Wear A Hat Like A Duchess | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my Friday Fashion
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks always impeccable with her hats. With the bevy of fashion advisers buzzing around her, why wouldn’t she be perfect?
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Daily Mirror-Trooping-the-Colour-ceremony(Daily Mirror-Trooping the Colour Ceremony)

What we see in the street it’s another story, not everyone is a duchess and not everybody has a face made for a hat. Out there we see a confused mixture of things and fashion faux pas. People wear everything in the latest fashion regardless of rules. To me the choice always lays only on what looks good on me.

Wearing a hat is not as easy as buying one and propping it on the head. One must understand the proportion between face shape, body shape, shoulders and size of hat, how color of the hat affects the face and how to behave when wearing a hat. Let’s see what some hat shapes really do for us.

The latest fashionable Panama hat with a small brim everybody wears looks good on tall and not so tall women as long as the face is oval. This is not a hat for a round face. The Borsalino, a hat similar to a Panama with a larger brim fits better a round face.


The floppy hat will swallow a small face on a short person. This hat is perfect for a tall woman with a wide open face or with an oval face and broad shoulders. The floppy hat must not be too droopy to the point of covering the face and it is not very becoming. Is there something to hide under there?  That is what I would think.

Urban Outfitter Floppy Hat(Urban Outfitter Floppy Hat)

A hat with wide soft brim should be contained within the shoulders as this one from French Connection (photo below).

French Connection Wide Brim

A wide turned up brim hat is not for women with a round face either, as it enhances the roundness of the face, but a turned down brim hat will disguise a wide face, it is perfect for oval faces and women with a short forehead. A forehead is considered short if the distance between hairline and eyebrows is less than 3” – thus this person should wear hats more towards the back of the head and not over the forehead.

My Hats

The face is the most important feature. We wear hats as a protection from the sun, to make an outfit original, to look stylish, to accent an outfit and to enhance the face not to suppress it. Colors will reverberate on the face. If the hat is black and the skin pale, the face will look even more pale with the reflection of the black color on the skin. If the skin has a pink tone stay away from yellow color hats. Shoulders come into this play as well. If shoulders are too wide and the hat is small, the person will be out of proportion and vice versa.
Fashion is all about proportions, we need to know how to build them.

Ball caps are for men and this is my opinion. Women wear them for a bad hair day, to a football game, shopping for groceries, or to stroll a baby in the park. Ball caps do absolutely nothing to improve a woman’s beauty.  I would suggest to leave them to the men and relegate the sweat suit to the gym only.

Hats determine the way we behave and walk. Have you ever tried on a hat in the store? Suddenly you feel different, suddenly you see yourself in a different light.
A hat almost imposes us to adopt a style that makes us feel special and completes our character.

Women have stopped wearing hats on an everyday basis in the name of freedom from frills and I am all for that, we all have a hectic life. What I don’t understand is why women have adopted a careless way to cover the body with clothes that often are not suitable for who they are. The way famous women dressed a long time ago still appeals to us and we are still admiring their style, why is it….? What are we unconsciously missing…? Maybe it is time to change. Ciao,


Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Cappello GialloValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mabel Kwong
    Jun 23, 2016 @ 10:57:50

    Love this post, and you are right in that not all hats fit all faces and heads. I’m a small and petite person. Every floppy hat I’ve tried on so far has proven too far big for me, falling forwards and hiding most of my face. I do have to say I have a soft spot for an “American Jeans” cap that I bought almost ten years ago. It shield my face very nicely from the hot summer sun when I’m at the beach 😀



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