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Here’s How to Choose Hats For Your Face Shape

Picking a perfect hat for you can sometimes be exhausting. You try out various hats but you feel like none of them is perfect. One is too wide, others hides your eyes or show your big ears a bit more. And this cycle can last forever. You try thousands of hats and none can work for you. But, this can all change if you know what type of face shape you have. 

Hats are similar to sunglasses or glasses in general. If you want to make your accessories look good on you, then you should pick hats/glasses according to your face shape. Your face is what dictates if you’ll buy an oval or square frame glasses. The same goes for hats. It’s not a secret that some faces can pull off pretty much every single type of hat while others can wear only selected ones successfully. Now, of course, you can say: “I don’t care, I’ll wear whatever I like”. And we can only say amen to that. But, at the same time, if you aren’t so confident and you’re afraid to wear something that doesn’t look perfect on you, then buying your hats when knowing what face shape you have is a way to go.

In this article, we’ll cover a topic that is of extreme importance. We’ll see what are different types of face, some of which you have as well. We’ll cover what’s good and bad about the (in terms of hat-wearing) and we’ll see what are the best hats that you should be wearing with your face shape. Think of this article as the master plan when you wish to buy a new hat. We’ll cover everything you may need and even a little extra.

What’s Your Face Shape?

Now, before we start talking about hats, we need to determine which type of face you have. There are different types of faces that are confirmed by scientists around the world and every single individual has one of these types. They are listed below:

  • Oval face – On an oval face, the length of it is approximately one and a half times greater than the width of the face. The jaw is rounded and the forehead is a bit larger than the jawline. If we could put a parallel with something familiar, we could say that an oval face often resembles an egg. 
  • Round face – Similar to oval face, but has its differences. The round shape is, well, round. The length and width are usually the same with the rounded jawline and full cheeks. People who have round face types usually look like babies – a bit younger than they really are.
  • Oblong face – In oblong face, the length of it will be greater than its width. Oblong faces have cheeks, jawline, and forehead which are similar in dimensions. Some of them might have big foreheads. 
  • Heart-shaped face – This type of face is very common. It has a pointy chin and around the upper part of the face. People with this face type usually have a broad forehead and wide cheekbones. Some of them may have small mouths in comparison to everything else on the face. One of the most common face types. 
  • Square face – pretty self-explanatory. Similar to round faces, we have square faces as well. Its length and width are equal. The distance from nose to the chin or from nose to forehead is roughly the same.
  • Triangle face – Triangle shaped faces are characterized by a large jawline, smaller cheekbones, and forehead which is the smallest. Triangle shaped faces are often known as pear-shaped faces but either way, this type of face is easily distinguishable. 

In most cases, you can define your face type with ease. Each face type has its own features and we’re sure that you noticed some of them on your face as well. There isn’t a mixture of two faces. types. Everyone has one from the ones mentioned above and if you can’t really distinguish which one you have, you’ll need to measure it to know the exact dimensions and see what type you have. Now that you know what type of face you have, it’s time to see what hats go good on a specific face type.

Oval Face

We can pretty much say that you are blessed. The oval face is one of the best faces when it comes to wearing hats. So, feel free to wear whatever you may like! From pointy hats to ones that are large, everything will look good for you. Especially if you’re a woman. On an oval face, nothing is too much. Everything blends in and you can rest assured that any type of hat you may have will look good on you.

And, since you have an oval face, you should utilize that as much as you can. Wear hats whenever you can. Stand out from the crowd and look cool. We bet that most people around you don’t have an oval face and that they always tell you that you have such a babyface. Use it to your advantage. We know that we aren’t a sunglasses based blog but what we do know is that your oval face is perfect for virtually any type of sunglasses as well. So, mix it up. Wear different hat styles with different sunglasses. You’ll look amazing!

Round Face

If you have a round face it means that you have a lot of symmetry. And, do you know what goes good with symmetry? Asymmetry! It might sound a bit weird, but it’s the truth. If you opt for a hat that is round as your face, it will just blend in and become a part of the face itself. Meaning, you won’t stand out from the crowd. 

What you want to do is put a little cherry on top. Therefore, look for hats that aren’t round. Something like a fedora, baseball cap or regular sports cap with a visor will look good on you. They all have different angles and that’s what will create an illusion that your face is slimmer. 

