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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Finding your perfect hat starts with finding the perfect fit. Let's answer some common questions to help you find a Gigi Pip that will give you the best look and feel.
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) and most often measured in centimeters. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women's hats to be sized based on average women's head sizes and then adjusted down to fit.
For example - Since the average women's head size measures 57cm, a small to medium hat would be made to fit 57cm and then can be adjusted down to 55cm. Larger head sizes measure up to 59cm, so a medium to large size hat would be made to fit a 59cm head size and then can be adjusted down to 57cm. Children ages 7 and below are typically 53cm, and those ages 7+ tend to be 55cm. Because of this, Gigi Pip hats sizes are as followed:
Kids (53cm to 55cm)
S/M (55cm to 57cm)
M/L (57cm to 59cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 54cm (21.25 Inches)
Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Medium - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 60cm (23.62 Inches)
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size and are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) and then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide on the style you'd like to size your hat to and adjust your hat accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table and measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eye brows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head and the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
This is the halo style way of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, and the front of you head up on your brow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, and the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally however we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
All Gigi Pip hats are made to adjust to the perfect fit. Before making any adjustments, check the inner band type and follow the directions below.
1. My hat has draw strings - If your inner band has draw strings located behind the tag on the rear side of the hat, simply pull them tight to adjust your hat size down a size or two. Pull gently to avoid a tare.
2. My hat DOES NOT have draw strings - Many types of inner bands do not allow for a draw strings such as leather, elastic or cotton with a foam lining. Hats without a draw string are adjusted by using Gigi Pip's Hat Sizing Tape (sold separately). Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head.
Directions to use Hat Sizing Tape: Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at email@example.com.
Now that you know what your hat size is, let's find The Best Hat for your Face Shape!