One of the biggest misconceptions in the world of fashion is about wearing hats. That misconception is that only certain people with certain head shapes and face shapes can wear hats. WRONG. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hats can be scary, but we are going to teach you why you should brave the outfit opportunities that come with being a hat person. Have no fear, there is a hat out there for everyone.
The best part about being a hat person is that hats instantly transform any look. It is one of the simplest and quickest ways to take your outfit from drab to fab and the best addition for any #ootd, especially on those bad hair days.
There are so many reasons to be hat person and here are just a few:
1. Hello, your "in between hair wash, just got home from the gym, dry shampoo to the max" look will thank you. Forget that dry shampoo and baby powder, your greasy hair is making it a few more days with the help of a good baseball cap or a fedora.
Hat: Moe Baseball Cap
2. Once you find a hat that fits you perfectly, you'll never look back. Your hats should always sit squarely on your head and cover most of your forehead unless we're talking the Gingeror Dahliawhich rest nicely on the crown of your head.
3. There's no such thing as "in season" when it comes to hats. For a tried and true style, choose a hat that fits with any season like a classic fedora or straw hat that translate from sweaters to shorts. Grabbing one of these classic styles is a sure fire way to get you on the Gigi Pip train.
4. With the incorporation of a hat into your wardrobe, you can keep your outfits a little more simple and basic. Hats carry a lot of weight in your look, so create that balance with a minimalistic approach to your outfit.
5. Going back to the topic of hat hair, with a wide brim like the Emma or Scottie, it is easier to embrace your natural hair. Whether it's pin straight or textured beach waves, you can wear it long and loose, in a low ponytail or bun and even a loose braid on the side. The hairstyle + hat possibilities are endless.
So if you weren't already a Gigi Pip hat convert, you better be now. We would love to hear what you love about being a #hatperson. Let us know in the comments!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that you know what your hat size is, let's find The Best Hat for your Face Shape!