Oblong Face

This type of face is a bit unforgiving. Some may say that a small number of hats will work with this face type, but we disagree. Since your face is elongated, what you want to avoid are hats that are tall. They can elongate your face even more and make it look ridiculous, like a giraffe. Since in most cases, people with this face type have a relatively large forehead, the aim of your hat should be to cover it to some extent. Hats like a cloche or a fedora with a large brim come in handy and work perfectly since they cover at least half of your forehead. 

Heart-Shaped Face

Faces that have this type can rock many hats. As with oblong faces, you have issues with the forehead as well. While on the oblong face, the forehead is long, on the heart-shaped face, the forehead is wider. Hats that make your head look smaller go really well. Think of Hamburg, beanie, fedora with a medium-sized brim or a boater. They are all a good choice! What you should be doing as well as tilting your hat a bit down when you wear it. This will draw attention to your eyes and create an illusion that your face is slimmer than it really is.

The heart-shaped face is often called a cute face, and you should use that to become even cuter. Wear hats that suit you and, especially if you’re a woman, we can bet men won’t resist the next level cuteness you’ll have. 

Square Face

A square face is similar to a round face when it comes to the philosophy of wearing hats. While in round faces your only focus needs to be on wearing hats that aren’t round (which will emphasize the roundness of your face even more), when it comes to square face, you need to focus on not wearing hats that are square in their nature. 

Your symmetrical face structure that is quite “sharp” needs something to soften those edges. And a circular type that is perfect for this occasion. You need to pull attention from your edges and like with round face shape, add some asymmetry to the whole look. What you shouldn’t wear are hats with no brim, short brim or square hats. They will make your face look even more square and we want to avoid that. The hats you should look at are cowboy hat, sunhat, cloche or a toque. They will add some roundness to your face and we can guarantee you’ll look good!

Triangle Face

Triangle face is often related to as a little brother of oval face shape. What this means is that you can pretty much wear any hat you like. The options are endless. From fedoras, cowboy hats, baseball caps and so on, you can pretty much wear anything you like. Even a sombrero! 

Triangle face type is very grateful for wearing a hat. But, at the same time, we know that you might be upset that you have this face shape. You can’t find perfect sunglasses! But hey, that’s a story for another occasion. What’s good is that you can mix things up more than other faces and wear different hat types.

Stay True To Yourself

Now, of course, different face types go well with different hat types. It’s no mystery. But, who are we to tell you that you shouldn’t wear anything that you like? You have a square face and like a round hat? Go for it. The thing about hats is that they are so versatile and often mimic how the person feels. So, if you feel like wearing a specific hat, don’t hesitate to do so. Use this article as a guiding idea if you are buying a new hat or want to know more about which hat would fit you. What is true is that, by and large, the vast majority of hats will be good for anyone who wears them. Regardless of what face shape they have. Just think, how many times have you seen someone on the street who wore a hat that didn’t fit his face shape? Probably a lot. Freedom to wear a hat is what is fantastic about them and you should use this as much as you can.


To sum up, hopefully after reading this article you know more about different head shapes and what sort of hat goes good on a specific head shape. Also, hopefully, now you know that that fedora you have, probably won’t look good on you, since you don’t have a head shape for it. But, at the same time, if you feel like wearing it, and you’re confident about it, just do it. No one will judge.

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Blank Hats vs Custom Hats: Which One is Right for You?

So you probably ended up here because you’re looking for the best website to buy hats for your brand or business, but the question is, do you want the best blank hats online or best custom hats online? Making the right decision for a company that can be daunting, what if the team doesn’t like it?

To decrease the pressure, we wrote an in-depth article about the differences between the two.

You’re definitely not alone. Many of our customers and even some people in our offices get confused about the intricate details sometimes too.

Hats. They’re confusing!?

Nonetheless, if your brand or business is looking for new headwear to elevate your unique identity, then rest assured you have landed in the right place (or screen). Check our instagram to see examples of what we created for our previous customers.

In this article, we will break down our two programs: blank hats and fully custom hats. (If you want to contact our reps for custom hats now, click here).

Let’s dive in!

Blank Hats or Custom Hats?

Which one should you choose to get started for your brand or business? It really depends on your situation with your brand or business. Are you a small business or a large business? What customers do you target? etc.

