Best Hat Styles for Women With Short Hair (updated)
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
As you may know, I am a bit of a hat freak. And, when all of you women over 40, 50, or 60 get to be a bit older, and your hair becomes a bit thinner, you’ll start to understand why I love hats so much. Hey, my hair has been baby fine and very thin for my entire life, so I’m really into chapeau chic.
And, this is the right place to ask your hat questions.
What Kinds of Hats Are Good for Short Hair?
Here is a message I got the other day:
Love your website and Pinterest boards. I would love to wear hats. Would you kindly talk about different styles and shapes and what to do with short hair and what jewelry I can wear and help!
I have short hair and I love hats.
Personally, I don't think it matters if your hair is long or short. What matters is that your hat looks proportional to your body type, looks good with your face shape, and looks right with your outfit.
Your Hat Should Go With Your Outfit
It’s more important for your hat to go with your outfit than to go with your hair.
When I’m getting dressed, I usually start at the top and work my way down (in my mind) as I'm planning what to wear. I start with one of my hats and then I look for clothing that goes with my chosen chapeau. Yes, I have THAT many hats. Well, my husband says I have 100 hats, but many of them are cheap little $2 toques from my travels. Those don't really count, do they?
However, you (Suzanne and other readers) will probably be getting dressed first and then deciding whether or not you want to add one of your hats to your ensemble.
(Ensemble = a fancy word for a pair of jeans and a T-shirt or whatever you’re throwing on for the day). And, that reminds me of a very important point:
- Your hat (color) does not need to match the color of your outfit.
Your hat doesn't need to match the color of your outfit, it just needs to have the same “feel” as the rest of your outfit... (unless you are going for an edgy look and you want to wear a "dressy" dress with a pork pie)... but that’s for Hat Style Class 102. And in general, you don’t really want to be too “matchy” or you’ll end up looking like QE2.
Not that the Queen looks bad… I just want you to look like you’re having a bit more fun... I want you to shake things up and make it lively.
Small Brims and Short Hair
I don’t think your hair length really matters too much when choosing a hat. Sometimes, your hair becomes a factor, but hair length is usually more like an afterthought. Almost all hats look just fine with short hair.
The only exception might be big floppy hats. Big floppy boho hats usually look slightly better with longer tresses, because the long hair gives a type of balance to the large wavy brim. (Large floppies are a retro hippie look from the late 60s and early 70s.)
Other than that, I wear the same hats now (with short hair) that I wore when I had long hair. Whenever I felt that my long hair didn't "go" with my hat, I just pulled my skimpy locks up into a high ponytail and popped on my hat over everything.
And, when my hair was chin length or too short for a pony, I just pinned it up as best I could and the hat made me look fab by covering my crappy hair. (Use bobby pins with rhinestone flowers. The embellishment helps keep your hat on even though no one sees the fancy pins.)
Should Your Hair Peek Out So it Shows?
In general, you should have some of your short hair peeking out to soften your look… so pull your bangs (or some wispy tendrils) out from under your hat. Without that, your look could be too severe… but not always.
With some hat shapes, it is neither necessary nor desirable to have your hair showing. Too many websites are flat out wrong about this! Some flapper-style hats look JUST FINE without any hair peeping out.
Back to hair length, one thing that could matter with short hair is if you have a hairdo that would be flattened by wearing a hat. Of course, you don’t have to take your hat off unless it’s necessary for your job. (See article about hat etiquette at the end of this article.)
On the other hand, if you have short hair, it makes me think that you will look good in a hat with a smaller brim, such as a small fedora, a cloche, a beret, or an English Mod cap.
Keep reading about cute hats for women with short hair on page 2.