The main hat I wear in life is that of a young woman in recovery. Being a sober thirtysomething living in NYC isn’t easy, so I’ve decided rock my sober hat hard and with tremendous pride. Every morning I put on that hat and tell myself, “I can get through today on my own without any help from substances.” This is a big part of my daily journey through recovery and one of the reasons I can relate so strongly to the concept of needing to wear a hat every day. So far, I have been wearing my hat in sobriety for over two years! That being said, we all wear many different hats and my hat collection includes that of a creative, an entrepreneur, a loving fiancé who is engaged to the man of my dreams, and a super dog mom to two adorable yorkies named Boots and Maeby.
Sobriety has been the most challenging and rewarding hat that I’ve worn as it has not only forced me to find and embody my true self, but also to learn to love that person while facing life without any numbing or avoidance. While wearing this hat for the past 2+ years has not been easy, I’ve been able to soak in reality and the beauty that life has to offer like I haven’t done since I was a little kid. There are few rewards as powerful as getting to view the amazing things about life with childlike wonder!
Another challenge for me is my career and wearing my “Influencer” hat (I hate that moniker by the way, “iNfLuEnCeR.” it sounds pretentious, which is definitely not me). It is hard in the world of Social Media not to compare yourself to the many others who are wearing the same hat you are. I’m always thinking of how I can be better or wonder what I’m doing wrong.
I am often insecure. When you are putting your picture out there everyday, people never usually think that.
My mother inspires me. She lost her husband, my dad, when I was ten and never let that stop her. She created a business that is still thriving after thirty years. My Mom is my best friend and never judges me (at least for no longer than an initial 30 seconds). She always supports me through my many career changes and life choices and I would’t be here today without her.
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.