There are many factors that we look for when someone reaches out for branded headwear.

Here is a checklist we consider to be helpful when deciding whether you decide to go with blank hats or custom hats.

  • Deadlines – always are sure to consider how much time you have to receive the hats.
  • Local Decorator – this is a huge consideration on whether you go blank or custom.
  • Time management & Liabilities – understanding the limits between blanks and custom.
  • Design Complexity – the more complex your design is, the more likely you’d want custom.
  • Quality – sometimes you want your brand to stand out, the quality is crucial to be unique.
  • Budget – keep in mind the cost and price variances between blank hats vs custom hats.

Deadlines

Let’s just say it’s 3pm on a Friday and you’re dreaming about the weekend. You’re excited to go to that beach party where all your friends will be wearing hats or beanies if that’s their thing.

Enter the thought, “OMG I forgot to order hats for the company’s event last week.” (Let’s hope you don’t get a call from the boss man).

Yeah, if that is you right now, then most likely you’ll be ordering our stock blanks and finding a local shop to crank out custom designs for your company faster. Designs can be anything from embroidery, leather patches, woven labels or any other kind of embellishments your headwear vision requires.

We really hope that you are not in the position mentioned in the above example because that is not a fun situation to be in (we have all been there). At the very top of your decision-making process between blank hats or custom hats, you really need to take a hard look at your deadline.

Regardless of the deadline you are working with, we are here to help! Be sure to reach out to our sales team at sales@delusionmfg.com if you’re interested in ordering with us.

Based on your deadlines, we will find a program that will be the right fit for you. See below for a brief outline of our lead times needed for each program below.

Blank Hats

  • Shipped the next day (24 hrs) once the order is fulfilled (Typically stocked styles will ship out of our warehouse the same day).

Custom Hats

  • Production time is 3-7 weeks depending on what type of hat you choose and how much customization is required but can peak to 8-14 weeks depending on our current production schedule. (Keep in mind, production for custom hats are built from scratch, down to the roll of fabric being used).
  • We do offer rush service with a minimum of 2-5 weeks depending on the complexity of your design. (Remember, the simpler the design, the faster the production progresses. Plus, less is more).

Here’s a breakdown of different scenarios for custom orders

  • Custom Beanies: Typically 3-5 weeks
  • Custom Hats: Typically 5-7 weeks
  • All Custom Headwear for Rush Orders: 2-5 weeks (depends on design complexity)

Moral of the story, make sure you consider our production cycles before you consider blank hats or custom hats. The last thing we want is for you to receive great quality hats when your event or launch date is already over.

Local Decorator

We are not going to lie, local decorators and quality decorators are hard to come by. But who exactly is a decorator and what do they do?

A decorator is someone who has the machinery and equipment to attach a custom branded embellishment to our trendy blank hats. There is a wide range of custom embellishments available in the market. Some of the different types of embellishments a local decorator might be able to handle will vary based on the type of equipment they have in their shop.

The most common embellishment is embroidery. There is a solid chance you will be able to find a local embroidery shop who produces quality work. (Be sure to ask for samples and view their previous work to ensure that their quality is what you are satisfied with).

The last thing you want is to spend your whole budget on blank hats from us and have your local decorator dismantle your awesome headwear with sloppy craftsmanship.

Be sure to do your homework.

There are also some other more specialty shops that would have the ability to sew custom patches, woven damask labels and maybe even rubber patches, but those are few and far between. Your best bet for something like this is finding a reputable decorator online and having our high-quality blanks drop-shipped directly to them. Don’t hesitate to reach out and our team can help recommend some local/nationwide decorators. help@delusionmfg.com

You are probably wondering, “why don’t you decorate your blank hats?” Well, the short answer is, our equipment. During our custom headwear manufacturing process, we add your custom embellishment during the paneling phase (see photo below).

Custom embellishment on pink green hat panel
Click the image for our Custom Hat Program

Blank Hats and embellishment decorators can seem a little complex and overwhelming if you don’t have a pre-existing relationship. There is also the factor of your time devoted to project management which leads us into our next point.

Time Management & Liability

Hiring a 3rd party decorator whether it is local or not, can have its pros and cons. Below is a break down of the pros and cons in regards to project management and responsibility for you to consider when taking the path of blank hats and a local decorator.

