Hat shopping can be overwhelming. How can you tell the difference between a fedora or boater? What material is it made out of? Will it look good on me?
Here's a breakdown of Gigi Pip + the styles we carry.
Most Gigi Pip hats can be divided into the following categories:
Fedora - Some examples include Leo, Wes, Scottie, Emma, Britton, Billie
A fedora is a brimmed hat with a pinched crown. Fedoras will compliment any face shape so we usually recommend this style to first time hat buyers.
Boater - Some examples include Dahlia, Brae, Faye
You can easily distinguish a boater hat because of its flat crown. Named after Italian gondoliers + typically made of straw but our Dahlia is a great felt option.
Dome Crown - Some examples include Annabella, Hallie, Olivette, Addie
Dome crown hats will have a rounded top + usually have a floppy brim. These are popular options for those who love to travel since they are easy to pack.
Some other styles we carry include the following:
Trilby - Ruth
Beret - Sophie
Gigi Pip hat brims can be divided into these categories:
Wide Brim - Over 3” or 7cm
Short Brim - 3” or 7 cm and under
Floppy Brim - soft + doesn’t hold its shape
Stiff Brim - holds its shape or can be steamed back into it's original shape
Gigi Pip hats are made of the following materials:
Straw - The type of straw can vary from paper straw to seagrass straw. See product description for more details about each hat
Polyester - Hats like our Esteeare made of faux suede polyester which is a popular Fall or Winter material.
Wool - A majority of our hats are made of genuine Australian wool felt.
While straw is usually reserved for Spring, Summer, + those of you who live in perpetual sunshine, felt can be worn year round.
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.