Ask your friends / family to take a good look at your face!
It’s generally easier for others to see.
You can also try looking at the mirror straight on, and squinting slightly. Focus on the general outline of your face, and try not to be distracted by any other elements such as your hair style, beard etc. Beard shape for oval face.
The main face shapes are: oval, round, oblong, diamond, square and heart-shape. Since we've begun the conversation on men’s face shapes, we are finding that most people are more than one shape, i.e. long oval, rounded square and so on.
Add in the mix whether you have a long or short forehead, prominent ears, whether you wear glasses or a beard: you now have a whole set of variables to consider beyond your face shape!
Follow our style guide for some tips and pointers, which we hope will be helpful in choosing a designer hat, flat cap or beret cap. It’s all about getting the right balance and proportion to suit your face. Everyone is different!
First and Foremost… Your Forehead
A little tricky to tell but a useful one to know: how long is your forehead?
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To find out, compare with a friend in front of a mirror. Examples below show Alexander Skarsgård’s longer than average forehead, while Zac Effron is on the other end of the forehead spectrum!
Colour and tone
Another factor to add to the mix: colour and tone. Choose colours that will contrast with you skin tone - generally avoid colours that are too close to your skin tone as they can make you look washed out.
Matching your hat to your eye colour is pretty much guaranteed to look great - especially if you have blue or green eyes, look out for the subtle pale green seagrass or blue toning tweeds and fabrics. Grey haired men shouldn’t shy away from wearing tones of grey, textured grey tweeds.
Men’s face shapes - Case studies & style guide
Alex: long heart shape
Alex’s face shape is both long and heart shaped. It suits fuller flat cap and beret cap shapes to give a little extra width, and balance out the length of his face too. Otley is the widest flat cap style. Clyde also adds extra width with that flattering softer beret-style effect. If like Alex, you have a long face, avoid narrow hat styles or anything that adds height.
To tilt or not to tilt?
Finally, a note on tilting: do you like to wear your caps straight or at an angle?
For certain people especially men with round face shapes, such as Rory Kinear, it is a good idea to wear your flat cap at an angle. Adding a bit of asymmetry to your look can certainly be flattering. Beyond this, it really is down to personal preference!
Have a try and see for yourself
The best way is still to have a feel, try it on and see how you like it in the flesh. All our flat caps and beret-caps are made in-house, in the London studio by Karen herself. Everything is made to order and to size, to ensure the perfect fit. Having said that, don’t let this put you off from ordering online as all orders can be returned for a refund or exchange.