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!
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size 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 + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. 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.