Top it off

Add instant chic to your look with seven stylish hats

Nothing ruins your morning like a bad hair day, so it’s welcome news that hats were a big trend on the runways for fall. Knowing your face shape is the trick to finding a hat that flatters you – it’s similar to picking a hairstyle or sunglasses. The right choice will contrast and balance out your face shape: a sharp brim will de-emphasize a round face, while a rounded shape works well with angular features. Read on for seven chic ways to top your tête.

1) Cool in camel

This close-fitting, rounded-top retro cloche adds a feminine touch to a long, square or heart-shaped face. Canadian Hat, $30, available at The Bay stores across Canada.

2) Tweedy bird

A classic menswear-style fedora adds instant mystery to any outfit. A woman with a round or heart-shaped face can really pull off this statement-maker. Le Château, $20.

3) Knit pick

This oversized style is straight from the runways, but surprisingly easy to wear for us non-model types. The cozy, nubbly knit of this one best compliments square, heart-shaped and long faces. Holt Renfrew Private Brand, $35.

4) Get trapped

This trapper is the ultimate choice for warmth and style, thanks to the faux-fur lining, earflaps and soft brown-beige shade. It’s especially flattering if you have a round or oval-shaped face. Canadian Hat, $38, available at The Bay stores across Canada.

5) Cap it

The jockey hat looks best on long, angular or oval-shaped faces. Wear it low and slightly off-centre for extra style. Gap, $25.

6) Hip, hip, beret

The beret is making a comeback this season – it’s perfect for crisp fall weather and undeniably chic. Women with round or heart-shaped faces best suit this European style. Bianca Nygärd, $22.

7) Shades of grey

In a looser weave and pompom-free, the knit toque has made a sophisticated transformation. People with square or diamond- or heart-shaped faces will look the most stylish in them. Banana Republic, $44.