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How to choose the right summer hat, insider fashion expert explains

It’s no secret that hats are a style necessity this Summer, but how do you know which hat is the right style for you?  How do you fit thick or curly hair into a hat?  What if you have a smaller head that standard hats don’t fit?  Where on earth do I find cute hats? These are all very relevant questions, and as a hat lady herself, Brandie Price, Insider Fashion and Beauty Expert, On-Camera Image Expert, and Award Winning Celebrity Makeup Artist, would love to share a little insight!   

Here are a few good rules of thumb to start you on your journey to Summer Hat Bliss!

Hat Styles

There are 2 basic hat styles. The floppy hat, and the stiff brimmed hat. Choosing the right style of hat for your face might seem overwhelming, but can really be a fun experience.  All you need is a little basic knowledge of your facial features.  To determine if a floppy or stiff brimmed hat will suit you better, we will look at the overall structure of your facial features. Think about your chin, your cheekbones, your jawline, your eye shape and your nose.

If you feel you have soft, more rounded features, try a stiff brimmed hat.

If you feel you have more angular, structured features, try a floppy hat. Straw hats are where it’s at in the heat. The ventilation that a straw hat provides will help you be more comfortable when the temps start to rise. 

Hat Color: Two ways to choose

Number 1: When you are just getting started wearing hats, it is perfectly fine to choose a color that will complement the wardrobe that you will be wearing with the hat.  If you tend to wear mostly black, try a charcoal gray hat.  If you wear mostly neutrals, try an oatmeal or blush shade. Not having a spot on color match adds dimension to your wardrobe.

Number 2: My typical suggestion for clients when picking a hat is to base your color choice off of your eyes.  I work with clients that are usually on camera in some capacity, so it is important for the eyes to pop. Think of complementary colors. Below are gorgeous examples of hat and eye color combinations. The intensity of color saturation will make more of a statement. 

Hazel eyes– rust or blush

Blue eyes– rust or deep charcoal

Green eyes– burgundy or black

Brown eyes– slate blue or light tan

Amber eyes– deep plum or navy

Violet eyes– mustard yellow or olive green

Hat Sizing

Typical hat sizing starts at 53cm and ends at 59cm with 2cm increments, though many companies are now making more of a variety.  If you have thick or curly hair, or even those of us who wear extensions, try sizing up one hat size to allow for a little more room.  

Most hats will have a small ribbon on the inside to help you get a better fit. If you still find that standard hat sizes are too large, or your hat does not have an internal sizing ribbon-try a little hat tape to help create a more custom fit.  

If you have thick hair, or use extensions, order one size up for your hats to insure you have the right amount of space, and do not damage your extensions.

When talking brim size there are a few key points determined by your hairstyle. You want to make sure that your hair is not styled in a way that goes beyond the edge of brim.  If you have fuller or curlier hair you can either pin the sides up and back a little, or choose a hat with a larger brim.  If you have a shorter hair style like a bob, try a smaller brimmed hat or a curl up brim. So chic! 

Hat Accessories

Can you believe that your accessory can have accessories too? How awesome is that? I love the detachable leather bands from GigiPip. They have 8 different colors and 2 different varieties that can really add a clean line as well as an additional layer of coordination to your ensemble. I have been dreaming of an ivory hat with a soft  brown leather band. Such a clean look for the my lighter colored wardrobe. If you are looking to add more color or personality, you can tie a bandana scarf around the crown of your hat. Simply fold the bandana in half at ta diagonal and roll the scarf up. Then tie the scarf around the crown and you are set to go! My favorite bandana scarves are found at Madewell, they have so many options and many that fit my personal brand!

You can find her at BrandiePriceImage.com and on Instagram @brandiepriceimage.

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