We LOVE spring. But you know what they say, April flowers bring May showers. That's right - we’re going to talk about rain + hats. You wake up to the pitter patter of raindrops + your first thought is: “Shoot! Can I still wear my Gigi Pip hat today?”. Don’t worry, all the answers are right here.
Our general advice when wearing a wool / felt hat is that light rain is okay! Our felt hats can get wet, but they are not made to be wet for long periods. If you're planning on being in heavy rain for an extended period of time, it could do some damage + cause the hat to shrink or lose its shape.
If you get caught in the rain in a felt hat, pat the water off, leave it on a flat surface brim facing down + let it dry. It's important to keep your felt hat clean to prevent water spots. Our hat brush, lint rollers + cleaning sponge can help to keep your hat looking pristine! If the hat seems to be losing its shape, you can steam the hat to build the shape back. We have so many great resources on how to keep your hat in good shape. You can check them out here.
If you plan on wearing a felt hat in the rain often, there are a couple products that allow you to waterproof your hat using a spray / protectant. A quick google search will lead you in the right direction
Here are our top hat picks for rainy day weather:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.