"ideal" shape is oval. The aim for every other
shape is to become more oval-like. This can be achieved with the right
choice of hairstyle, hat style and even, to a certain extent with
The wrong style for a face will emphasize a
feature that should be de-emphasized. For instance, the popular upswept
quiff hairstyle makes a long face look even longer. So, if you have a
long face shape (as many men do) you will be better advised to go for a
The shape of your face, to some extent, also affects the neckline and
collar styles that suit you best. Although your torso shape,
neck and shoulder types also affect your best choices for those styles.
is a lot of variety in face shapes. However, we (image consultants and
stylists) typically learn to categorize each shape into the 9 face
shapes shown below (there is some variation in training; some systems
have a different number of categories).
You may find your face
easily fits into one of the categories. However, it's not unusual
to find you're a mix of more than one of the types. In this case the aim is to
identify your main shape, and possibly a secondary shape as well.
hairstyles, eyeglasses, and hats follow recommendations for
your primary shape, but maybe also incorporate some of the
recommendations for your secondary shape (if they don't conflict with
the recommendations for your main shape).
Face shapes can also change over time, with weight loss,
weight gain, or with age.