Meet Elyse Dean, a midwest mama, and wife with the prettiest Instagram feed we've ever seen. She is a faithful follower of God and has the sweetest baby girl named Koven. Get to know one of our favorite Instagrammers in this week's #thehatswewear series.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
Like most women, I wear many hats! I wear the hat of a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. I also wear the hat of a blogger/Instagrammer.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
I find the most rewarding hat is my role as a mother. There is something indescribably satisfying about being THE mom to your babies.... even on the worst days, It’s a hat I’ll never take off.
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
I find that my hat as a friend is most challenging- mostly because I am learning how to be a good friend even in this new stage of life where my husband and babies take priority. In order to embrace it, I make sure and give QUALITY time to my friends when the opportunity arises- and if their name is on my mind, I send them a quick text to let them know I love them. So many times it’s been just what they needed.
What hats are least known about you?
My least known hat is my role as a sister. I have one older brother that many people know of, but I also have three younger brothers (ages 6mo, 4yrs,7yrs) who mean very much to me. The dynamic with them is far different than anything else in my life.
Who or what inspires you?
Thoughtfulness inspires me. People who live their life with intentionality always cultivate passion and gratitude. It’s magnetic. I try to live each day intentionally- even when it’s just the time spent on my phone. Am I being encouraging? Learning something new? Resting my mind? I truly admire those who can consistently live in that mindset.
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.