Did you know that in the 1920's it was scandalous for a woman to leave her house without a hat? Western women of the middle and upper class in the 1920s + 30s were expected to keep the top of their heads hidden whenever going outside, so wearing hats was a must!
When you first add a hat to your closet it can become very overwhelming. How to wear a hat? Where can you wear it? How can you style it? Does it match? But don't worry! We got you covered. A hat is a fun accessory that will add pizzazz + confidence in your life! The most important thing to remember is just have fun! After reading this blog you will know how to match hat color with clothes in each season!
A hat can be worn during Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall! There are different hats for different seasons. We love styling straw hats in the spring + summer and bennies in the winter! You can also travel, hide a bad hair day and do fun hairstyles with a hat.
We will share photos of different outfits so you can get inspired, but remember to share your look with us by tagging us on Instagram @gigipip!
Matching your outfit to your hat doesn't have to be hard! Get creative + wear what makes YOU feel beautiful! Winter is all about comfort and staying warm. This doesn't mean you have to kiss style goodbye! You can even style-up loungewear with a hat and make it chic!
The best material of hat to wear in the winter would be wool. The wool will help your head stay warm during freezing winter days. The best colors to style in the winter are browns, black + grey.
We have various styles of felt hats. Our fedoras + boaters are are some of our favorite styles to wear during the winter!
This is a must go for a cold winter day! Not only will it help you stay warm but it will make you look chic all throughout the frigid winter. A Beanie is a fun accessory that comes in different colors. You can match it to your sweater/ jacket or make your outfit pop with a bright color!
A monochromatic look is so perfect for a winter day. Matching your jacket to your hat is a great way to achieve this look. Our favorite hats to match with our jackets all throughout the winter are Monroe, Scottie + Wes! The best colors to achieve this look are grey, black + browns, these 3 colors seriously match with everything!
Spring is a great time to break out your straw hats since you will start to be outdoors more but this does not mean you have to put your felt hats away! Spring is a fun season to experiment with colors, patterns and materials!
Spring is one of the best seasons to try new styles due to the weather changing. You can try something new everyday since the weather ranges from cold to warm! The best colors to wear during the spring are very light neutral colors. Such as our beautiful Monroe- Dusty Pink.
Jean jackets are a serious must in the spring time! You can pair it with your favorite hat + light colored shirt. This is a great go-to look when you don't know how to match hat color with clothes. We absolutely love this look for a sunny spring day!
Jumpsuits + Rompers are awesome because your outfit is half way complete! No need to worry if your pants + shirt match! All you have to do is find your favorite hat + you are ready to go!
When summer time hits + you plan your summer get-away, you might wonder how will you wear a sun hat.
There is something about the summer sun that makes us want to wear wide brim hats, such as our beautiful Capri Medium! Not only does it look dreamy with your outfit but it protects you from the sun! Styling a sun hat is so much fun because you get to mix bright colors with the neutral color of the straw!
The best material of hat to wear during the summer is straws because they are light, breathable + perfect for those hot summer days! We recommend hats that are lighter in color such as off-whites, creams, ivory + light browns.
We have various sun hat styles you can choose from such as boaters, lifeguard, fedora + even visors! Deciding which hat works best for you is all about what makes you feel confident!
If one of your favorite summer activities is to be outdoors in the sun tanning, then having a good sun hat is a must! Here are a few of our favorites: Ozzy, Arlo, Isla + Seabreeze. These hats go perfect with bright color bathing suits.
Summer dresses are so comfortable + perfect to throw on during a hot summer day! Some of the best summer colors to wear during the summer are pink, white, blue and ofc we can't forget the 2020 trend of tie-dye!
This boho inspired look is not complete without a hat! A pattern flowy skirts, with sneakers and a vintage t-shirt has been one of our favorite trends this season and it's moving into the fall too!
Wearing a sun hat will set you apart and turn a normal outfit into a fun look! Check out where to wear you straw hat!
Felt hats are one of our favorite ways to dress up any fall outfit! They are so versatile and can be a fun way to transition your summer style into fall.
During the fall you are able to pull of various looks such as wearing a fedora, a cap or even beanies! Playing with different styles of brim are great during fall. You can choose from a curled brim like our Monroes or flat brim like our Wrens!
The lieutenant cap is our vintage inspired take on a classic cap style. It is so beautiful + chic and pairs beautiful with an oversized sweater!
This is a great everyday go-to fall look. You can pair your hat with your favorite fall boots/ booties! Throw an oversize blazer and you are ready to go! This outfit is perfect because you can layer it!
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!