How to measure your face shape – Part 2

You want to buy a Panama hat, but you want to make sure you get one that suits you. The first step on that journey is determining what shape your face is. Here’s a handy guide to help you:

Using a soft tape measure, you need to measure the following areas:

  • Your forehead – measure from one eyebrow arch to the other.
  • Your cheekbones – measure them from bump to bump, below the outside corner of each eye.
  • Your jawline – measure from the middle of your chin out to the bottom of one ear, stopping at the point your jaw angles up to meet your ear. Remember to multiply that number by two to get your full jawline.
  • Finally, your facial length – measure from the centre of your forehead, at your hairline, down to the tip of your chin.

Now you have your measurements, you can see where your face is widest and you can set about determining what face shape you have.

An oval face is roughly one and a half times longer than it is wide, with the forehead slightly larger than the jawline. You’ll see your jawline is a bit ‘rounded’, giving your face an egg-shaped appearance.

The heart shape is very similar to the oval face shape. The main difference here is that the chin is narrower, often pointy, and the width of the cheekbones and forehead is greater.


The triangle shape is created by the wide jawline, slightly smaller cheekbones and small forehead. The triangle shape is also often referred to as the pear shape.

Like a circle, the round face is as wide as it is long. You will see a full round chin and a rounded hairline. The round face tends to make you look younger than other face shapes.

The long or ‘oblong’ face is so-called because, like its geometric counterpart, it is longer than it is wide. This means that the width of the forehead, cheeks, and jawline is uniform. Quite often, people with oblong faces have high foreheads.

Like the round face, the square face is very similar in width and length. The distance between the forehead and chin is practically equal to the distance from cheek to cheek. Where this face shape differs from the round face is that the features are more angular.

Once you have figured out your face shape, you can choose a Panama hat with confidence.

In our next blog we will explain which design to pick for which face shape! Stay tuned!

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Inspired by her travels and her passion for old movies, the Swiss founder of MonPanama, Anne-Claude Toral, has been fascinated by Panama hats and handbags since her childhood…. [read more]

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