of a shorter nose, it is imperative that you break up the line between the brim of the hat and your nose.
Prominent Jaw
A strong jaw line is a physical feature that most women find attractive in a man and most men sometimes pay to get. If you are as lucky as actors Aaron Eckhart or Jon Hamm to be blessed with this feature, opt for a fedora with a medium or low crown with dents to add fullness while balancing your strong chin.
Prominent Ears
For years we have heard Will Smith go on and on about his “Big Ole Dumbo Ears” and I’m glad to see that he has embraced them. However most guys that have big ears are not that confident and the stigma from the name calling as a child still remains in their subconscious. Slip on a Panama or Gambler hat with a wide brim to conceal your ears.  Stay clear of rolling the brim, this will highlight your ears and the name calling will return. Adults can be just as cruel.
Written by: Curt Greenidge
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