You were watching MTV (surprisingly, they still play music videos), and Ne-Yo’s Closer video comes on. You can’t help but notice the super-stingy fedora he’s wearing well. You’re on line at the grocery store, glance over at a copy of Enquirer Magazine, and you see a picture of Brad Pitt carrying one of his 193 kids (number slightly exaggerated), and he’s wearing a subtle, yet sleek ivy cap. From that moment on, you were in love (not with Ne-Yo, but with hats)! You’ve been looking to change up your look, and you decide that a hat is the perfect, affordable way to spice up your wardrobe. So now what…?
First-time hat buyers can struggle with finding their look, because not every type of hat looks good on every type of head! Finding that perfect lid to complete your whole style can be a difficult thing, especially when you’re shopping online. To make things a little easier, here are a few insider tips to making your first hat purchase one that you won’t regret.
- Know Your Head Size!!!: Having worked in an actual hat retail store before, one of the biggest mistakes people make is trying on a hat that does not fit them at all. Obviously a hat is going to look dumb on you if it’s two sizes too big. Make sure you take a good measurement of our head (use measuring tape. Often times a friend measuring your head is better, because they can actually see if the tape wraps around your head properly). I’m sure you know your shirt size, pant size, and shoe size, so know your head size!
- You Can Almost Never Go Wrong With A Cap: A basic ivy or pub cap is one of the easiest looks to pull off (ivy caps work better for average/fuller faces, while pub caps work great for slender ones). Ivys and Pubs blend into outfits and crowds much easier as well, so if you’re not ready to make a huge statement yet, a cap may be your best bet.
- Don’t Be Afraid Of The Fedora!: Caps are easier looks to pull off. That being said, a basic fedora adds some flare without being too out there. Fedoras are a huge interest to our customers, so wearing one isn’t as taboo as a non-hat-wearer may think. The trick is finding a brim size and style that work best for you. Bigger brims are more classic, while stingy brims are more contemporary.
- Men’s Hats Aren’t Just For Men Anymore: There are plenty of classic sun and beach hats for women to choose from. But if that doesn’t really fit your style, women’s hat fashion has much more diversity than it used to. Brands like Belfry Street, Goorin, and Grace offer different caps and styles for women that were once only worn by men. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box.
- If At First You Don’t Succeed…: Too often do I hear “I’m just not meant to wear hats.” I’m ok with drawing that conclusion, but only after you’ve tried on some different styles. Like I said before, not every type of hat is good for any type of face/head, but with the variety of different styles that are out there, its now easier than ever to find one that’s right for you.
Hats make a statement. Its up to you to decide whether you want that statement to be loud and bold, or simply a subtle whisper.