Aly has been a big supporter of Gigi Pip for a long time -- she's continuously rockin' our hats in her feed. I came in contact with Aly a few months ago when we did a collaboration with the Billie. Instantly, I was inspired by her authenticity in how she showcases her beautiful life through photography and her passion for being a mom to her three lil' babes. I am thrilled to introduce Aly to all of you + know you will love her as much as I do.
What are you passionate about in life?
So much to be passionate about! Life is good (cue the Future and Drake song) My passions lie in Motherhood-loving my babies; Raising good humans. Homemaking-creating a beautiful, safe place to make memories in. There's love behind these walls. Art-Creating visual magic through the eyes of a camera lens. Playing dress-up- Wearing ALL the hats (quite literally).
Were there ever times you felt uncertain if you could make it in that capacity? What gave you the courage/confidence to push through?
When I have a moment of self-doubt, I'm grateful for my husband who sees me in different eyes than I see myself. He believes in me, supports me, AND gets me a Gigi Pip hat for every holiday. My children give me the courage and strength daily to persevere, as it's so important to me that they see their mother following her dreams, AND nurturing her identity outside of motherhood, too. I want my daughters and son to know AND to believe that they are capable of anything. And so you are you, friend.
How did you get connected to Gigi Pip, and can you describe your affinity toward the company?
I'm naturally drawn to anything that possesses beauty/aesthetics (that's the enneagram 4 in me!), so when I discovered Gigi Pip, the inner hat lover in me HAD to get my hands on one! Gigi Pip hats are STUNNING. Hang them on the wall and they make the perfect home decor. Pair them with any outfit to completely transform your look. Cover up day 7464 mom hair and look chic'. (I can't be the only one who does this right?) As a woman who "wears many hats" - mother, homemaker, spouse, friend, artist, and photographer (oh AND crazy hat lady!), amongst many other things, Gigi Pip's "many hats" motto resonates with me on so many levels. Catch me doing all of the above, but with a Gigi Pip hat on, of course.
Which of the GGP styles are your favorites, and why?
My hands-down, favorite styles, are the Emma and the Miller. I love that Emma is so versatile- dress her up or down. Perfect everyday casual hat, but also makes for a great finishing touch to a more made up outfit. The Miller is a beautiful hat that I personally think would complement anyone. A great "beginner" hat for someone who wants to get their feet wet, (because of the multiple color selections, and a brim that doesn't overwhelm)!
Do you ever find yourself giving style advice? What would you say to gals who like the style of a wide brim hat, but doesn't feel confident they could pull off the look?
"Girl you must have never tried a Gigi Pip!" But seriously- as soon as it's placed on your head, it's an instant connection- love-at-first-sight kinda thing- so be prepared. (You can't have JUST one. Ask my husband, he will tell ya!) Gigi Pip offers a hat in everyone's comfort zone. However, taking a leap and trying something that may seem more daring style-wise, usually always pays off. Don't take anything too seriously- fashion should be fun. Tell yourself you're going to rock it and you will. Do your thing girl. xx Aly Ryan
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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 (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!