The fedora hat has been a fashion sensation for over a century. In the 1880s, French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt popularized the fedora to the female audience. She played the role of Princess Fedora Romanov in the play "Fedora" by Victorien Sardou. In this play she wore a wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The fashionable hat became highly recognized as the symbol for the women's rights movement. Now when you wear your fedora you'll be reminded of its symbolism to women empowerment.
A fedora is normally described as a soft felt hat with a creased or pinched crown with a medium to wide brim. Today, any hat that resembles the original fedora hat is also considered to be a fedora this even includes hats made of straw or twill!
Although, the fedora's features varies from hat to hat the 2 most important features are the the crown and brim of the hat.
The crown is the top portion of the hat. The height can vary from tall such as our WES 5.25" (13.5 cm) to short like our MONROE 3" (7.5cm). On most fedoras you will find a dent or crease on the crown. This is one of the key indicators of a fedora!
The brim is horizontal part of the hat! It also varies in size. A short brim such as the one on our LEO is perfect for someone who has a smaller face. The ISLA on the other hand, has a wide brim perfect for all outdoors activities. The wider the brim the more shade + protection from the sun!
Our fedora collection was designed with your closet + style in mind. Our ladies fedora hats feature a range of styles from feminine to bold and everything in between. If this is your first time shopping for a hat or trying to find the perfect gift for that "hat person" in your life, then a fedora style is the way to go! A ladies fedora is a classic + timeless silhouette that will never go out of style.
Our goal today is to help your find that perfect fedora! Follow these easy steps to determine which hat fits your style best!
Find your hat size! Before you start shopping it is so important that you measure your head + find your perfect fit. Here's a quick Hat Sizing Guide to get you started! Our fedora's come with an adjustable band that allows you find your exact fit!
Choose your style! We believe that the perfect hat for you is the one that makes you feel like a queen! Our styles vary from short to tall crowns and wide to short brims. Click here to Find the Right Brim for your Face!
Choose the material! Fedora hats can be made out of leather, felt, wool, cashmere and even straw! All material we use to create our beautiful hats are sourced all around the world! Our wool comes from Australia, leather comes from different parts of Europe and Asia, and straw come from South America, and they're all brought together to form a truly unique product.
Creating ethically made products is a standard of Gigi Pip. We do all we can to ensure that our products are produced in a manner that demonstrates respect for the people who produce them including abiding by appropriate age laws, labor laws, and paying fair and sustainable compensation.
All of our fedora hats for women are best sellers so you can't go wrong! Here are some of our recommendations to start with the Wes and the Arlo. These are perfect to start your hat collection!
If you are lucky to find the Monroe and Scottie in your size, then we recommend you buy it since it is our best seller and tends to sell out quickly!
When creating each hat we go above and beyond to make sure we have the best product on the market. We back this up with our confidence guarantee, which is our promise to get you the hat you feel comfortable with, even if that requires us to cover shipping back and forth.
Don't know where to wear your new fedora hat? Don't worry we got you covered! Here are our top 5 places where to wear a fedora hat. Fedoras are great for every season + every occasion, so what better way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall than with a few fedoras! They can dress up or down any outfit. They’re actually incredible. Check this out.
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 (57cm to 59cm)
M/L (59cm to 61cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Small - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Medium - 58cm (22.83 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 61cm (24.01 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!