Adria Freshley is a creative and passionate woman whom we admire. We are honor to be able to feature her + all the hats she wear! Her creative authenticity shines through her work.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
Oh goodness, I feel like I wear so many! But the main ones would be a photographer, a storyteller, a people lover, and an avid thrifter. The things you’ll hear me talk about the most are: pizza, the way the light falls in a room to create shadows, thrifting, how I love anything in Dalmatian print, puns + dad jokes, and how much your presence matters!
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
I love my photography hat because in it I not only get to be creative + fuel my soul that way, but I get to be a cheerleader. When I work with my clients, I get to champion the best things in them + help them feel confident for who they are. I get to come alongside them in their passions + that honestly is the most rewarding.
What hats do you find the most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
My confidence hat is probably the most challenging. For the longest time I wouldn’t call myself a photographer because I felt like I was faking it—I had no idea how to run a business (and ya girl is STILL learning!). I’ve been taking photos for 10+ years, but only last year did I begin to say, “I am a photographer” when asked what I do. If I’m being really transparent, I sometimes still feel imposter syndrome creeping in when I say it today.
I would say that this season of my life has been a lot of me learning to embrace those feelings of discomfort + fear. Because embracing them has the potential to propel me into something new + exciting, something stretching + growing.
What hats are least known about you?
I LOVE to sing. You can catch me belting musicals around the house, singing entire concerts in the shower, humming to the grocery store music. A secret dream of mine is to record a song in a studio someday. Not saying I’d be studio good, but what a fun, once in a lifetime experience it’d be!
Who or what inspires you?
Music inspires me. The Epilogue by CHPTRS is one of my absolute favorite things to listen to. Then there’s Johnnyswim which is perfect for everything—I can dance to it, edit pictures to it, cry to it…mm, it’s the best. The songs that inspire me the most are the ones where the artist has somehow gotten a hold of + penned to music my thoughts I can never seem to make into actual words.
There are a handful of people in my life who just floor me with the way they live their life. The one thing they all have in common is how they love people with their entire heart. They do it in tangible ways, it’s not just lip service, and their impact whether big or small is deep + significant.
Favorite Gigi Pip style/color + why?
My favorite Gigi Pip hat is my Emma! It’s crazy because I totally didn’t use to be a hat person, but for whatever reason something switched + now I find myself trying to pair a hat with every outfit. I love the Emma’s wide brim + how the color goes with just about everything. It takes my outfit from here to HERE + it makes me feel SO confident. Catch me walking with an extra swing in my hips wearing my Gigi Pip ;)
Thank you Adria for taking your time and sharing with us!! We Adore you + your creativity is inspiring!
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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!