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May 15, 2018 2 min read

Happy National Straw Hat Day! Yes, it's a real thing, a real holiday and a real event happening on May 15th every year dedicated to celebrating all things straw hats. Who would have thought? If you didn't know, a straw hat can be woven out of straw or straw-like materials from different plants or synthetics. The straw hat was originally designed to protect the head from the sun and against heatstroke, but are now also worn as fashion accessories. 

There are several styles of straw hats, but all of them are woven using some sort of plant fiber. Many of these hats are formed in similar fashion to felt hats. They are softened by steam or submersion in hot water and then formed by hand. Finer and more expensive straw hats have a tighter and more consistent weave. 

Straw hats originated from Europe and Asia since after the Middle Ages, during the summer months. President Theodore Roosevelt helped to popularize the straw Panama hat during his visit to the Panama Canal.

Today, Gigi Pip is the leader in straw hats. In today's blog post, we are sharing our favorite straw hats because what is summer without a good, straw, sun hat for beach days and pool hangs. Check out some of our picks:


The Addie is our sure statement, wide brim sun hat made from genuine raffia straw. The domed crown is trimmed with genuine leather detail. With a 5" brim, Addie is perfect for staying out of the sun for a day on the lake. She even has an adjustable inner band to ensure the perfect fit. Go pack the cooler and blow up the pool floats, summer just got a whole lot cuter. 

Addie Gigi Pip straw hat with woman smiling

Addie- Straw Wide Brim Sun Hat

close up of straw hat


Faye-Black Straw Boater Hat 

You loved the OG Faye, so we brought her back in black. Just like its twin sister, the wide brim boater hat has an incredible personality and another adjustable inner band. The classic shape mixed with the traditional black band is a no-brainer. This is the hat of the summer people.

Faye Straw Boater hat

Faye- Natural Straw Boater Short Brim Hat

Faye straw boater hat




The Gwen is natural colored pairing perfectly with any summer wardrobe and fitting for any summer day. Another sure statement piece, the Gwen will leave you dreaming of the beach. 

Gwen straw sun hat

Gwen- Wide Brim Sun Hat

closeup of Gwen straw sun hat



Our Cleo is more midtoned, brown paper straw hat with a little bit smaller brim. She was made to be worn by women all year long, but we particularly love her in the summer. She travels well and is just waiting to head with you on all your summer vacations. This versatile straw hat is giving us all the heart eyes and we're adding to cart ASAP!


Cleo straw fedora hat

Cleo: Brown Straw Fedora Hat 

Cleo straw fedora hat on woman


So now, the moment you've been waiting for all blog post for. You've all been wondering how Gigi Pip is celebrating National Straw Hat Day. Well, here it is. We are letting you in on the celebration by offering our loyal customers a FREE ball cap with purchase of any straw hat today only!! Happy straw hat shopping!


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