Time Management

Things to consider when working with a local decorator is instead of hiring us to manage the whole production of your custom branded headwear, you and your team are basically “quarterbacking” the whole production of your blank hats and embellishments.

Think quality control, lead times, procurement. (Logistics can be a huge headache). That’s a lot to handle, especially with your busy day to day schedule (We know, it’s daunting at times).

Liability

Liability doesn’t come into play a lot, but it’s certainly something to consider.

Liability is referring to the fact that once blanks are in the hand of your decorator, the way they handle and treat the blank hats, is ultimately your responsibility.

As I mentioned before, this doesn’t happen often and we try to help everyone out to the best of our ability if a situation would arise with your contracted decorator, but we are unable to replace or refund goods that are already decorated on. So it’s very important to get to know your decorator and understand the history of client success from your decorators.

Design Complexity

The complexity of your overall design is going to play a big role in whether you choose a blank hat or custom hat.

Are you trying to be like Virgil Abloh and let your best hat design inspiration run wild? Or are you just looking for a basic 5-panel hat, with your brand logo on it?

If you are looking to build your own hat and express your true inner creative, then you need to go with our Custom Hats Program where we craft the best custom hats online.

Through our custom, hat-making process customers can choose a variety of things to customize from the fabrics, shapes, fit, sizing, patchwork, embroideries, brim styles, closures and more.

If you are looking for a quick custom hat for retail or just to showcase your brand, then going with blank hats could be right for you.

Blank Hats Limitations of Design

  • Embroidery (most common)
  • Woven Label (need a decorator that can sitch)
  • Custom Patchwork
  • Screen Print Front Panel

Custom Hat Limitations of Design

  • None

To say there are no limitations of design on our Custom Hats Program would be excessive, but from a creative standpoint, we do not like to put a cookie-cutter spec sheet out for you to pick from.

We encourage our clients to come to the table with a truly unique custom headwear design, and we will try our best to craft your custom hat based on your design.

You can check out this article about all the ways you can customize headwear.

Overall Quality

We would be lying to you if we said that the quality of the finished product is NOT the same on both blank hats and custom hats. The main reason is, we don’t know the hat decorator you are working with and we have no control over the finished product after it leaves our facility.

With our Custom Hats Program, we are able to control the whole supply chain and can confidently say that the hats we deliver to your doorstep, will be retail ready pieces that can go up against any of your favorite brands. (Supreme included).

At the end of the day, each and every project of yours will have different characteristics to them, from deadline to design and everything in between. We highly recommend taking a second before making a decision about blank or custom hats and using our checklist to understand which decision best fits you and your brand’s goals.

Budget

Budget is always a factor. Whether you’re at the store buying name brand cereal or the generic brand (To be honest, it all tastes the same. Prove us wrong).

But really, budgeting is important.

Right off the bat, the minimum entry point for our custom headwear is right under $14/per USD and that is for 30 fully custom hats. Keep in mind, this pricing is only an estimate, final pricing is based on your approved design.

Please note that all 30 units would have to be the same design.

Now, what if you go with the route that includes the purchase of blank hats and your local decorator for the same design? See the differences between them below.

Blank Hats w/ Local Decorator

  • 3 x 12packs = 36 units (3 color way flexibility since it’s not under our Custom Hats Program)
  • Hat Cost = $7.73
  • EST Embroidery Cost = $4.50
  • Finished Cost = $7.73 + $4.50 = $12.23
  • EST Total Cost = $440.28 + shipping

Custom Hats

  • 30 units x $14/per
  • 2 Spot Branding
  • All 30 units are the same
  • EST Total Cost = $420 + Shipping

You can see that both blanks hats and custom hats have their advantages and disadvantages.

Purchasing blank hats and having a local decorator take care of the custom work allows for flexibility. You can purchase 3 of our 12 packs and have 3 different types of hats or colors with the same logo patch.

Whereas through our Custom Hats Program, the minimum requires 30 of the same hats. (Which means you won’t have 3 different styles of hats unless you order 90 units).

If you’re confused about the details, reach out to us and we’ll further explain. help@delusionmfg.com.

We made a quick worksheet to help you along your decision-making process below, check it out!

Blank Hats vs Custom Hats Worksheet

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Thank you for taking the time to read our article about what needs to be considered when choosing blank hats or custom hats. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be in contact within 24 hours.

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