BELLA BLU DESIGN
Zanzibar Panama Optimo Hat
What way do you like to wear your hat?
There are two ways to wear your hat – the traditional way or worn on the back of the head – and your hat size will differ based on which option you prefer.
Worn The Traditional Way
Pull the tape or string snug but not tight and note the length of the circumference of your head in CM. You can compare the length of string against a ruler to get your measurement.
Compare the measurement you obtained with the hat size chart. If your measurement falls in between sizes, we suggest the larger size for comfort. For instance for a circumference of 56.5cm choose a medium size and our adjustable inner lining will ensure a snug fit.
Worn To The Back Of The Head
|Bella Blu Size:||Metric (cm):||Inches:|
|X-Small||53-54||20 7/8 - 21 1/8|
|Small||55-56||21 1/2 - 21 7/8|
|Medium||57-58||22 1/4 - 22 5/8|
|Large||59-60||23 - 23 1/2|
|XX - Large||62||24 1/4|
Adhesive hat filler pad
As our hats are all handmade slight variances in hat size will occur. Most of our hat styles have an adjustable inner lining to ensure snug fit. In addition a hat filler can be used to ensure a snug fit. The hat filler is made of foam cushioning and one side is adhesive so it can easily be fitted into the lining of the inner sweat band. We include one with every hat we sell.
- Flip inner sweatband of hat up so the straw is exposed.
- Peel off the white adhesive backing from the filler.
- Fix the adhesive side of the filler onto the inside of the inner sweatband, at the crown or rear of the hat (which ever feels more comfortable for you). Fold the sweatband back down again so the pad is now hidden.
- This will reduce your hat size by approximately 1cm.
- For more information go to www.bellabludesign.com
When selecting a hat consider the proportion of your face shape and body to find hat styles that complement you. While every face is different, most can be grouped into one of six general shapes. Take a look through these descriptions to work out what best suits you!
Face Shape : Oblong
Definition - Face is longer than it is wide. Fairly straight lines running from temple to jaw & a round chin.
Aim - Find harmony by evening out the length of the face and provide more width. Crown of hat covers ample portion of forehead, sits low on forehead. Wide brims, especially ones that are turned downwards.
- Medium-wide brims
Avoid - Tall hat crowns. Narrow or flat brims as they emphasis the length of your face.
Face Shape: Round
Definition - Symmetrical face. It is about as wide as it is long with a wide forehead and full checks and rounded chin.
Aim - Balance out with a more angular hat that creates length. You can easily wear asymmetrical shapes, such as hats with a high crown, peaked or slanted brim and slanting your hat forward. These details will all give great proportion and shape to a round face.
- Round crown sun hat
- Pork pie
Avoid - Anything low to the head or rounded as this accentuates the roundness.
Face Shape: Square
Definition - Square jawed with a wide forehead and wide cheek bones.
Aim - Soften the crisp lines of the face and add symmetry with a curved silhouette, something rounder and asymmetrical will be flattering and balance out the sharp jawline.
- Bowler hat
- Round crown sun hat
Avoid - Sharp lines and short brims, Pork pie, Trilby's
Face Shape: Heart
Definition - Wide forehead with a sharp chin.
Aim - Balance is achieved by slimming the forehead to make it appear more narrow. Any short-medium in length brimmed style hat will achieve this and be flattering.
- Sun hat medium brim
- Pork pie
Avoid - Avoid wide brims as this will make the forehead appear even wider.
Face Shape: Oval
Definition - Perfectly symmetrical face.
Aim - All hats work for you. Hats should be worn straight across the head or forehead.
- Any hat
Avoid - Nothing
Face Shape: Diamond
Definition - Widest at cheekbones, narrow forehead and tapered chin.
Aim - A moderate to wide brim will accentuate the positive features of your angular face.
- Medium-wide brim sun hats
Avoid - Round and short brims
Handwoven ivory toquilla straw in Ecuador by artisans using centuries-old techniques, the Optimo style has a smart centre seam that allows you to roll it and easily take it with you on your travels. Trimmed with a deep black grosgrain ribbon with a simple loop bow on the left hand side. A classic!
100% toquilla palm straw
Grosgrain ribbon trim
Inner sweat band of a cotton and polyester mix
Brim measures 6cm*
Suitable for square and oval face shapes.
*Note: This style is usually finished with a handcraft woven edge. Slight variances in brim width are to be expected with a tolerance of +/-1cm.