Which Hat Style Is Best for You?

Do you wear hats?  Do you want to wear hats but you just can’t figure out which styles are best for you?

Lady Kitty Spencer – elegant sophisticated.

I think hats are one of things that mystify my clients the most.

Hats can be bold, fun, exotic, whimsical, elegant, feminine, sporty or edgy. One thing that’s for sure they are expressive and they demand attention.  Take the recent royal wedding for example, the hat’s almost got as much attention as the royal couple.

Hats, like everything else, can be easy to wear if you know your personal brand and your personal style rules.

When you shop for hats, try considering my six S’s: Style, Shape, Scale, Season, Situation and Shade.

Oprah Winfrey – Dramatic

Personal Style—Do you have a personal brand?  A true understanding of who you are?  I recommend that you always consider your personal style when assessing the items in your wardrobe. If you haven’t been exposed to this concept, check out my Style Quiz and see what you learn about yourself.  Once you know your personal brand you will want to choose the hat style that best communicates that brand.

Face Shape—Knowing your face shape will help you determine the best shape of hat or fascinator for you.  If you aren’t sure of your face shape check out this blog.

Scale—It’s obvious once you think about it.  You want to match your natural size and scale:

  • If your face is small, you will be swamped in a big hat so don’t overpower it with a wide brim. 
  • If your face is larger, look for styles with more width.
  • If you are tall you can carry off large-brimmed hats but avoid high crowns – they will only make you look taller.
  • If you are petite you should wear small-brimmed hats with a high crown

Season—I’m sure you have a handle on this one – be mindful that your fabric choice matches the weather and season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Situation- Clearly, you wouldn’t wear the same hat to a ball game, the beach, the royal wedding or a hot date.

Shade – Always consider your color palette when wearing clothes and accessories near your face.  What shades of colors are most harmonious with your skin hair and eyes?  Most of us are either warm or cool.  Warm shades have yellow undertones and cool shades have pink and blue undertones. I now have a color app for my clients.  We can do your color analysis digitally!  All we need is a headshot.  Check it out here.

Having a closet full of clothes that you love, show you at your best and communicate who you are is very powerful. Wearing hats is fun year round but it can be very intimidating. Stick to these rules and you will stand out from the crowd with style and confidence.

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GETSPECS: Sunglasses

It’s summertime, do you love your shades?  Do they communicate who you are?  Do you feel like a million bucks when you put them on?

If not, you should and you can!

Honestly, It’s tough.  So many of my clients struggle with eyewear; whether it’s shades, readers or prescription glasses.

So let’s dig in and learn how to weed through the options and make the best choice for you!

I invented an acronym which I think will help:  GETSPECS:

 

Go Up

We need to fight gravity as we age.  So your #1 rule is look for glasses with something in the outer-upper corners that creates lift.  Cat eye’s are currently on trend if you love them that’s a great solution or you can look for chunky plastic frames with a wider corners on top.  You can also look for glasses with embellishments.  Anything that adds lift is great.

 

Equal Distant

Your PD or Pupil Distance is an important measurement.  Not only is this important technically but it also looks best when your eyes are centers in the lens.  Maybe you know whether you have wide or narrow eyes.  To find out, measure your eye width.  Could you place a third eye over the bridge of your nose?  If so your eyes are neither wide nor narrow.  If you have wider eyes you should buy wider frames.  If your eyes are narrow then narrow frames are right for you.

Stores like Warby Parker have their inventory laid out in this manner to help you avoid this mistake.

 

Temples

The temples of eyewear should not touch your face, but there should not be more than a finger’s width between the temple and your face.

 

Shape

This is a big one and often the main thing people talk about when determining what eyewear is right for each individual.  The concept is the shape of the frames should mimic your face shape.  It is a basic rule in art called repeating patterns or relatedness.  Our subconscious mind looks for things it sees.  If you have blue eyes and wear the color blue, for example, it will bring attention to your eyes.  If you have a circular pendent on and also wore polka dots, this will feel harmonious to the viewer.  And if you have a square shaped face angular glasses will feel congruent.  So the basic idea is oval shaped face – oval shaped glasses, circular shaped face – circular glasses, etc.

 

 

Personal Brand

If you know me at all you know I always start by helping my clients discover their personal brand.  How you look, your clothes, accessories and your eyewear communicate who you are.  How you look is your most powerful communication tool.  Pick eyewear that fits with that:

 

The best pair of glasses can elevate an outfit or send the wrong message if you don’t know what your brand is.  Do you want something that is edgy, sophisticated, modern, or feminine?  The extreme cat eyes are trendy right now. They can be nostalgic and classic on some but forward-thinking on others.  Both of these women are wearing extreme cat eyes which appear to fit their personal brand:

    

Eyebrows

Make sure your frame mimics your eyebrow shape or covers them all together.  This is one thing that is often overlooked.

 

Color

Your frames should complement your complexion: Warm skin and hair = warm frames.  Cool skin and hair = cool frames.  Just follow the rules of the color wheel.  Is your hair honey blonde or brown? Does your skin have yellow undertones?  Then you are warm.  If you have gray hair, ash blonde hair, black hair and pink undertones.  You are cool.

Scale

Keep your scale in mind.  If you are small you will not want to overwhelm your face with large-scale sunglasses and if you are larger you should indeed consider a statement pair that is right for your stature. Even if big is in, there is big and there is too big.

 

 

Accessorizing with glasses all year is a fun way to express yourself, especially with your shades in the summer months.

Have fun with it and use GETSPECS to make good decisions so you show up feeling your personal best all day every day.

Learn Your Face Shape and Why it Matters

What's your face shape?

Is your face shape an oval, oblong, diamond, circle, square or heart?  Learn what your shape is and why it matters.

It’s all Greek, at least when it comes to the “classic” definition of beauty.

To look your best, you want to be symmetrical, proportionate and balanced.  Its that simple.  These are the ancient Greek elements used to create beautiful art, architecture, interior design and we see it time and time again in nature and in the human form.  These basic elements are the key to aesthetic beauty.  If you learn about your body you can learn to use these principles to look beautiful.  

What’s your face shape?

Look in the mirror, grab some lipstick and trace your face:  

  •  You have an oval shaped face if it’s length is equal to one and a half times its width.
  •  You have a circle shaped face if it’s round and its width is basically as long as its length.
  •  You have an oblong shaped face if it is significantly longer than it is wide.
  •  You have a square face if it is about as wide as it is long and your jawline is more angular than that of a round face.
  •  You have a heart shaped face if it is narrow at your jawline and wide at your cheekbones and forehead.
  •  You have a diamond shaped face if it is widest at the cheekbones, with a narrow forehead and jawline of approximately equal widths.

So, why does face shape matter?  

It helps you know what hairstyle, eyewear, necklines and accessories are most balanced, proportionate, symmetrical (read: beautiful), for you.

There is a general rule in art called repeating patterns or relatedness.  It is known that when we see a pattern or a color our subconscious mind is looking for that shape, pattern or color in other places.  Thus, things look the most harmonious if we repeat the shape of your face.  Check out the following table for advice based on your face shape: 

Faces

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