Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, or guest, wearing a hat with your outfit is a major trend! Whatever the dress code - formal, casual, + everything in between - there’s a hat to match the vibe. Here’s everything you should know about wearing a hat to a wedding.
Wedding bells are ringing, which means it's time to double-check the dress code on your invitation + put on your best hat for the celebration.
Daytime, nighttime, outside, casual, or formal - all of these factors should be considered when wearing a hat to a wedding. You want your hat to be appropriate for the occasion + fit for potential weather conditions but also remember the size, color, + style.
Go the desert route + have your big day in Sedona, Ca like our friend Lauren Farr - a bride-to-be who created our 5th limited edition hat.
Palm trees, piña coladas, + warm, fine-grain sand between your toes - sounds like a destination wedding! A vacation + a wedding celebration all rolled into one - could there be a better scenario for a beautiful straw hat?
Now you have a dilemma - which one of your felt hats will you choose to wear to a dressy-casual wedding?
Whatever you do, don’t wear white to a wedding after Labor day…or wait, is that what we’re not supposed to do? Anyway, forget about the Labor Day rule (everybody else has), but definitely stick to the wedding rule - unless it’s your big day, wearing white is a social + fashion faux pas.
Metallics are in right now, but save your sequins dress for another day because the bride will be the only star on her wedding day.
Cheers with it, don’t wear it. Champagne is too close to white, so take as many sips as you want, but keep this special dress in your closet for another party.
Ew, no. Unless it’s a '90s-themed wedding. But even then, it’s pretty questionable…
It’s beautiful, it’s striking, it’s everything only the bride should be on her special day.
It’s okay to wear black to a wedding as a guest…except when you’re attending a Hindu wedding. Not even the groom wears black at his wedding - black is seen as a color that represents evil + darkness. Imagine bringing that kind of energy to someone’s wedding - it would be the worst!
“One is never over-dressed or under-dressed in a little black dress.” - Karl Lagerfeld. This is so true! You will always look striking in a LBD + in most cultures, wearing black to a wedding is not out of the ordinary, especially when you’re headed to a wedding with a formal or black tie dress code.
Aside from Hindu weddings, wearing black gets the green light. It never hurts to check the dress code or to know what kind of wedding you’re headed to. If it’s a daytime wedding + you’ll be outside, you may not want to attract all that sun in your black attire.
We checked up on this at magpiewedding.com + they say that traditionally the mother of the bride wears a hat to the wedding, particularly if the wedding is a more formal one, or held in a church.
Take cues from the matriarch at the wedding breakfast. If the mother of the bride takes her hat off at any point during the wedding breakfast, or when she’s seated, remember to follow her lead. At least that’s the traditional thing to do!
At a formal wedding, it’s typical to see the mother of the groom wearing a hat. If this hat exceeds the extravagance of the hat worn by the mother of the bride, this is considered poor etiquette by traditional standards.
Up, up, + away, or flowing naturally are both great practices for wearing your hair with a fascinator! What’s a fascinator + do women really wear them anymore?
It’s a high-society headpiece that women wear to weddings + other upscale events – women in the U.K., like Kate Middleton, are all about it!
Since fascinators are smaller than a traditional hat, how you wear your hair is a big part of styling your overall look.
Tucked behind your ears, with a tight, neat bun is a sophisticated + refined look to wear as a guest at a dressy wedding.
Half up, half down is a lovely style because the fascinator takes up such a small amount of space while still making a big statement.
Old school etiquette tells us it’s rude to wear a hat inside - but society has been challenging that for a while now. We still take our hats off at the dinner table, + maybe in church, but hat etiquette has changed a lot over time. Let’s revisit the reasons why wearing a hat inside is considered rude.
Back in the day, hats were mostly worn for practical purposes or workwear. It made sense to cover your head in the rainy season, to avoid sunburn in midsummer, + for protection against floating debris in the factory during a long workday.
Taking a dirty, sweaty, wet hat off inside is common sense + shows a person to be well-mannered. Nobody wants to be that girl who leaves a trail of gross stuff all through the house!
Instant pots are great + all, but let’s face it, everybody loves getting money as a gift. How much money you give is up to you + your budget. Typically, people will give the newlyweds $75 - $200. It’s a great gift for a couple to spend on their honeymoon!
So many women are welcoming hats as an accessory wherever they go. We know there are traditions to uphold, but as long as you respect the culture + dress code of the wedding you’re headed to, you can (+ should) wear a hat to a wedding.
Do you have a smashed or crushed hat on your hands? Check out our step by step instructions on how to reshape your hat using steam!
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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.