Happy Wednesday! In today's blog post, we are breaking down some of our most frequently asked questions. Whether it's hat care, hat styling, returns or exchanges or just plain old hat inquiries. We have created a resource for you to refer to when you just don't know. Check them out:
How do I care for my hat?
Your hat will last a long time if properly cared for. Some best practices include the occasional "soft brush" to remove dust and debris, picking up your hat by the brim and not the crown, and hanging your hat instead of laying it flat.
How do hat sizes work?
Most women hat sizes are created to be one size fits all. In general, this covers medium to large head sizes. Often times, women hats will have an adjustable inner band to help with fitting and smaller head size. Look for the fitting guide in the description of each Gigi Pip hat to better understand how each hat will fit. Read this blog post for more information on hat sizing.
What are the hats made of?
Hats are commonly made from a variety of materials. Wool felt hats are commonly found as they imitate fur felts without the high costs of fur. Hats can also be made from materials such as polyester, fur, and mixed polyester/wool. For a better understanding of what each Gigi Pip hat is made from, see the product description. Read this blog post for more information on how hats are made.
Can wool felt hats get wet?
Do what you can to keep moisture off of your hat. Wet hats often change shape slightly when they dry. For this reason, it is best to hang a hat to dry rather than lay it flat. There are several treatments available for waterproofing your hat.
Can I return or exchange my hat?
Do you ship internationally?
We are happy to ship to many countries across the globe. Please take note that import taxes, duties, and related customs fees may be charged once the package arrives at the destination country and is out of the control of Gigi Pip. Payment for these fees is the responsibility of the purchaser. Please check with your local customs agency for costs associated with shipping goods into your country.
Please note: Gigi Pip can only guarantee delivery in the US and Canada, all customers purchasing from outside of the US and Canada will be provided proof of shipment and will then be directed to USPS to ensure they receive their delivery. We encourage all customers outside of the US and Canada to become familiar with USPS international shipments policies before placing their order. USPS international shipping info can be found at: https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/welcome.htm.
You can find a list of countries that USPS will ship to here: https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immctry.htm. USPS does not provide tracking information in all countries they ship to.
What is your best selling hat?
What advice do you have for someone wanting to start a business?
We get asked a lot about advice when starting a new business venture. No question - - - IT IS HARD!! There are so many hours behind the scenes, that at the beginning can feel monotonous, long + overwhelming. But our best advice would be to write down three seemingly impossible goals and work towards them. Surround yourself with people that keep you going, even when you want to quit. YOU GOT THIS! Read this blog postfor more information about Ginger's journey to start Gigi Pip.
How do you hang your hats?
We find the best and most practical way to display and hang your Gigi Pip hat collection is with the help of Commandhooks. Slap those babies on your wall of choice. Brownie points from your landlord for not putting holes in the wall am I right? If you're really confident about where you want your Gigi Pip hats to call home, a more permanent option for hanging includes a small, simple nail. Easy as pie. Read this blog post for more information on hat hanging.
How do I fix misshapen hats?
There are multiple ways you can steam out the scrunch, the crunch or anything in between including using an industrial steamer, a handheld steamer you can get fromTarget orWalmart, boiling a pot of water at home or even throwing it in the bathroom to steam while you shower. Read this blog post for more information on reshaping your hat.
Feel free to leave any unanswered questions in the comments! We are always here to help.
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!